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    distance and calf cramp for newbie

    Hi guys,
    I am new to road cycling. However, I have always biked to school and work place with my normal flat bar city bike.
    1 and a half month ago I bought a used road bike. I only intend to ride recreationally. I only rode it for 4 times so far. (I have been busy but I'm planning to do more rides in the future.)

    I have some questions:
    • These are the trips I've done so far:
      1. 32.5K (with roughly 21.6 kph)
      2. 41.6K (24.9 kph)
      3. 43.5K (25.7 kph)
      4. 50.9K (27.6 kph)

      I am aiming to be able to do more distance and with higher speed as well. What do you guys think of those results for a newbie, and how can I improve on this?

    • On my third trip I had a right calf cramp at around 35K, and I stopped for a minute. But then I continued and forced to finish the trip. After that, I felt the pain for several days and I had to completely rest my leg.

      2 days ago, I made that last trip of 50K, and again I felt cramp (right calf) at around 38K (not as painful). This time I didn't fully stop, instead I put it on lower gear, spinning on higher rpm, and relying more to my left leg, and I completed the 50K.

      What could be the cause of this calf cramp? Could it be caused by dehydration? Because all those rides I did without any breaks and no intake of fluid/food in between. Somehow I always forgot to bring my drinks on the bike . And strangely it only happens to my right leg.

      Would it be also possible that I need a proper bike fit? I haven't done that, but was planning on doing that.


    I hope I can get some feedback from you guys, and thanks in advance!!

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    Most cramps seem to come from Over Exerting a muscle.

    Try standing and pedaling every few miles to stretch your legs as you ride


    A Little Tonic Water with Quinine helps stop my after ride cramps.
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    You're on the right track, hydration and fit are certainly big factors in cramping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Most cramps seem to come from Over Exerting a muscle.

    Try standing and pedaling every few miles to stretch your legs as you ride


    A Little Tonic Water with Quinine helps stop my after ride cramps.
    Same here. Lately I've been using Sport Legs tablets, to very good effect, prior to and during a ride.

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    Thanks guys for the replies!! I'm going to try and ride some more K's hopefully during the weekend.

    As I am still a beginner, would it be better for me now to ride a shorter distance and push my speed limits, or try to to get more distance/mileage??

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