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Old 11-02-09, 09:32 PM   #1
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New to riding.

I am new to riding, and have been doing to it for a couple of weeks now. I have been doing 3-4 mile rides and today I did 6.5 miles, I just ran out of daylight. Is there any thing I can do to help get me up to my goal of doing the Livestrong challenge next year. I am currently riding a Nishiki Mtb. with 1.75" comfort bike tires on it. I am looking at getting a road bike but the nishiki is going to have to work for a while until I can get the money for a decent road bike.
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Old 11-02-09, 11:12 PM   #2
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Old 11-03-09, 08:36 AM   #4
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Change out the tires. Put on lighter, narrower, HP tires like these:
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pritm...ck_tire/pp.htm
You will definitely notice a difference. That will make it more fun while you work on increasing your mileage. Which is what you do: try to increase your weekly mileage. Start a log and keep track of it. At first, try to increase it 10%/week. After a while, that may be too much. You'll just have to see how your body responds. And you'll be back.
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if you are just starting out I would just spend a couple months riding the bike, get your body used to cycling, slowly increase your ride times. I don't think tires or a new bike are important in the beginning... just ride.

oh and don't spend time on this forum it's a terrible addiction. some days i spend more time talking about riding my bike than doing it.
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I started out with a hybrid and my first change is the tires. Skinny tires do allow you to go faster. Its such a neat feeling: going faster with about the same amount of effort.
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maybe invest in some lights and get yourself looking like an overdone christmas tree so you can get a little more done at night. there are bike products for just about anything to the only thing keeping you off your bike is your job, family and willingness.
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I'm not sure where you live, but until you get really cold weather (unless you don't) try riding in the morning while you have more light. Perhaps a short ride in the AM and another in the evening after work? Is it possible to try to commute to work at least once a week? To do errands on your bike on the weekends? Can you take your bike to work with you and get a ride in over lunch hour?

I too did my whole first year of cycling on a hybrid. It'll be great when you finally get a road bike, but it's not going to hold you back much now.

Just figure out the best way for you to try to ride a little further each week. When I was first starting out I made sure that I arranged things so that I got a ride in every other day. Even if you have to repeat the same distance for a while for whatever reason, riding regularly will make it possible to ride longer distances before you know it.

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