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Old 05-10-12, 07:35 PM
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New Rider Here

I just bought a new Giant Defy 2 and love it. I took it for a spin today and did a sad 4 miles. But I did learn a few things. I need to fill my water bottle and use it. Seems like buying a computer is essential. Music should make this beginning stage less painful.

Should I be trying to ride on a flat surface as a noob? I did go up some hills that had me huffing and puffing.

I have lost 35 pounds in the last year and a half and would like to go another 15 or 20.

My long term goals are:

Triathlon
Half Marathon
Century
MS ride from Boston to Provincetown which is a 175 mile ride in two days

I think if I can lose that 15-20 more pounds then I can really start training to be able to reach my goals. I welcome advice and wisdom
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Welcome aboard. I think it's good to push oneself a little, but I don't really know what overall condition you are in. If you feel you can handle the hills, then go for them. I kinda enjoy the challenge of a good steep hill now, but until a certain point it's not much fun.

And 4 miles isn't sad. Its a good start.
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Welcome!

I don't have much advice to give - you've already lost more weight than I have so I should be asking you for advice!

I wouldn't wear ear buds while riding. I don't know what the popular opinion is around here, but I live in a major metropolitan area and I want all my senses available to help keep me from becoming a statistic.

As far as riding goes, I'd just ride. At least at first. I found that my ability/skills build pretty quickly. Once you get off into training, I'll leave that for more knowledgeable people than I.
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Those are some nice goals. Welcome aboard and good luck!
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Good thing about trying hills, if you get half way up and can't go on.... Get off and walk . Take note of where it happened that way you can push past that next time

Great goals btw
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Personally I say ride the heck out of the hills. They may kick your butt, but the fitness you gain from attacking them is invaluable. Plus the sense of satisfaction you get when you make it to the top feels great!!
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
Welcome aboard. I think it's good to push oneself a little, but I don't really know what overall condition you are in. If you feel you can handle the hills, then go for them. I kinda enjoy the challenge of a good steep hill now, but until a certain point it's not much fun.

And 4 miles isn't sad. Its a good start.
My fitness level is ok, it used to be a bit better a month or two ago but I'm trying to get back there. I was up to running 4 miles steady pace or 3 miles intervals but due to some foot/ankle/leg issues I had to take it easy for a while and am only at about 2 miles of intervals or 3 miles of a steady run. I have been up and down from 178-184 for the past few months. I am hoping that cycling will jump start weight loss. After work I hopped on the scale and was 179. 160-165 is my goal weight. I am 5'8.
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Eh, don't worry too much about goals just yet - hop on your bike and ride. if you don't have a computer, eh, so what. if you have a smart phone, you can use the (free) strava app to track your rides and upload to strava.com (which I enjoy) and hang out with the rest of us Clyde strava nutjobs. https://app.strava.com/clubs/clydesda...bikeforums-net

Other than that, welcome to the forum and happy trails!
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Old 05-10-12, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tergal
Good thing about trying hills, if you get half way up and can't go on.... Get off and walk . Take note of where it happened that way you can push past that next time

Great goals btw
+1. That is exactly how I do them. It took me about a dozen attempts (Maybe more-in as many days) to ascend my first hill completely using my bike. I crested that hill pushing my bike a lot before I made it by pedaling. Each day, I made it a little further. When I finally did make it up there on pedal power, I stopped at the crest, did a little victory dance, took a sip or two out of my water bottle, and then took out my little pocket camera and photographed the view from the top of that hill. I was "King of the Hill" that day!
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welcome, I have just started as well and only managed 3.2 miles yesterday so you are not alone. Everyone here started somewhere before they got where they are the important thing is you got started
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I have been up and down from 178-184 for the past few months. I am hoping that cycling will jump start weight loss. After work I hopped on the scale and was 179. 160-165 is my goal weight. I am 5'8.
That isn't a clyde, that's just a little chunky, IMO. I'm 5'7" and am currently somewhere around 220, was as high as 286 eighteen months ago. Aiming to get to the same 160-170, so you are way ahead of me on that.
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Awesome! I have a Giant Defy too! For what its worth, I recently started getting back into cycling and my first ride was also 4 miles. It's now been about two months and despite not being able to ride as often as I like because of school, I am now up to about 16 or 17 mile rides with ease. The best advice I got was to get a heart rate monitor, and ride to keep your heart rate at your target heart rate (which was 150 for me). It may seem like you are going slow at first, but once you get more efficient, you'll be having to keep a fast pace to stay at that heart rate. It's fantastic.

