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Old 07-16-08, 06:23 PM   #1
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New Guy IN Va Beach

HI,
I just bought a mountian bike for pleasure riding here, My Dr says I need to find a low impact exercise that dosen't impact on my joints the way jogging does,
I have developed some nerve problems most likely due to to many years of jogging.
So The bike seems to be great exercise and dosen't bother my Back.
I have started with short rides around 12 miles average spped 12-15 mph with occasional 20 milers on the weekend when I have more time, even at my age 57 I m seeing some dramatic changes in muscle mass on my quads and legs. have a cat eye computer to keep me honest...
I decided to order some shoes and a pair of those candy sl clips by crankbrothers at bike island . I ve seen some good reviews.
I used to ride many years ago, and just stopped .
A little worried about winter here in VA it can get very chilly when you outside in the breeze..
Doug
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Old 07-16-08, 06:39 PM   #2
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As a runner, you probably know all about the benefits of technical clothing. They are absolutely priceless when it comes to blocking the cold wind and extending your "cycling season".

As for the clipless shoes, you will be pleased with the increase in the power you can generate.

Keep the rubber side down,
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Old 07-16-08, 08:41 PM   #3
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My wife's favorite bike ride was on the boardwalk with a stop along the way for a pancake breakfast
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Greetings from a Va. Beach native! It's a great place to cycle because it's flaaaat.

Cycling is alot better than running when it comes to impact, because there isn't any. You also cover alot more ground which I like. I have found that it's actually good for my back. When I have disk problems, I get on the bike and my back loosens up and the pain goes away. Have fun!
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You should be seeing batches of transcontinental bike tourists as the summer wears on. I understand that the eastern end of the TransAmerica bike trail ends in your town. Check the Adventure Cycling site for arrival times.
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Hi Doug, winter's trickier than summer, but there's a whole forum here devoted to nothing but Winter Cycling .

Check it out, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Old 07-17-08, 05:52 AM   #7
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HI,
I just bought a mountian bike for pleasure riding here, My Dr says I need to find a low impact exercise that dosen't impact on my joints the way jogging does,
I have developed some nerve problems most likely due to to many years of jogging.
So The bike seems to be great exercise and dosen't bother my Back.
I have started with short rides around 12 miles average spped 12-15 mph with occasional 20 milers on the weekend when I have more time, even at my age 57 I m seeing some dramatic changes in muscle mass on my quads and legs. have a cat eye computer to keep me honest...
I decided to order some shoes and a pair of those candy sl clips by crankbrothers at bike island . I ve seen some good reviews.
I used to ride many years ago, and just stopped .
A little worried about winter here in VA it can get very chilly when you outside in the breeze..
Doug
Ride the trails at first landing park, it will keep you protected from the ocean breeze. I just started biking this summer because of my feet and knee. I never thought I would enjoy it so much. See you on the road!
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Old 07-17-08, 04:33 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forums!! There are some good places to ride in the area.
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