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kristi 07-19-07 01:51 PM

New to forum - New to biking
I am new to the whole "bike" thing.
I bought my first bike ever (I never had my own bike as a kid) last July. It was a Giant Trance 3. I'm told I basically own a "Cadillac". I bought this bike while I still lived in Oregon. I'm now in Tucson. I'm still getting used to mountain biking in Arizona (what's with all the rock gardens?).

My boyfriend is a very serious mountain biker. He prefers to ride down the sides of mountains and do jumps.

I've decided to make the switch.
I'm in the process of buying my first road bike.
It looks like I'm going to be getting a Cannondale Optimo Feminine 2. Any thoughts?

I'm hoping to participate in the Tour de Tucson this November. Any advice for getting ready for my first race?

I'd also love some general advice on training. Does anyone have a training regimen that works for them that they'd like to pass on?

Anyway I look forward to riding more and learning about riding.

steve45 07-19-07 07:22 PM

Hello Kristi: Welcome to biking and welcome to the bike forums.

I live in Oregon and my brother lives in Arizona City and works in the Phoenix
area. He just sent me recent pics of a dust storm that totally enveloped his home!
I don't envy you guys this time of year dealing with dust storms and the heat but
during the winter months when were getting dumped on up here in the N.W and its
80 degrees where your at, its a different story!

Wow, for someone new to riding your really ambitious, but thats good, you have a great
mountain bike and I don't think you can go wrong with a Cannondale, I ride a RUSH 3Z and love
it, but I don't think brand is as important as fit and comfort and if the bike fits into the type of
riding you wish to do. I found I couldn't settle on just one bike, so I have several depending on what riding mood strikes me at the time.

Enjoy! I had not ridden a bike in years and had forgot how fun it is, not to mention the health benefits.


East Hill 07-19-07 11:13 PM

Hello Kristi--the Optimo's a nice bike, and can't argue with the components. You should not have any problems with that bike :) .

The Tour de Tucson is not actually a race, but a ride. Which mileage were you going to ride? The training regimen depends on the mileage.

Welcome to BF!

East Hill

kristi 07-20-07 09:29 AM

I think I'm going for the 30 mile (I think it's like 37 or 38 miles). A couple friends are doing it with me and one of them is not a biker, so this sounded like something we could all do. I'm really looking forward to it.

My Cannondale is being ordered today!!! I'm so exited!!!!

East Hill 07-20-07 09:48 AM

You should not have any problems doing the 35 mile ride if you start out by taking it easy, then gradually building up mileage. Actually, you could be doing 30 miles in about a month and a half, depending on how gung ho you are.

East Hill

Hobartlemagne 07-20-07 10:18 AM

Some basic training: ride 2 to 3 times a week. If you only ride on weekends its hard to improve.
Start with something easy, maybe 10 mile rides.
Ride that 10 mile distance 2 to 3 times a week. after 2 weeks, up the mileage about 2 miles.
Ride 12 miles 2 to 3 times a week and increase after about 2 weeks. Repeat increasing every 2 weeks.

This will gradually get you ready for your november ride. Adding mileage just 2 miles every 2 weeks will allow you to keep riding 2 or 3 times a week without feeling too tired from your previous ride.

Wear sunscreeen and drink lots of water.

good luck!

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