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Old 01-08-20, 02:27 AM
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My first post,my first ride

Hey All, I picked up my bike today from my LBS (Action Sports) in Bakersfield Ca. Excellent service!!. I chose a Trek DS2 Viper Red and it looks fantastic. It rolls fantastic!!. I'm 63 and really haven't rode a bike for about 25 years. I rode it around the block and then some several times and it felt fantastic. The only surprise I got was when I ended my ride and stepped off my leg about buckled from weakness. This will be goal of mine to build up strength in my legs. I plan on doing progressively more day by day until I feel strong. Does anyone have experience going from weakness in legs to somewhat strong and how long it takes? Thanks in advance!!


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Old 01-08-20, 03:44 AM
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If you'll ride as often as possible, you should feel stronger quite soon, in a few weeks time.
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Welcome back to the saddle! At our age it really pays to work into a new activity. I have been cycling pretty much nonstop since the early seventies and if I go more than a week or two , I notice a difference. It helps at first to do frequent stops and stretch , drink plenty of water and even some Nuun mixed in for electrolytes. Keep it up, it gets better as you go. But I will warn you, it is addicting!🚴🏼‍♂️
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Where was the weakness in your legs, could you tell? Feet? Thighs, quads or hamstrings?

One key thing is to make sure the bike shop did a decent fitting session with you, setting the height of the seat above the pedals and the front/back placement of the seat. If you just picked up the bike without that, go back and ask them for a simple fitting, or you can probably pay them for a more detailed analysis and fitting.

If the fit is good and your feet felt weak or numb, then you might look at getting some shoes with stiffer soles or at least putting some insole inserts in the sneakers/shoes you will use biking.

If the weakness was more in your thighs, more biking will help build those muscles and you can do some simple body weight squats at home to help. As others have said, if you haven't biked in that long, take your time - it will come!
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If it's an option for you, a little time on an elliptical machine several times a week is great for leg strength.

Also, us older guys need to make sure we get enough protein in our diets to maintain and increase strength. I wouldn't get more specific than that because "enough" is too variable from person to person.

My like of your post is for your return to cycling. I don't like that you are having a problem, and hope it's as simple as needing to build up strength.

Unsteadiness could be a symptom of something more serious so if it doesn't start getting better as you get used to putting out the effort please consult a doctor.
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I'm 61 and same as you was off my bicycle for about 25 years. I have participated in other exercise activities in the 25 years but haven't had an exercise program for about the last 15 years.

There is really no way to give a specific answer to your question because if all depends. It depends on what your physical shape is now and how much effort you are willing to put in.

I started riding my bike in the late fall of 2018 but stopped when winter started. Once spring 2019 hit I got a little more active and did a few fairly lengthy rides but no real impressive times. I felt that even last fall after 6 months of riding my legs had yet to wake up. I was on the bike on average 2 times a week, riding on a flat rail trail 20 miles or so. I did notice improvements and I wasn't really having weakness problems but still I wasn't doing backflips over my progress either. So I would say that for me it took only about 2 months to get so that I wasn't concerned with riding 20 miles or having sudden weakness that would ruin my day.

I started using a wheel-on bike trainer 7 weeks ago. Because it's indoors weather isn't a factor. Using my trainer and Zwift I have logged in over 700 miles in 7 weeks, climbed over 40,000 feet total and I'm on the bike 5 or 6 days a week. I think that that has really made a difference. Everything from lung capacity, leg strength, recovery and endurance has improved a considerable amount. It is hard work though.

It really all depends though on how much effort you put in. If you push yourself hard things will get better sooner. Set goals, long term and short term and work towards meeting your goals. If you do that by summer you will be totally immersed in your bike.
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day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year. don't rush it. listen to your body. there's no competition. rule #1 , do no harm. congrats & enjoy!
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Awesome ride

keep up riding each each day and you will get stronger and stronger
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Try riding a little at a time. If the weakness continues, as others have said, it could be something else. Hopefully, it's just building up strength and endurance. Get the bike shop to help adjust the bike to fit you also-as mentioned. A seat too high or low can really have an effect-I can see where too low could really hurt legs that are new to riding. A general rule is while on the bike, sitting (lean yourself against something or have someone holding you up), have the pedal at lowest position and with your heel on the pedal, your leg should be extended, maybe not all the way, but close, while seated. There is a bike fit section on the forum which might be helpful. I've always ridden bikes, motorcycles, lived in houses with stairs, and walked stairs instead of taking elevators or escalators, so luckily haven't experience that. Have fun with the bike and hoping it's just a matter of getting stronger.
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That's how it starts, one block at a time. I raced as a junior racer in the 70s, commuted to college on my race bike, got married, busy with work, and my couch, and ESPN kept me off the bike. In 2000, with a new millennium, turning 50, I got the old bike down off the garage wall. Why did I wait so long, so many good rides missed over those years! Good for you, good luck on your new start. I'm 70 now, and feel stronger and more capable than I was at 50. Keep at it, and within a few weeks, build up the miles, and you will build up the smiles. 😀

BTW, I grew up in Bakersfield, trained on China Grade Loop, and raced for the local Bakersfield Wheelmen club. I don't know what the club situation up there is, but you might try a club ride in a few weeks. Riding alone is great, joining a group ride is even better. A few years ago when the Amgen race came thru Bakersfield, I went out and rode China Grade Loop on my modern carbon Roubaix triple. It brought back fond memories, but I don't know how we did that hill on the bikes and gearing we had back in the day! Being sixteen or so, I guess we just didn't know any better. Happy wheeling!