Good luck to you!
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
That isn't a clyde, that's just a little chunky, IMO. I'm 5'7" and am currently somewhere around 220, was as high as 286 eighteen months ago. Aiming to get to the same 160-170, so you are way ahead of me on that.
I realize I don't exactly fit the mold of a clyde. But I was there at 215 and have lost weight and am trying to lose more weight. I feel more at home here then in the road bike forum. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules and am allowed to be here.
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Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules and am allowed to be here.
No rule like that as far as I know, and there are plenty of former clydes who maintain a presence in this sub-forum. They provide some great motivation for the rest of us that are still working on it.
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
No rule like that as far as I know, and there are plenty of former clydes who maintain a presence in this sub-forum. They provide some great motivation for the rest of us that are still working on it.
Cool! I still feel overweight even thoguh I guess im not
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I agree with everybody else here. I'd also second SkippyX and caution you about ear buds. I know a lot of people use them while cycling but, in some places, it's actually a ticketable offense. Check your local ordinances to be sure. If you do use them, leave the left bud out of your ear. That's your traffic side and you want to be able to hear cars approaching from behind you. Welcome aboard!
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I listen to music sometimes while riding but I don't do it on the street and only when there is a low amount of people on the bike trail. Never in the ear headphones but the kind that clip over the ear. It allows me to easily move them away from the ear and hear people or to just have one side in .... depending on the situation. Biking allows me to enjoy music and is an important apart of me getting on the bike but I try not to let it put me or other people in danger.
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Originally Posted by SkippyX
Welcome!

I wouldn't wear ear buds while riding. I don't know what the popular opinion is around here, but I live in a major metropolitan area and I want all my senses available to help keep me from becoming a statistic.
IMO, when riding in traffic with other bikers, I get annoyed sometimes when trying to communicate with someone riding with ear buds. If you want music, I understand. Try leaving one ear free.
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Find some riding buddies. I just started road biking this week. Been riding bikes all my life, including commuting to work from Brooklyn to Manhattan (traffic + a huge bridge in between), but never race bikes. I thought I was somewhat prepared for my first ride, but I wasn't. 15 miles of hills. First day, no biking shorts. Ouch.

I would have never pushed myself to go up some of those hills or go for that distance, but I was determined to keep up. Very glad I did, but it was tough. Besides exercising for health reasons, biking should be a communal activity.
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Welcome aboard, glad to have you.

179 lbs is *NOT* a Clyde but we show the door to no one. They still allow me to participate and hopefully I can help someone out.


Wisdom (From my what I've learned over the last 70+ lbs lost since last July coffee book)

squishy seats are bad
bibs are good
carry a spare tube, patches and associated stuff to fix a flat *AND* know how to use it. It's not if you will get a flat but when. Practice at home with all your repairs before going out. Youtube can be your friend.
Hills suck but if you are bad at them you practice at them A sense of accomplishment will come when you defeat that hill
Find folks to ride with



Advice - in no particular order

No(!) earbuds. I don't care if you are on a bike trail on Christmas morning and you haven't seen anybody. Cars, deer, dogs and anything else that can try to kill you on a bike will. Paisan may be able to shed some light here.
Make sure the bike fits you
Keep track of your progress. I keep an Excel spreadsheet of what I've done so I can look back. I find it amazing I could only go 10 miles last July and now somebody asks me - "hey. want to go ride 50" and I don't even give it a second thought.

Biggest piece of advice I can give a new cyclist:

Just ride and don't worry about speed, distance or Cadence (Please don't ask what your cadence should be either, we'll be back doing Monty Python stuff, which is nice)

Once you've been on the bike a few months you can get a HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) and start using it to train if you like.
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Originally Posted by Reed422
I realize I don't exactly fit the mold of a clyde. But I was there at 215 and have lost weight and am trying to lose more weight. I feel more at home here then in the road bike forum. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules and am allowed to be here.
I keep waiting to get kicked out! I am a former Athena, now 103 pounds. You can fit in just fine.

Oh, be careful with the ear buds. Where they really bother me is when I come upon riders, joggers or walkers on the MUP and they can't hear me when I want to pass.
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Oh I understand about the earbud thing. The headphones I have don't block out outside noise, I would not put both in. I haven't ventured much on any busy streets and would like to avoid it. I live in a city-ish area in Boston and am a bit scared to ride on certain streets. Especially since I was hit by a car when I was ten. Wasn't an awful hit but wasn't fun either. I don't think I will be venturing on to any of the busy streets that I see tons of bikers on. If I drive ten minutes I can ride traffic free.
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Off the subject question: how do you get the weight loss ticker to appear?
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Off the subject question: how do you get the weight loss ticker to appear?
Once you have made your ticker, like through www.tickerfactory.com, go to the top of the bike forums page and click on "settings." On the settings page on the left will be a column. Under the "My Settings" section click on "edit signature." You can then paste in the ticker link in the box where you put your signature.
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Thank you for the help, goldfinch!
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