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First ride on the new bike!

Old 08-29-13, 12:49 PM
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First ride on the new bike!

Took the Sirrus out for an inaugural ride.

5 miles in ~22 minutes. Could have gone further, trying not to overdo right off the bat.

https://www.mapmyride.com/workout/369206627

Bike felt VERY good. I've got a long way to go, but this was a good first step
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Old 08-29-13, 01:04 PM
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That's a good first ride.

I would suggest not worrying about distance/speed/performance too much. The idea is to have fun!
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Old 08-29-13, 01:36 PM
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I was definitely having fun. I am really liking the way the bike rides, very sharp precise steering, much nicer ride on the road than my old bike. It's just been too long since I've been out riding.

That changes now.
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Excellent--congrats!!
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Originally Posted by MattInFla
That's pretty good! I pulled up the satellite image of your route, and you did well going through neighborhood streets. You probably had to dodge your share of soccer moms.
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Originally Posted by MattInFla
Took the Sirrus out for an inaugural ride.

5 miles in ~22 minutes. Could have gone further, trying not to overdo right off the bat.
Excellent. My first "long" ride was about 9 miles and it took me 50 minutes!
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That Sirrus is a sweet ride...Congrars and enjoy///
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Congratulations on your new bike and your accomplishment with your first ride!

Did your spring for the disc brakes on your 2013 Specialized Sirrus Comp?
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Old 08-29-13, 10:23 PM
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Congrats, keep riding and riding and before you know it, you'll be doing twice the distance in only a little bit more time!
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Nice (speedy) first run in your new ride!

There are lot's paths in your area . . . Just did the Seminole-Wekiva Trail with a friend last week and had more fun than I might have anticipated.

Also check on 'Meet Up' bicycle groups for social rides, there are several in the central Florida area.

Good Luck - Have Fun!
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As always. Pics of the new bike, or, it didn't happen:-)
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Old 08-30-13, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by bigfred
As always. Pics of the new bike, or, it didn't happen:-)


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Originally Posted by Jimbosays
Nice (speedy) first run in your new ride!

There are lot's paths in your area . . . Just did the Seminole-Wekiva Trail with a friend last week and had more fun than I might have anticipated.

Also check on 'Meet Up' bicycle groups for social rides, there are several in the central Florida area.

Good Luck - Have Fun!
Definitely looking forward to doing Cross Seminole and Seminole - Wekiva. I've walked quite a bit of Cross Seminole, in increments. Can't wait until they finish the whole thing, especially the gravel / dirt / sand part near Winter Springs where the path turns north from 434 up 419 towards Soldier's Creek park. Actually, it's been a while since I've been to that section - maybe they've already done it.

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The thrill; first ride on a new bike! Wow! Congrats and keep on spinning!
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one thought

if you are indeed a true six foot six inches
unless you have very short legs for your height
the saddle is possibly a smidge low on your new bike
as shown in the photos

the saddle should be set so your legs are almost completely straight
at the bottom of the pedal stroke
but so that your hips dont rock when you pedal
this will give you maximum efficiency and comfort when you ride
and ensure riding is a pain free and rewarding as possible
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Old 08-30-13, 08:20 AM
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I've got a pretty long torso for my height. I'll double check the saddle height on my next ride and make sure I am almost at full leg extension at the bottom of the pedal arc.

Thanks for the tip, I appreciate it
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Congrats and enjoy that new bike -- all the way through that vicious FL winter!
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Originally Posted by MattInFla
That changes now.
The bike isn't what's going to make it happen for you. THIS MINDSET is what make the difference!

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I'll double check the saddle height on my next ride and make sure I am almost at full leg extension at the bottom of the pedal arc.
Note the most important word in that sentence! Complete leg extension is bad in many ways.
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Congrats on a great​ first ride!
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I'm really liking the MapMyRide app. Gives a nice picture of the ride.

Looking forward to hitting one of the multi-use paths near the house this weekend for something longer. Can't wait for the nice weather to get here in a month or so.....
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Old 08-30-13, 08:50 AM
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The bike isn't what's going to make it happen for you. THIS MINDSET is what make the difference!
That's been my biggest issue. I'm going to work hard to change that.


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Note the most important word in that sentence! Complete leg extension is bad in many ways.
I can see how that would tear the knees up in short, short order.

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CONGRATS on the new bike!
Hope you have lots of fun!
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nice ride
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Congrats on the new ride and don't obsess over the numbers. Logging the rides is great though. I only started the end of July and went from a wheezing 5 mile ride I thought was hard to just recently breaking 20 miles...and I don't have much time to ride either. So you will loosen up and get rolling quickly in the first dozen or so rides. Just do what is comfortable and enjoyable.
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