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    Got the bike. What next?

    i am new and in-experienced.
    Please, be patient with me.

    I got my first bike. It is old road schwinn. The bike is all I have.
    I rode it yesterday for 10 miles and this is what I noticed:

    - my mouth getting very dry because of the air
    - my butt hurts
    - my toes get numb
    - my palms could got blisters

    I would like to do 100 miles later this summer.
    i can imagine that all the inconveniences will get worse.

    What I need to do and how do I prepare myself for 100 mi?

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    Get gloves and equip the bike with a waterbottle cage and bottle, and drink while riding. As far as mileage goes, start small and work up by 10% per week. Your butt will toughen up, or so everyone tells me. Having taken the recumbent route, I don't worry about getting a sore butt anymore.

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    Numb toes? Are your shoes too tight or too small?
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon 105

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    get some bike shorts & after a few days you wont feel sore anymore. if you do, it might be time to consider a new saddle.

    as for your toes. are you riding with cages? when I ride with cages, it bothers my toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    +1

    Numb toes? Are your shoes too tight or too small?
    These are my normal sneakers, they are very comfortable to walk

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNY James View Post
    get some bike shorts & after a few days you wont feel sore anymore. if you do, it might be time to consider a new saddle.

    as for your toes. are you riding with cages? when I ride with cages, it bothers my toes.
    sorry if it sounds stupid, but what is so special about bike shorts? I play soccer in "running" shorts, and jogging in "soccer" shorts, can I ride in "running" shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Get gloves and equip the bike with a waterbottle cage and bottle, and drink while riding. As far as mileage goes, start small and work up by 10% per week. Your butt will toughen up, or so everyone tells me. Having taken the recumbent route, I don't worry about getting a sore butt anymore.
    thanks! gloves and water seems to me is a good idea

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    Cycling shorts have extra padding. Most people who want to stay on the bike for more than 10 miles will want that padding. I never wore cycling shorts (for 30 years) until a couple years ago, when I got some cheap ones just for the heck of it. They did make a HUGE difference, which surprised this old luddite.

    I ride without gloves, unless it's cold.

    Numb toes mean something's probably not right about your pedal/shoe situation. What do you currently use? I'm going to guess sneakers, with either flat pedals, or toe clips. If so, the soles of your sneakers could be flexing and pinching a nerve or something like that. Or your seat could be a bit high or low. There are many variables. If you have flat pedals without clips/cages, pedal with the ball of your foot, not with the arch, and wear stiff-soled shoes--ideally cycling shoes, and consider adding toe clips.

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    instead of toe clips I suggest clipless pedals, they allow you to clip your foot to the pedal so you have more power and you won't slip off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgreivey View Post
    Cycling shorts have ...
    Thanks, I have to try it too

    Quote Originally Posted by mcgreivey View Post
    Numb toes mean something's probably not right about your pedal/shoe situation. What do you currently use? I'm going to guess sneakers, with either flat pedals, or toe clips. If so, the soles of your sneakers could be flexing and pinching a nerve or something like that. Or your seat could be a bit high or low. There are many variables. If you have flat pedals without clips/cages, pedal with the ball of your foot, not with the arch, and wear stiff-soled shoes--ideally cycling shoes, and consider adding toe clips.
    I have sneakers, and flat pedals, no cages. next time I will try to pedal in a different way

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    Look around this site to see what there is available for cyclists:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/TopCate...10053_10052_-1

    - my mouth getting very dry because of the air - get cages and bottles

    - my butt hurts - *** make sure your bicycle fits *** if you are absolutely sure it does, try out a new saddle and/or new bicycle shorts with padding

    - my toes get numb - *** make sure your bicycle fits *** if you are absolutely sure it does, get shoes with a solid, inflexible sole

    - my palms could got blisters - *** make sure your bicycle fits *** if you are absolutely sure it does, get gloves.


    This is an article, written with newbies in mind, giving tips for riding a century:
    http://www.machka.net/articles/century.htm

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    I love this thread!

    Welcome to the sport. Like anything new - learn; grow & improve
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    *** make sure your bicycle fits ***
    once the rain stops I will go out to fit my bike for myself!

    Thanks for valuable links, the more I read the more expensive it becomes! )))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
    once the rain stops I will go out to fit my bike for myself!

    Thanks for valuable links, the more I read the more expensive it becomes! )))
    No matter what the activity, it seems that when you become an enthusiast the costs go up. You could just attach a quart jug to your handlebars with a loop of rope and go ride. Once you got in shape, and if you never knew what you were missing, you'd be fine.

