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Old 04-27-14, 01:03 PM   #1
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Help!!

I got my first bike today since I was a kid. I don't know anything about bikes so I just bought the cheapest one I could find. Its a mountain bike. I'm fairly fit I run 5k three times a week. I went for my first cycle today and lasted about 5mins!! my butt hurts and my upper legs are in agony. I'm just wondering is it me or the bike? i thought I could do at least half hour for my first cycle. Now im not out of breath my legs just wont go! where am i going wrong.
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Old 04-27-14, 01:07 PM   #2
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What are you riding? Is it properly assembled?

Does it fit? Too large, too small or just not properly fit will make for an agonizing ride.

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Old 04-27-14, 02:30 PM   #4
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I got my first bike today since I was a kid. I don't know anything about bikes so I just bought the cheapest one I could find. Its a mountain bike. I'm fairly fit I run 5k three times a week. I went for my first cycle today and lasted about 5mins!! my butt hurts and my upper legs are in agony. I'm just wondering is it me or the bike? i thought I could do at least half hour for my first cycle. Now im not out of breath my legs just wont go! where am i going wrong.
1. Cycling uses your quads in ways which are different to what you experience when running.

2. In spite of this, your thighs shouldn't be in agony after only 5 minutes

3. This suggest to me that the bike hasn't been properly fitted to you. It may be that the saddle is the wrong height (most likely too low) or that the bike is the wrong size entirely. It may also be that the cheapest one you could find is not the best choice you could have made. If you bought it from a bike shop, go back and get them to fit it to you individually, properly.

4. If you weren't out of breath, that also suggest, to me, that you were in too high a gear. Legs dying but lungs not hurting is a classic sign of this. If you have any experienced (and knowledgeable) cycling friends, get them to check the way you use your gears. General principle is acclimatise to cycling by using lower (easier) gears and learning to spin the gears rather than pushing them

5. Butt hurting: cheap bikes save on components, including saddles. If shop bought, get them to allow you to try out different saddles, but only after they've set the bike up for your leg length, height, arm reach to handlebars, etc. Once that's done, you'll be able to assess whether or not the saddle needs changing, but if the setup isn't right, you won't be able to tell what's causing the undercarriage problem.
Ooops, just noticed your username and realise that you're probably a lady. Once set up, the choice of the correct saddle is even more vital to avoid pressure on the wrong bits.
Women's sit bones are generally wider than men's (ischial protuberosities if you want to google them) and if you're not supporting yourself on them, stuff that you don't want to squash gets squashed. Assuming that I'm right about your gender, it might be useful to log onto any women's cycling forum for advice. It's entirely possible that they'll be able to be more forthright (and accurate) than any of us (ladies excepted, of course).
Oh, and get some women specific cycling shorts, whether spandex or mountainbike so-called baggies

anyway, welcome to the cycling community. We are supportive, argumentative, agreeable/disagreeable, knowledgeable/not as knowledgeable as we may think, sane/barking people in a sane/barking world and anywhere on the spectrum in between any of the above.

Above all, seek out advice, test it to see if it is wanting and persevere.

Finally, take a look at Take a Class | League of American Bicyclists and see if there's a Bikesmart instructor in your nexk of the woods. teh course will save you an awful lot of learning time

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It is probably both. It is a mistake a lot of people who have been away from cycling for a very long time make. In general, mass merchandised bikes are heavy and are made with mediocre components to meet the price point the general public will accept. I've bought individual components that will have cost more than your entire bike. I'm not a bike snob but like things that work really well and I ride a lot. You also have no idea whether or not the assembler was competent and knew when the bike was set up correctly. However, it is just as bad to go out and spend a pile of money on an expensive bike that might also not be any more suitable for your needs.

See if you can find someone who knows how to check out your bike. You might find a co-worker who rides regularly and has the knowledge. See if there is a local bike club with someone who can help you. First, lift the bike. It it weighs so much it might be more useful for weight lifting, you are just stuck. It's simple physics that a heavy bike is harder to pedal compared to a light bike. Next spin the wheels and see if the brakes are rubbing on the rim. The wheel should spin freely and gradually come to a stop with the valve at the lowest point. If it stops in any other position, the axle cones might be too tight and binding the bearings. Pull the wheels and spin the axle with your fingers. If it feels rough as you spin it, it is either a very cheap wheel or again the cones are too tight. Any of these things will make the bike harder to pedal.

You might be better off just looking for a decent quality older used bike. They certainly are available for $100 or less. I have a perfectly usable Trek Singletrack 930 that I paid about $30 for last fall. It helps if you can discern a decent bike from the usual junk that shows up on CL, at garage sales or at thrift stores. I wouldn't buy any standard road or MTB that weighs more than 30 pounds (preferably less) and which doesn't have quick release wheels front and rear. Any bike with a one-piece crank is also crap. This idea doesn't work well if you can't do some basic maintenance on your own (replace tires, cables, adjust brakes and derailleurs, and lubricate bearings). It costs too much to take an old bike to a bike shop and have them do the maintenance.
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Old 04-28-14, 01:07 AM   #6
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thanks guys. I took it to a neighbour of mine. Seat was way too low and the back tyre was pretty much flat. after fixing the bike it was much easy to cycle and my legs no longer hurt athough my bum still does!!
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Deleted, because I'd missed OP's follow-up.

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