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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

HOW DID YOU DO IT?! Explain your SUCCESSES

Old 09-03-08, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by dennis_said View Post
Well when I described it to him, he loved it... I mean this is also the kind of guy that wouldn't just go out and purchase something on impulse... so I know he knew personally he wanted to get into it
Sounds like he wants to ride or did, encourage with good comments tips not to many he will learn much by just watching.
Go slow for awhile no mater how it makes you fill let him lead at times. Don't go so fast that he gets dropped all the time make a few stops for him as time goes he will get in better shape ride faster and longer. Its not going to happen in a few weeks but over several months. If you fill the need to go faster do it solo with out him to get it out of you.
You also need to make sure the bike really fits him, is it conferrable? is the saddle correct, it shouldn't cause pain at all, this alone is enough to make someone not want to ride.
This is my experience with other people who want to start cycling but some also just never get into it completely that you can do nothing about but starting slow with someone new will help keep interested.
Remember: If you fill the need to go faster do it solo with out him on your own ride to get it out of you, and don't invite him till hes ready he will be the one who will know its time to try.
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Old 09-04-08, 12:30 AM
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I remember my first bike. And my second and third. I used to just love riding around. I was addicted to cycling from the start. Once I went so far I had to use the pay phone to call my Dad to pick me up. Then I got into racing and that went on til my early twenties. I dropped out because I was spending more time studying law and running a side bussiness to support myself. And then I kind of gave up on cycling for about 15 years. Then I took it up again and lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of speed and stamina.

Cycling is one of those things, in my opinion, are sports that one loves from an early age. If you loved it as a kid you will love it even more as an adult. My kids don't seem to be too keen on cycling - complaining that it is a lot of work. Well, I still hammer out my cenury ride every month, simply because love of cycling. I love the sweat, the aches, the thirst, the hills, the pain and suffering that goes into completing a good ride. Then later in the evening I with a beer in hand can mentally go through the ride just like it was on TV, with great satisfaction that I accomplished something worthwhile that day.

Cycling is one of those things that people are meant to be or no meant to be. No amount of motivational training will get you going if you don't have it in your heart.
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Old 09-04-08, 05:04 AM
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I agree with the previous comments about setting an example. I went camping with some non-biking friends this past weekend, and Saturday morning I took a 57 mile ride around the flowage we were at. Afterwards, they looked at my computer (they were especially interested in the 2800+ calories burnt), and my bike, but mostly, they got to see how you can enjoy getting a great workout.
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Old 09-04-08, 09:55 AM
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Define success? If loosing almost 40 pounds and being able to climb most hills in W Pa after a 14 year alcohol induced haze then I am successful. If going out on a fast group ride and kicking everyone's rear is success, then I am an utter failure.
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Old 09-04-08, 03:34 PM
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In response to "why I'm pushing him"

I'm pushing him (if you'd even call it that), I'm more encouraging than anything. I don't want to see him give up on it because he went out got a Fuji Roubaix Pro, some 150 dollar pedals, some nice pair of shorts, etc, etc.

How can I convince him to just wear his Pearl Izumi Slices w/o underwear and w/o basketball shorts on top????
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Old 09-04-08, 03:46 PM
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Talk enthusiastically about riding with him, but don't ride with him.

I don't enjoy riding with people who aren't into a bit of suffering, so I don't do it.


Maybe you can get him hooked on the idea of doing a local charity ride - then, he'll need to train for it...
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Old 09-04-08, 03:54 PM
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Find out what your friend DOES enjoy doing. See if there is a match. Spend time with him on THAT activity.

Ride with someone else.
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Old 09-04-08, 04:21 PM
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To make a long story short: I helped a classmate of mine from HS get his computer up and running. He referred his friend to me when he wanted to start cycling. I helped him find a great bike shop (whom I was supposed to buy a bike from, but didn't), buy the bike he wanted from there (a really nice Trek 1.2) and related accessories, and get riding.

I haven't ridden with him yet because my schedule has been packed to the brim with stuff (and three centuries in the next there weeks don't help either), but I'm glad that he's rolling now.
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Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
To make a long story short: I helped a classmate of mine from HS get his computer up and running. He referred his friend to me when he wanted to start cycling. I helped him find a great bike shop (whom I was supposed to buy a bike from, but didn't), buy the bike he wanted from there (a really nice Trek 1.2) and related accessories, and get riding.

I haven't ridden with him yet because my schedule has been packed to the brim with stuff (and three centuries in the next there weeks don't help either), but I'm glad that he's rolling now.
The thing was that he really wanted to do this; your friend may have felt the same, but lost interest quickly. It happens; if he really likes it, he'll come back. Just give him time.
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Old 09-04-08, 04:47 PM
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You are either born compulsive-obssesive or you are not. We cannot imprint our character defects on others unless they are our own children. I'm afraid it's much to late for your friend. He will never be flawed enough to be one of us.
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Originally Posted by dennis_said View Post
How can I convince him to just wear his Pearl Izumi Slices w/o underwear and w/o basketball shorts on top????
I wear cycling shorts with basketball shorts on top. What's wrong with that?
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Take him out on another ride, preferably mountainous. Push him so hard he pukes, call him girlie names, make him get off the bike and walk several times.

Then, after he realizes he hates riding, he will sell you his gear/bike for really cheap. Or he will push himself to train harder, and push himself to keep up. Either way, you win.

J/K
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
I'd admire your ability to stay upright at an average 5.7mph.
Kinda my point I was getting at. More or less.

Yes, Senor.

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Ride. Rest. Repeat.

You can't force anyone to love anything. Let your friend find his own path in cycling (he might want a hybrid, or a recumbent, OMG). You can offer him company on the ride, and let him know that you're willing to help him expand his horizons, if he's willing.

Some people reach a level in cycling at which they're comfortable, and have no ambition to push themselves. Again, you respect that and do what you need to do. If and when your friend wants to expand his horizons he knows who to ask.

Otherwise, ride your own ride and be happy that he's riding at all.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I wear cycling shorts with basketball shorts on top. What's wrong with that?
Do you wear UNDERWEAR underneath your shorts too?
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I've managed to get 3 friends into road biking. Two (women) bought their bikes last summer and we rode together a few times, I helped them understand how to ride on the roads, drafting, etc. They were all for it, and motivated, but eventually I found they just couldn't keep up. I still ride with them, and they know I'm going slow to keep pace, but I have to do my own rides (solo and club) to get a real workout.

The third person is a guy that was solely into weight training, put on size and strength, but totally not interested in biking. Until he got results of high blood pressure from his doctor. After that he came to me and we discussed options for a bike, and he went and bought a Dept. store bike (against my recommendations).

He's still pretty timid about riding, but after hearing what I've accomplished since I started last year, he's added more mileage. I went to his place and we rode together recently. He has a great area for riding (and we saw lots of cyclists). If he can stick with it, he'll do well next year. And his BP has gone down, he's very happy about that.

I find it's tough to meet people that are as motivated to ride as I am. The few that I met that do have weird schedules and we can never hook up, or they live too far from me to make it worthwhile. Eventually I hope I can get a solid partner and really push myself further.
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I'm riding w/ my friend tomorrow again, hopefully this time will be better
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