    Another mistake beginners tend to make is to over-use the high gears. Select a gear so that your feet are spinning at about 80-90 rpm. That's a L-R-L or R-L-R every second. Mashing the pedals will be hard on your legs AND your feet, so work on spinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    No matter what the activity, it seems that when you become an enthusiast the costs go up.
    Tell me about it! my other hobby is photography ))) Don't ask how much my last lens cost in front of my wife ))))

    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    ... feet are spinning at about 80-90 rpm. That's a L-R-L or R-L-R every second....
    sorry, I did not understand how do I count for rpm. please, expain

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    RPM - revolutions per minute. Count how many pedal revolutions you make each minute. Aim to be somewhere between 70 and 80 for now ... after you get a bit more experience, you'll probably want to work on increasing it a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
    once the rain stops I will go out to fit my bike for myself!

    Thanks for valuable links, the more I read the more expensive it becomes! )))
    What are you letting rain stop you for? In any decent ride you're going to be all sweaty anyway.

    Keep it up, and pretty soon you'll be looking for rainy days to keep you cool and keep the darn riff-raff off the roads and trails and out of your way.

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    +1000 on padded bike shorts. You can get skin tight, that you can wear under shorts or jeans or lose fitting type. I have the skin tight type and wear underwear with them. The padding feels a bit strange on the ahhhhhh, personal stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by achoo View Post
    What are you letting rain stop you for?.. .
    isn't is slippery when it rains? ))) my bike tires are scary thin! I am not afraid to get wet, actually I went instead for 3 miles jogging and came back soaking wet! but I'm afraid I could fall. and add wind gusts, "what if" blows my mind !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyro View Post
    +1000 on padded bike shorts. You can get skin tight, that you can wear under shorts or jeans or lose fitting type. I have the skin tight type and wear underwear with them. The padding feels a bit strange on the ahhhhhh, personal stuff
    Being a swimmer I don't mind tights I probably have to pay a visit to local bike store to look at the clipless pedals, shoes, and of course, shorts.
    Then I order online, thanks to Machka, who provided a link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    RPM - revolutions per minute. Count how many pedal revolutions you make each minute. Aim to be somewhere between 70 and 80 for now ... after you get a bit more experience, you'll probably want to work on increasing it a bit.
    Are you saying I have to get a watch too?
    I don't have them for years.
    I read the time by MP3 player...

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    dont worry so much about cadence, just find a gear that is comfortable. being distracted by trying to count pedal strokes will be more dangerous than mashing. If you're feeling like you're pushing too hard into the pedals, you need to downshift. Machka makes a strong point about inexperienced riders mashing too hard but if you're wondering if you are mashing too hard, you are.

    Your other option is to get a computer that measures cadence, if you really care that much. But I'd say get out there and get comfortable riding, learn what works for you before worrying about cadence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
    isn't is slippery when it rains? ))) my bike tires are scary thin! I am not afraid to get wet, actually I went instead for 3 miles jogging and came back soaking wet! but I'm afraid I could fall. and add wind gusts, "what if" blows my mind !
    It's slippery compared to dry ground, but unless you're making emergency stops or cornering very hard, or on negatively-banked corners or over road paint or metal it's not going to really matter. Still, the rain is a lot more pleasant after you've gotten comfortable on the bike.

    As for cadence, you don't need anything to measure it, just try to use a gear that keeps you pedaling slightly faster than feels natural, if anything. Acclimatizing yourself to a higher cadence is helpful in the long run.
    Last edited by Yellowbeard; 06-09-10 at 08:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
    Are you saying I have to get a watch too?
    I don't have them for years.
    I read the time by MP3 player...
    Read the time by MP3 player then .... or better yet, get a computer. Just any cheap computer should do.

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    I went another time and got under the very heavy rain. I was soaking, and my shoes were full of water! I had to stop, pour out the water and twist my socks. It was fun though! I was afraid I could fall at turns, but I did not. My butt is getting used to the ride. Also I stopped once and lifted up a notch higher, it seems helped, too. After I tighten the shoe-laces, I realized it was too tight, - my toes are not numb anymore. Mouth aren't getting dry, because I start to breathe more with my nose (and the rain helped, of course ))) And I got better palm grip, the blisters are not a problem. Funny, how quickly all of my concerns gone.

    Thanks to you all, and your excellent advises!!!

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