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

My ride yesterday.

Old 09-08-04, 07:07 AM
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My ride yesterday.

Took my first long solo ride yesterday. School was out for Labor Day and my friend was busy, so I decided to ride. Got up at 6:00 and was ready by 6:30. Open the garage and what happens? It starts raining. I figured it was a Florida rain so it would stop in 5-10 minutes. It stopped and raining so I went back open the garage, and it starts raining again. Well it does this until 8:00 so I was 1 hour and 30 minutes late on my start. Oh well I thought, just pay attention to the wet roads. First 10 miles were done and I was feeling good. Took a turn through a neighborhood and thought that I would be able to make it to another road and to my final destination, the ringling bridge. Well I got to the end of the road and it was a caldasack. I had forgot that the roads were wet, and that I was on new asphault. Well needless to say, I fell and slid on my hip. Big ole baseball sized bump on my left hip and a penny sized dent in my helmet. Well I really wanted to keep on and tackle the bridge, so I got up checked out my bike, only a few scrapes and a torn handgrip, and started again. So about 10 miles later I am at the bridge and climbing. It was a nice climb and I had made it from my house to Ken Thompson park in one hour. I have no idea how many miles it is,(lack of money for a cyclo computer) but I know I was not going too slow. It is atleast 18-20. I had brought 2 bottels of water and I filled them up, but low and behold I had forgotten to bring something to eat. So I used the bathroom and then was on my way. I climbed back over the bridge and on my way home almost got run off the road about 6-8 times. These cars kept screaming to get on the sidewalk. When will they be more receptive?

Got home and felt fine except for the hip and my neck. I think I am in the drops to long.

How often are you guys in the drops. For this ride, I was probably in them about 75-80 % of the time. I am still learning and will try to be in a different position next time. Any hints or tips would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by shmanz
Took my first long solo ride yesterday. School was out for Labor Day and my friend was busy, so I decided to ride. Got up at 6:00 and was ready by 6:30. Open the garage and what happens? It starts raining. I figured it was a Florida rain so it would stop in 5-10 minutes. It stopped and raining so I went back open the garage, and it starts raining again. Well it does this until 8:00 so I was 1 hour and 30 minutes late on my start. Oh well I thought, just pay attention to the wet roads. First 10 miles were done and I was feeling good. Took a turn through a neighborhood and thought that I would be able to make it to another road and to my final destination, the ringling bridge. Well I got to the end of the road and it was a caldasack. I had forgot that the roads were wet, and that I was on new asphault. Well needless to say, I fell and slid on my hip. Big ole baseball sized bump on my left hip and a penny sized dent in my helmet. Well I really wanted to keep on and tackle the bridge, so I got up checked out my bike, only a few scrapes and a torn handgrip, and started again. So about 10 miles later I am at the bridge and climbing. It was a nice climb and I had made it from my house to Ken Thompson park in one hour. I have no idea how many miles it is,(lack of money for a cyclo computer) but I know I was not going too slow. It is atleast 18-20. I had brought 2 bottels of water and I filled them up, but low and behold I had forgotten to bring something to eat. So I used the bathroom and then was on my way. I climbed back over the bridge and on my way home almost got run off the road about 6-8 times. These cars kept screaming to get on the sidewalk. When will they be more receptive?

Got home and felt fine except for the hip and my neck. I think I am in the drops to long.

How often are you guys in the drops. For this ride, I was probably in them about 75-80 % of the time. I am still learning and will try to be in a different position next time. Any hints or tips would be appreciated.
I only ride in the drops when hammering, chasing, sprinting...otherwise, I have my bars low enough that the hoods are aero enough for 80% of my riding. I even descend sometimes that way if I need to be able to see around long curves better...
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You should be on the hoods at least 80%. As for the cars...if riding solo I always try and ride very early on the weekends before too much traffic hits the streets and look for less traveled routes with multiple lanes. If this is not possible, you should check into group rides in your area.

Also, make sure you read up on how to ride safely in traffic.
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