Bakersfield Wheelmen, about 1965, me on the right.

China Grade Loop training ride.

Back on the same Legnano, 55 years later.
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Old 01-08-20, 12:35 PM
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A great beginning. As we age, we don't realize how unfit we have become until we are tested. Judging from the number of oldsters I see who can barely move, there are many who have not taken that first step to improving health and mobility as you have.
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Originally Posted by jpescatore View Post
Where was the weakness in your legs, could you tell? Feet? Thighs, quads or hamstrings?

I would say my quads. Now that I think about it, I probable rode harder than expected. I did a lot of speed up and stopping "seasoning" the disk brakes so it was like running sprints for me. Today I'll just go at a reasonable pace with a little more distance. Thanks for all the replies and warm welcome.


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Old 01-08-20, 12:51 PM
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Slightspeed, Wow, crazy small world!!. I saw a Bakersfield Wheelmen flyer in the bike shop yesterday announcing an upcoming ride. Might be a while before I try to tackle China Grade Loop.
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I'm 47 and recovering from lyme disease. And starting riding again this year. In May. Like you I had not been on a bike for about 25 years... Well, if I did it wasn't much. But like most kids my age I grew up on a bike and even rode one to work about 4 miles, before getting my drivers license. But as soon as I got my drivers license, a bike was not something I did much of. A little bit hear and there but nothing regular.

So, lyme disease kicked my butt bad for about 5 years and then I started to slowly get better. No energy and lost a lot of muscle and strength. My first doctor visit I weighed 170 pounds. In 2013 I weight 114 pounds. It was pretty awful. I'm up to about 140 now.

We had one bike my wife bought in the spring of 2019. My daughter showed an interest in learning mechanical stuff and one of the projects we worked one was cleaning up the bike. She helped and started riding it. And I was doing better so I though, I'm gonna give it a go.

The first day I went about 100' down the road and turned back. That's about all I could take without feeling like I was over doing it. But I went further every day and worked up to 2 miles after a month or so. I stopped at 2 miles cuz I'm still not sure how much to push it without making my self feel worse. That has happened in the past with fighting lyme. But so far so good. The upside is I go EVERY day. And I can tell it has been really good for me. And the longer I've done it the less hard it feels to do. I was wanting to start go a bit further but once the winter hit, it felt like it took more energy to do the same trip so I figured I'd just leave it at 2 miles for now. The cold slows everything down I think. Plus oxygen is denser.

But a while ago I started doing light bmx tricks on my cruiser bike when I get done with my ride. So now I'm incorporating some upper body work out. By doing bunny hops and bar spins and a few more tricks. About 15 minutes riding and 15 minutes on tricks. I have a dedicated el cheapy bmx bike too.

I'll tell you what, riding a bike has been a huge blessing. It's a ton of fun, makes me feel like a kid again and for sure has been good for the muscles. I was getting pretty soft. I was an athlete growing up and it was irritating to not be able to stay fit.

Good luck and I doubt you have to go as slow as me but there may be some wisdom in taking it slow the first few rides and building up your stamina.

The whole family rides now, well, in the nice weather they did. My wife goes a lot in the summer. And my Daughter too. And even my 19 year old son does sometimes. I built up 1 free bike that was being thrown away and bought one for 15 off facebook. And my wife bought herself one for 80 bucks. And I haven't stopped. I've gotten 3 free bikes from the garbage and another one for 20. It's too much fun. They're not all up and running yet but 5 of them are.






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I ended my ride and stepped off my leg about buckled from weakness
Riding until you drop. Excellent.
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Glad your back to riding again. You will increase your strength and stamina by riding. I took a long 25 year vacation from riding that ended about 6 years ago. I recall when I picked up a cheap road bike from Bikes direct I thought some of the hills in my area were impossible, little did I know they were easy. You live in CA so I'm guessing you don't have to put up with 23 degrees and windy like today. Riding outside all the time, all year is good.

I would highly recommend spin classes if you think your up for it. I started spinning at a place about 4 years ago and I thought I would not survive it. After about 6 weeks of 3x a week I was able to do all that was asked of me without faking it. You have to listen to your body and that feeling of having a plastic trash bag over your head suffocating you will go away. The other issue with spin classes for me is that usually you have someone in their 20's as the instructor and they often like standing and sitting to a 4 beat count and asking that you have a 100 rpm cadence while standing. Once again listen to your body, mine does not like jumping in and out of the saddle and a ridiculously high cadence while standing so I don't. I will stand (or sit) during the jump in and out section and keep my cadence where I can tolerate it. I'm 59 and will be for a few more years and I have over worked my knees and its not fun. .

