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    Need some Advice - I am a Newbie turning into a Cyclist, please help

    I have long been a recreational MTBer. Recently for work i moved away from my local rideing area and into a intense job as a executive manager in an office. I got to 220lbs from around 195-200lb, was never small to begin with, whatever. It was a result of not riding.

    In January, 2011 I saw a picture from an Xmas party and it inspired me too lose the spare non bike tire and the double chin. Today i have basically lost it all(down near 200) by starting in spin classes in the winter 3x a week. Suddenly i am not a newbie anymore. I think i may be turning into a cyclist???? I lie awake thinking of rides and gear ratios, measuring seat heights and top bar lengths after work when i cant ride.

    I am converting to road biking and bought a trek 7.7 hybrid. I am in love with my bike and now am riding 60-80 minutes 3x a week. My body is starting to thin out even more and i feel, amazing. I get numerous comments on my new apprearance!

    But i have some lingering not able to solve issues. Can you guys help?

    If you answer any of the following it would be great.

    1. I am getting sore hip flexors. It is an aching pain that is keeping me from riding more. WTF?

    2. On rides of 80 minutes or so i find that if i eat two 100 calorie gels and drink 2 half liter bottles i ride so much better. Do you guys suggest a small carb hit before riding and is this the right amount? Since i am trying to lose weight i cant seem to understand if this is okay for me, alot of info i see says avoid gels if you are trying to lose weight,, but if i dont eat these i have a hard time doing the ride as well? What do you guys think?

    I leave it at those two key issues. Hips and the contridiction of nutrition during a ride versus losing weight .... thanks..!
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    Saddle position is what determines which muscle groups you engage in your pedal stroke. Through saddle position--height, setback and tilt--you can move your major pedaling effort all around your legs. Even in-ride, you can move forward on the nose to engage your glutes and calves, or slide back to engage your quads.

    Generally, when the hip flexors are the issue, your saddle is a smidge too high. Lower it a quarter-inch at a time until you're pedaling more from the quads. You may also need to adjust the saddle fore-and-aft, and tilt once you find the right height. You'll also notice increased power and endurance at your sweet spot.

    Everyone's a little different in the fueling department. I found that if I'm not properly fueled before the start, there's noting I can do in the ride to catch up. As a result, I always eat before a ride. Other people I know don't have to.

    In-ride, I prefer to fuel with actual food. My preferences are for bananas and trail mix bars due to their portability. I've been known to pack a sandwich on longer rides. Anyway, I can get by eating every 90 minutes or so, and can go for a couple of hours if there's a planned lunch stop. But certainly I feel better and seem to perform better eating every 60 minutes or so. Again, there's variation between people, but in general we all need to refuel in-ride to some extent.

    Among the people I know and ride with, there's less variation in hydration requirements. A 24 oz. bottle an hour is pretty much standard. A bit less on colder or easier rides, a bit more on hotter or harder rides, but averaged out over the long haul it's a bottle an hour.
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    I wouldn't hesitate to carb load. Are you stretching before and after your rides? That can make a big difference.

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    ^^^yes!

    You might want to look around at the bike shops in your area. Ask about how they do bike fits. Some are WAY better than others.

    And you might just start looking at a good road bike....
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    You're already riding 3 times a week for an hour+. I, too, smell a real road bike in your future.

    The problem with hybrids - if it's even proper to call it a "problem" - is that they're a compromise bike that's decent at everything. If you keep riding, you're not going to want to compromise.

    FWIW, hybrid-to-road bike is quite the common path.

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    Don't starve the engine (you) if you ride for a long time. All that does is burn muscle tissue not fat.

    Peanut butter is your friend.........
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    It is too late - you have already turned into a cyclist and are therefore doomed

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    Please reconsider.
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    listen, dont encourage me to buy another bike, i am already looking at road bikes. I may sell the hybrid in the fall....my wife is beginning to wonder what the hell the deal is...

    The whole purpose of getting the hybrid is to commute, which i do about 1-2x a week. It is in traffic and for now, i like having a flat bar. By the way the Trek 7.7fx is a sweet ride , it also is gourgeous, white with black paint. Turns out i am cyclist and a functional aesthete too.

    I have not been stretching properly, need to get back into the habit of the pigeon and runners pose amongst others.

    I am glad to hear eating encouragement. Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikvdw View Post
    listen, dont encourage me to buy another bike, i am already looking at road bikes. I may sell the hybrid in the fall....my wife is beginning to wonder what the hell the deal is...

    The whole purpose of getting the hybrid is to commute, which i do about 1-2x a week. It is in traffic and for now, i like having a flat bar. By the way the Trek 7.7fx is a sweet ride , it also is gourgeous, white with black paint. Turns out i am cyclist and a functional aesthete too.

    I have not been stretching properly, need to get back into the habit of the pigeon and runners pose amongst others.

    I am glad to hear eating encouragement. Cheers.
    Little update for everyone. the lower seat position did help along with a lot of stretching with the sore hips. Also i need to eat to ride....

    I am Still riding 2-4x a week, for 50-90 minutes each time. I bought a Trek 7.7fx as I mentioned before and it really has helped me get used to riding on the road and to have a light agile bike. I think I am ready for group rides and ...wait for it....a road bike....

    After like 8 weeks on the 7.7fx....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikvdw View Post
    listen, dont encourage me to buy another bike, i am already looking at road bikes. I may sell the hybrid in the fall....my wife is beginning to wonder what the hell the deal is...
    The whole purpose of getting the hybrid is to commute, which i do about 1-2x a week. It is in traffic and for now, i like having a flat bar. By the way the Trek 7.7fx is a sweet ride , it also is gourgeous, white with black paint. Turns out i am cyclist and a functional aesthete too.

    I have not been stretching properly, need to get back into the habit of the pigeon and runners pose amongst others.

    I am glad to hear eating encouragement. Cheers.
    You need more than one bike to keep you riding and if You like road bikes- MTB's or fixies- Then one of each is not enough. I can understand about only one Hybrid though. One is enough for anyone.
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    I guess it is normal to have say, one cross, one road, one hybrid, one fixie, one 29er, 3x each?

    Kind of like crack isnt it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikvdw View Post
    I guess it is normal to have say, one cross, one road, one hybrid, one fixie, one 29er, 3x each?

    Kind of like crack isnt it?
    Crack is easyer, dont think about it much.........

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