Can anyone help me with a newbie rider in West LA?
I used to ride back in my high school days and started riding again about 18 months ago. I have put on about 8000 miles in that time, but I still consider myself a bit of a novice and not a good teacher.
A friend of mine's son just graduated high school and is headed to CSUN in the fall. He did pretty well on the track team, is in good shape and has a great physique for cycling (unlike my 5'9" 210lb frame). He knows I ride and expressed interest, but being a broke college kid, he had hardly any money to get started. I lent him my spare bike, a 54cm, which is WAY too small for him (he's 6'2"). The bike has good components (Ultegra), so I figured we could get him a new frame and move the components over if he decided he likes cycling. I cranked the seat post up and he can ride it, though he seems a bit crowded. I took him down to Performance, where we rooted through all of the sale items and managed to get him all the stuff he needed for $300.
I set up his cleats, got him on the trainer, dialed him in as best as I could and got him used to clipping/unclipping, etc. Got him out for a couple laps around the block He did pretty well and only managed to flop over once from not being able to unclip. The next week, I got him out for a 20 mile ride and he did fine except he is very uncomfortable unclipping, getting out of the saddle and putting his foot down. He unclips in the saddle and puts his tippy toe down while staying in the saddle and I can't think of a way to get his confidence up to dismount properly.
I really want to help this guy out, he is a great kid and could end up being a fantastic cyclist. Is there anyone out there that can help out or any good newbie group rides (preferably in the WLA/MDR area)?
I wouldn't mind finding some CSUN folks as well as it would be nice for him to meet some people to ride with at school.