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Old 09-22-08, 05:58 PM   #1
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Just another new kid in town

Hi all,
My name is Bill and I recently (Sept. 1) retired from law enforcement after 30 years of service. Cycling is something I done as a kid and the last bike I owned was 35 years ago. I had plans to take up cycling again after I retired (now that I have time) so I bought a Trek Navigator 3.0 at the local bike shop. Boy I didn't know how out of shape I was! My first ride, last Sat., was around the block a couple of times and that wore me out. Today I rode 11 miles (mostly level). I am tired but I feel like I am making progress. If I can get used to the seat that will be a major accomplishment. I am not looking to compete in the Olympics I just want to lose a few pounds and get into better shape. When I ride I find a gear that is not toooo hard to pedal but has enough resistance that I can really feel it it my legs and I am getting some cardio workout. Then I try to get into a rhythm pedaling and maintain it. Am I approaching this in the right way or am I doing too much too quick? When I get home my legs feel rubbery and shaky. It's funny, when I was a kid (in the 60's) I rode a single speed bike (yep, metal flake purple with a wide "racing" slick on the back, white vinyl rolled & pleated banana seat, sissy bar, extended forks, ape hanger handle bars with tassles and baseball cards pinned to the forks so the spokes made a motorcyle engine sound) I rode all day and into the night and never got tired. I guess being 12 and skinny may have had something to do with it.
At any rate I welcome tips and pointers from you folks who have been riding a while.
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Old 09-22-08, 06:17 PM   #2
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At 65 y/o took my legs 500 miles to get strong.
Enjoy your rides, you are retired now.
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Old 09-22-08, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thanks 10 Wheels. I'll take your advice.
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Old 09-23-08, 05:39 AM   #4
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Welcome WBC. I see you'll be 48 in a few months. I'll be 64 a week after your birthday.
Search thru the forums for "cadence" to learn how to "pedal properly". Your cadence (pedaling RPM) should be between 70 and 90 most of the time for a good cardio workout and to keep your knees in good shape. Mashing (pedaling hard and slow) is hard on the knees. Rather than count your pedaling rate I usually recommend that new cyclists get a cyclocomputer that has the cadence feature. Then all you have to do is look at the display to see if you're under-pedaling.
Go to any bike shop and ask for a computer with cadence. You should be able to find one for $40-$50.
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Old 09-30-08, 05:15 PM   #5
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Hi Bill, that shakiness will go away soon enough, so don't fret too much about it.


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