Last Sept. I participated in the Garden State Fondo in NJ. I have never seen so many hills in my life, I had to get off the bike and walk on 3 occasions. This year my goal is to 1) not get off at all and 2) finish the timed climbs in the upper 50% of may age bracket (I'll be on the young end of the 60 - 65 group). I find that riding is the best way for me to get outside and exercise. I joined a cycling club and they have different classes of rides A - D with a couple of pluses in the middle e.g the C+ or B+ rides. The grades indicate the average speed for the ride and the overall distance you will go. I moved from C to C+ to a B and it was challenging however most of the folks on the ride are older than me so it can be done. I say its almost like golf, you have to buy a bunch of stuff to get into it and when you go, you won't be back for 3 or 4 hours however for cycling there's a cafe stop for pastry and coffee not beer and martinis.

Good luck and enjoy !

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Originally Posted by RocHed11 View Post
Does anyone have experience going from weakness in legs to somewhat strong and how long it takes?
Three things...
1) In my late 20's I used to swim a mile a morning for 4 years. I developed an allergy to chlorine and had to stop. Two years later I got in a pool and swam three lengths and my arms gave out. I couldn't even pull myself out of the pool.

2) A daily commuter for years, at 48 I had to stop for a year due to a bulging disk. After 6 months I was able to use the treadmill and built my cardio back up. After a year off the bike I took my first ride...about 6 miles. Like you, I could barely stand. It took about 6 weeks to get back to where I could ride comfortably...and 6 months of riding to get my muscles back to where they were before I stopped.

3) You can do this! go, Go, GO!
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First of all thank you all so much for your replies!!. The feedback I'm receiving is so helpful and encouraging. I rode again today. I know it's not much but today I went 2 miles today which was my plan. Tomorrow 3 miles if not raining and little more by each day

No problem getting off my bike today, I thought ahead and used the curb, My biggest problem was the cool weather. 48 degrees and kinda moist air. Fingers got pretty cold. Computer maps are a Godsend. I live in a part of town that has extensive neighborhood side streets that I can pick and choose numerous routes and distances without ever having to ride or even cross any main thoroughfares.

Anyway, I'm super excited about my bike, the fact I'm exercising again and hopeful I don't give up as long as I can ride.

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.........snip........

Anyway, I'm super excited about my bike, the fact I'm exercising again and hopeful I don't give up as long as I can ride.

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And that is the good news!

Say safe and push yourself.
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I see old guys around me riding a lot too. We are not alone. I find it encouraging.

Do you do pics and post them? I would love to see your bike.

I took a video yesterday of myself doing some bunny hops on my BMX bike and my son showed me how to do a screen shot. It makes it look a lot better than I'm doing cuz I didn't get the rear wheel off the ground any further than that. It's probably like 3". I'm still learning the right technique. Slo mo and screen shots makes stuff look cooler than it really is... I think. LOL.

I'll be 48 on Jan 18th and I'm excited to be able to do stuff like this. Since I feel like I lost 10+ years of my life, physically.



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I haven't tried pictures yet, I'll figure it out in a someday, I use to live in Milwaukee in the mid to late 70s. I loved it there. I casually rode a Raleigh Grand Prix.
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Originally Posted by RocHed11 View Post
First of all thank you all so much for your replies!!. The feedback I'm receiving is so helpful and encouraging. I rode again today. I know it's not much but today I went 2 miles today which was my plan. Tomorrow 3 miles if not raining and little more by each day

No problem getting off my bike today, I thought ahead and used the curb, My biggest problem was the cool weather. 48 degrees and kinda moist air. Fingers got pretty cold. Computer maps are a Godsend. I live in a part of town that has extensive neighborhood side streets that I can pick and choose numerous routes and distances without ever having to ride or even cross any main thoroughfares.

Anyway, I'm super excited about my bike, the fact I'm exercising again and hopeful I don't give up as long as I can ride.

T
48 degrees riding at any speed is definitely colder on the hands than walking.

For those distances and that temp, gloves don't have to be fancy or even bike gloves to be useful.

If you need to operate a touchscreen on the maps while riding, there are bike gloves with full fingers that have patches designed for that.
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I haven't tried pictures yet, I'll figure it out in a someday, I use to live in Milwaukee in the mid to late 70s. I loved it there. I casually rode a Raleigh Grand Prix.
NICE!!! I'm actually in Racine County, not too far over the MKE / Racine Cty line. It's basically a suburb of Milwaukee AND Racine. LOL.

You must've moved somewhere warm cuz 48 is freaking nice for this time of year here. Although admittedly, it was that warm last night on my ride. It's been mostly warm this year. Some real cold early. Either way I'm bundled up but don't need as much when it's 48. I wore super thin gloves last night. And then when I did my BMX stuff after my ride I didn't wear any gloves at all cuz I was already warm. You got soft...... LOL. Just teasing you. If you weren't wearing gloves and it was 48, yeah, that can get cold on the hands when taking a ride. Especially if it's damp and any wind.
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I see old guys around me riding a lot too. We are not alone. I find it encouraging.

Do you do pics and post them? I would love to see your bike.

I got my 10 posts in, Here is my bike
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