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Old 07-24-19, 01:39 PM
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Hello, looking to cycle seriously!

I know next to nothing about bikes but am trying to cycle to get my conditioning to the next level. Shopping for bikes at the moment. Any good cycling training books or resources?
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Old 07-24-19, 02:04 PM
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I know next to nothing about bikes but am trying to cycle to get my conditioning to the next level. Shopping for bikes at the moment. Any good cycling training books or resources?
Greg Lemond's Complete book of Bicycling comes to mind for me. You can probably find it at half price books for a few bucks or at the library. Yeah, it is a bit dated, but the information about bike fit is quite informative and it was a bit ahead of it's time as he advocated using a smaller frame but with a longer top tube. I started using a metric tape measure after reading that and taking some notes about my bikes and schooling myself on how to dial in a comfortable, yet fast bike.

The book makes for a good read about Greg's career. Some of the training information might be off a little, especially the stuff about eating a variety of proteins from all manner of wild animals. That part came from the former Olympic team coach - "Eddy B" from Poland.
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Old 07-24-19, 09:27 PM
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Old 07-25-19, 01:04 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums. You may find the Training & Nutrition sub forum helpful.
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one summer I went to out local library & progressively went thru most of what they had. combined with this forum, actual cycling & wrenching on old bikes, I learned a lot
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Welcome @Mikenobike! The "Training Status" thread in the Road Bike Racing sub forum has lots of good conditioning info as well
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Depends, but if you ride enough. Sooner or later. You'll want a better bike. I see more younger women buying road bikes. Depends if just for exercise,, or for shopping.. Locking it up downtown in many places. If you can change a flat. Pump up the tires yourself. Just doing brake & deerailer adjustments. Buy yourself a Titaniam Lightspeed. Write me back in ten years.. Really bike mechanics stuff its nothing hard. Just need the right tools.
So starting from zero. No bike(s) in garage? nothing lying around? Find: aluminm rims Drop or Flat handlebars .A Roadbike with triple crank,,(buy) it. Non touring road bikes have gone to double cranks this year. Except for touring,, adventure bikes (Wide tires Drop Bars)__ were a few ten, years ago. Now more popular.
Friction Shifting bikes, Road Hybrid & MTB. Ended in 1985-87. Nothing wrong with them. The rear axle likey a freewheel. And the rear dropout, with between frames is narrower on old bikes. I say that. BECAUSE u might find a very hot deal. At thrift store, police auction, or garage sale bike. But trying to match wheels frames & axles … Just buying a new bike, would be an easier decision. Don't hug the curb, Pedal squares and use hand sicnals, cheers

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Old 07-30-19, 12:23 PM
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Can you take a class at a local bike shop? You'll need to know about repairs and such.
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Well, it's been almost a year. As an update, a few months after this post I bought a Vitus 979 with Shimano 600 components and older Dura Ace shifters and derailleur for only $200. I cycled once a week in addition to training to compete in boxing. Was able to work up to a 45 mile bike ride with 4500+ elevation. Took a long time though. Still have never done a proper training plan but I love cycling now!!!
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Old 02-07-21, 03:44 PM
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Good for you, Mike!
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Glad to see that you've stuck with it.
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