Originally Posted by bikedavid
I am new to biking and have been going 8 miles round trip a day. Is that to much or to little for a beginner? When you all started how far were you going on the trails?
What kind of trails? I started with a mountian bike and part of why I went to a road bike was because 90% of the off road trails were either dead flat and of little interest or 'oh my god I'm going to die'. I can think of of hard loop where the one time i did it the main climb, I fire road had recently been plowed. Just one mile on htat was plenty for any beginner.
What bike, what terrain, even what time of day (as in how hot) can make a huge difference. Not knownig you I'll go with if you come home tired, but are ready and eager to go again tommorrow then the distance was right. Try to find new routes, or even to add just a little more to an existing route.
When I first started I did a bit more than 8 miles, but not that much more. Drove to a local park and rode there. Then a loop throughthe park was not enough. Did some side excursions in hte park, but could not add very much that way. I finally decided it was foolish to drive, I should ride to the park. But the first few times were 'find a route' adventures because I was not comfortable on the 'major' raod leading to the park and all the back routes had a dead end somewhere.
Today the 'major' road seems minor and a ride to that park is trivial.
For me at least juset a little more got me to 20 miles pretty quickly. I then started riding with a local social club, whose shortest rides were 25 miles. Pretty quickly I was up to 40-45. At that point there was a barrier and 45 was about the longest ride that stayed in hte valley, anythign longer meant a hill that was bigger than anything I had done, AND putting that hill between me and home. Once that barrier was broken I built up to dentruies and more without really noticing it.