Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Help me set up a goal

Old 07-02-15, 10:29 PM
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Help me set up a goal

Hi there,
I'm a newbie and I just bought my first road bike. I didn't really know better so I just picked up one from Kijiji. It's 24" wheel and 19" frame so I think it's youth road bike but whatever. It fits me well.

Anyway, I really need your help setting up a realistic goal. It prob sound stupid I rode for the first time and it was literally first time since 15 years ago. And I have zero knowledge on cycling.

My personal goal is to increase fitness level in general. To achieve this, Should I be riding it longer or should I aim to ride quicker? Or should I try riding only at higher gears for more thigh muscle use? I'm so new I literally have no idea.

I guess my point is I want to know how you did.

Attached are the screenshots of my first ride!
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Old 07-02-15, 10:32 PM
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Main goal should be to have fun. Do long rides when you feel like it. Short rides when you feel like it. Go hard when in the mood. Go easy when you're tired.
Spin 80-100 rpm
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Until you go out and ride, in order to set a baseline, it will be hard to set goals that make sense for you. As noted, it should also be fun. So, go ride, find out what is difficult or currently impossible. Then, set goals. And, update them as you concur them. Once you have made some goals, then looking into keeping data could be more important. It all depends on how far you want to go.

for me, I pick a tough route, lots of hills, and give it a try. Then, I set out to do it faster.
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Hey! Thanks for the quick reply. I guess.there's reslly no rules other than having fun!

But mainly, how do I tell if I'm spinning at 80 to 100 rpm?

Is there an easy way to tell?
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Check the second hand on your watch for one minute and count each full pedal stroke during that time span.
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Originally Posted by binnkim View Post
Hey! Thanks for the quick reply. I guess.there's reslly no rules other than having fun!

But mainly, how do I tell if I'm spinning at 80 to 100 rpm?

Is there an easy way to tell?
If it is important to you, check out the different cycling computers at your LBS. But, go get it some rides first and then start figuring out what is important to you.
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Originally Posted by binnkim View Post
But mainly, how do I tell if I'm spinning at 80 to 100 rpm?

Is there an easy way to tell?
If your right foot is at the same timing as "one mississippi, two mississippi, three mississippi ..." That is 60 rpm.
If your right leg does 1.5 revolution for each "one mississippi, two mississippi, three mississippi ..." that is 90 rpm
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Like others have said, if you are a complete newbie, dispense with the data crunching. Go and ride. Then ride a bit longer. Then ride a bit harder. Then look for some hills. Rode those for a while, and then ride longer. You'll know you're improving when you are not winded after an hour ride--the same hour ride that nearly killed you a month ago. Or you're making it up that hill without feeling like your heart is about to leap out of your chest.
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One thing I had to learn when starting out, was to learn to spin at a comfortable rpm continually, rather than the childhood method of peddalling hard for 20 seconds, then coasting for a while, slowing down, then having to speed up again...use your gears to try to maintain a comfortable pedal speed...its much more efficient.
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
Check the second hand on your watch for one minute and count each full pedal stroke during that time span.
Better still, count the number of times you push down on right or left side and multiply by 10, much safer.
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I suggest you get two water bottle cages and bottles to fit them, a multi tool and the stuff to fix flat tires, then just ride :-), yes "spinning" is a good skill and probably easier on your knees :-).

then just ride :-)......if your a cyclist it will take on a life of its own :-).
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Originally Posted by binnkim View Post
Hey! Thanks for the quick reply. I guess.there's really no rules other than having fun!

But mainly, how do I tell if I'm spinning at 80 to 100 rpm?

Is there an easy way to tell?
Watch racers and match their cadence, just in an easier gear.

Given enough time, almost any goal is realistic, but as others have suggested, with a little bit of riding you may soon discover what kinds of goals you want to set; I think "improving fitness generally" will come regardless of what kinds of goals you set, as long as they are about riding. You may find you just like being alone and covering a lot of ground, and this time next year you may be doing a solo century, or you may find you like riding fast and close to other people and may want to take up racing, for which you would have other kinds of goals.
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