Seeking bicycling advice

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Dirty Dan, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Dirty Dan And knowing is half the battle Registered Senior Member

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    So I asked for a bicycle for Xmas to get into shape b/c quite honestly, I do not like running. Can anyone point me to a website or even offer there own personal advice on some good beginer routines on cycling.
     
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  3. Idle Mind What the hell, man? Valued Senior Member

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    What do you want to know? I cycle (downhill and road) and am training to race downhill.

    What sort of riding do you want to do? What sort of bicycle did you ask for?

    I can talk for hours, so let's get started.
     
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  5. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Pick a time of day that you can get out and ride for a few miles or more then stick to a routine that you choose. Start off with a few miles then go longer , not faster. Bikes are better on the knees than running as well, good choice for many health reasons.
     
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  7. John99 Banned Banned

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    Dan, another good thing is to do some swimming.
     
  8. elte Valued Senior Member

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    Reducing stress is one reason I like cycling so much.
     
  9. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I enjoy sex much better to do that.

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  10. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    "beginner" routes should be flat and relatively short, about 2 miles.
    your body will let you know if you are overdoing it or not.
    if you cycle daily you will soon be able to tackle longer routes.
    i gradually increased my route to where i was cycling a 15 mile route 2 or 3 times a day.

    i found i liked to ride bicycles.
    get a headlight for your bike, the kind that produces a bluish light.
    the "white" kind will give you vision problems at night.
     
  11. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    I got one piece of advice...get in shape...well there are a few ways, well try swimming and running till it BURNS AND HURTS. Get a gym membership and use the stationary bikes there.
     
  12. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    Get a really comfortable seat with jel in it that fits your behind. A sucky seat is a real pain in the @$$. Gloves with wrist straps keep my hands from going numb on longer rides. Limber before and after, leg cramps suck.
    If you're pushing yourself hard and are sore afterward, take ibuprofen if you can and sleep in sweatpants. Charlie horse cramps are not a fun way to wake up.

    Bah!

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  14. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    don't ride your bike on the sidewalk, for 3 reasons.
    it's rude to pedestrians.
    it's illegal in some states, mine is one of them.
    riding your bike from one sidewalk across the street to the other sidewalk on the next block is a great way to get nailed by a car.
    speaking about cars, ride with the traffic not against it.
    basically follow the same rules and laws for automobiles.
     

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