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Old 12-09-10, 04:52 PM
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New to Road Biking

Just bought a 2011 Defy 1. This is my first road bike ever and so far I've only rode it once for 16 miles and after that first ride I've fallen in love with biking and my bike.

I'm new so does anyone have tips for some newbie rider
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Old 12-09-10, 04:54 PM
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Old 12-09-10, 04:59 PM
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Old 12-09-10, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Sicairoslb View Post
Just bought a 2011 Defy 1. This is my first road bike ever and so far I've only rode it once for 16 miles and after that first ride I've fallen in love with biking and my bike.

I'm new so does anyone have tips for some newbie rider

It is addictive.
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Old 12-09-10, 05:01 PM
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Old 12-09-10, 05:02 PM
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My advice to new riders is 1) be smooth and predictable. No sudden braking or steering unless very needed. 2) Get your bike adjusted to fit you best. Then make any adjustments in small (1/8 in or 3mm) moves one at a time. When it is right leave it alone. 3) Don't crash and 4) By all means have fun.
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Old 12-09-10, 05:11 PM
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I'll post some pics soon. When i bought the bike the bike shop did most of the adjusting and it feels great. Definitely dying to get back out on the bike.
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Originally Posted by Sicairoslb View Post
I'm new so does anyone have tips for some newbie rider
Bring food with you when you start going on long ( more than three hours moving time ) rides. Don't leave on an empty stomach, or you'll "hit the wall" or "bonk."

Use your front brake a lot more often than the rear.

Flats happen. Be prepared with a patch kit or a replacement tube.

Have fun!
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Have fun.

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Old 12-10-10, 12:41 AM
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Ride more.
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Ride a lot and read a lot here.
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Cool! I just bought the exact same bike. It rides like a dream.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Bring food with you when you start going on long ( more than three hours moving time ) rides. Don't leave on an empty stomach, or you'll "hit the wall" or "bonk."
Where your physiology provides for moderate glycogen stores and you ride hard you can deplete them within an hour and a half or two. You need to eat long enough before that so the energy will be available by the time you need that.
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1. Buy a helmet
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