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Old 05-22-18, 05:44 PM
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I'm a sophmore in highschool from Florida and want to get into biking. I've always loved to bike, but just did it on occasion for fun with friends. I want to make it a daily activity both to help my fitness for my sport and just because it seems really fun. I was wondering if you guys have any tips. I am trying to start riding in the mornings around 5 am because I have to be in class by 7 am. Should I be going for mileage or speed, and should I start low and build my way up or just go as long as I can each day. I'm starting out relatively fit, so I should be able to about an hour without much of a problem. I'm using a regular bike (as in not one of those super light speed bikes). I am a complete novice to all of this, so any help would be appreciated.

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Hi. Welcome. Good choice in deciding to add cycling as a form of cross-training. It is a great way to build/maintain cardio and leg strength while minimizing wear and tear on the legs. I love to run but can only do so about 3-4 days a week. I use the bike the other couple days.

Here is what I would suggest: You mentioned possible starting out with a goal of riding for 1 hour. That sounds pretty reasonable to me if your fitness level is already pretty good, Just take it easy for the first one or two outings; focus on completing the distance and getting used to riding (your butt will need to accliimamize to sitting on the saddle if nothing else). Once you are comfortable you can cover the 1 hour duration, then you can tart ramping up your pace or lengthening your ride, whichever you want to do.

A couple other tips:

- take your bike out for a couple short rides before you start riding in earnest to make sure it is working correctly, the saddle height is comfortable, the tires are inflated, etc. Nothing ruins a ride faster than having a problem with a really basic item. If you aren't comfortable working on the bike yourself, take it to a bike shop and get them to do a tuneup.
- make sure you are carrying ad drinking plenty of fluids!
- make sure you have a decent helmet!
- scout around and find some good routes with limited traffic, avoiding dangerous intersections, etc
- you don't need a fancy/expensive bike to start. Ride what your have. If at some point later on you are sure you really want to keep cycling, then maybe look at other bikes at that time.
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Old 05-22-18, 07:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum and to the world of bicycling. My thought is to get on a bike, ride it, get comfortable and kinda see where things take you. If you are going to ride on the road with cars, I STRONGLY recommend you take the 10 minutes it will take to read this brilliantly simple and accurate write up.
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