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Old 01-16-2013, 06:38 AM   #11
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there's a lot of cyclists here, though mainly mtn. bikers.
i'm mainly a mtn. biker but do road bike for fitness. i have one that i built with Shimano 105 group, Performance aluminum frame and carbon fork.
Besides the fitness, the nice thing about riding the roads is its a great way to explore more of the area. I'm still finding new roads and new scenery in areas that I've been camping at since I was a child.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #12
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I always try to take my road bike along with me. Sometimes there are no opportunities; no shoulder, twisty, hilly, narrow, lot of RVs and trucks . . . too dangerous for me. Then I wonder why I brought it along. Other times, I find the most beautiful, almost magical rides. And then it is all worth it.

The bike doesn't weigh anything of any significance but it is bulky. That's one of the reasons we bought a Surveyor 235 with foldable front bunk. Room for the bike, telescope, etc. . . . .

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I tried posting this once, but the app got pissy... I'd like to be a cyclist. I even have a Scott Sub 20 hybrid. Problem is I'm fat and out of shape and that seat is really uncomfortable! I'd like to get out more on it this year and actually learn to ride better/properly (vs. just sitting on the seat and going).
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:13 AM   #14
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I tried posting this once, but the app got pissy... I'd like to be a cyclist. I even have a Scott Sub 20 hybrid. Problem is I'm fat and out of shape and that seat is really uncomfortable! I'd like to get out more on it this year and actually learn to ride better/properly (vs. just sitting on the seat and going).
You just have to be determined and have realistic expectations. Start slowly and build. Explore and have fun. Your butt WILL get tougher; it takes awhile; do not despair. Set a goal every day/week. Gradually add to it. Biking is a wonderful and low-impact way to get cardiovascular and muscle exercise. You ARE going to hurt a little here and there; no pain, no gain.

Remember, you don't "pump" a bike; you "spin" it. Use your lower gears if you have to.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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I tried posting this once, but the app got pissy... I'd like to be a cyclist. I even have a Scott Sub 20 hybrid. Problem is I'm fat and out of shape and that seat is really uncomfortable! I'd like to get out more on it this year and actually learn to ride better/properly (vs. just sitting on the seat and going).
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I happen to be a cycling coach, so my advise is to get to riding as much as you can. Your speed, your distance. Look into a cycling club near you once you get comfortable and want to join a group. Everyone starts off at a low level and you just have to put in the time and work your way up in fitness.

As far as the seat comfort goes there are gel covers available at most bike stores but its a matter of getting used to the seat.

There are lots of cycling coaches who are dedicated to helping cyclists. Talk to a few and see who fits your goals the best. You likely don't want a coach dedicated to racing. They are out there.

The best thing about cycling is the sense of freedom, scenery and the benefit of exercise. Fitness starts with the first peal stroke. Good Luck.
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Thanks guys. I actually replaced the stock seat with a new one. I literally was in pain for a day after a 15 minute ride on the stock seat. I called it "my boyfriend"! The new seat is better- but still takes some getting used to.

My concern with a club- I'm literally winded after an relatively easy 1 mile ride around the road/circle that I live on (very nice that it's exactly 1 mike). I'd hate to drive to a ride and then not be able to hack it.
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ependydad, as extremebike posted, you gotta start off easy and gradually work your way up. The pounds will come off, the legs will get stronger, and the ol' heart and lungs will thank you.

Many bike clubs have "beginner" rides. They will typically meet once a week, and go as fast as the slowest rider. See if you can find a local club that offers that.

Besides gel seats, padded bike pants may help you with the saddle sores.

I contribute biking to me being able to keep my weight down. I can see a difference in the winter when I am not riding as much, then spring time comes and I gotta knock it back a few notches.....but will get back into the groove after a couple of weeks.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:43 PM   #18
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replica. A Mtn bike, either Fisher - Super Caliber or the Super Fly SS. They go inside the TV bed under the ARE cap, locked. I look up local rides or check out bike shops for rides. I have done and won with an age group record, Sebring 12hr bike race. 212.3 mi in 12 hr. 62 then, 64 now. Probably do it again when I reach 65 and try for another win and age group record! Maybe...
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:04 PM   #20
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Thanks guys. I actually replaced the stock seat with a new one....The new seat is better- but still takes some getting used to.
Seats are really personal and its a tough one to get right. Its easy to go through a few in your search for "The One". A local bike shop that offers decent service will allow you to buy and try and will take the seat back if it doesn't work for you after a few rides (e.g., The seat I ride with now has a six month tryout period). Of course, a good bike shop will also have sold you the seat, installed it for you and adjusted it accordingly to work with your position on your bike.

I second the suggestion to get a good pair of shorts. Also very personal and what works for you may or may not be what works for your friends. By the way, bike shorts have to be worn with chamois cream for the best results.

Finally, time in the saddle is needed to get really comfortable and used to a change in saddle or position. Unfortunately, there is no way around that.

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My concern with a club- I'm literally winded after an relatively easy 1 mile ride around the road/circle that I live on (very nice that it's exactly 1 mike). I'd hate to drive to a ride and then not be able to hack it.
First of all, you need to congratulate yourself for getting out.

Its easy to expect a lot when we first start biking - Same thing with running - but its best to ride within your group at the start. There are tons of levels and usually your YMCA or local bike shop can point you to the right riding level in your area. Good luck and congratulations again.
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