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How should I help a new cyclist?(8 posts)

How should I help a new cyclist?flyinbowlofmilk
Jan 12, 2002 5:38 PM
I think I need to keep my mouth shut when it comes to cycling at my job. But I am stupid enough to talk about it. I have a problem on my hands. Can I get some help with it. Last year I mention to a Co-worker that I just got finish doing my 1st cycling tour(Cycle North carolina 2001). And now I have a problem. One of the co-workers that I mention it to wants to get into cycling. How should I go about helping him without hindering my progress and learning? The co-worker has a road bike with Shimano 105 components on it. Right now he is in the process of getting him some road shoes to go with his clipless pedals. He has asked me some questions about the clothes cyclist wear,and what group do I ride with now. The problem is that I ride with a LBS group that ride faster than 17+mph. Should I let him ride with the group I ride with now? Or should I go to a slower group and ride with them so he can learn and enjoy cycling?. Need some advice on this situation or problem
Deja vu?Crankist
Jan 12, 2002 8:31 PM
(Is this not a re-post)?
If you like him, and want to help him, then ride with him (unless he really does have a 105 bike).
If you don't like him, and don't want to help him, then don't ride with him.
Next.
Mike
re: "Unless he really does have a 105 bike"Elefantino
Jan 12, 2002 8:39 PM
What does that mean?
w/apologies, basking in the cruelest kind of calculated snobberyCrankist
Jan 13, 2002 8:53 AM
re: How should I help a new cyclist?Elefantino
Jan 12, 2002 8:37 PM
I had a similar problem with a neighbor. I ride with an A group and he was a B rider, at best, but he wanted to get back into cycling and he wanted to do it with me. I got him started with one of our club's Saturday B rides. Went along with him. Made sure he met everyone. The next time we rode it was on a Sunday when we have our A/B rides. We went together, and I told him that I was going to ride a stronger pace, and he was OK with that because he felt comfortable with the B group.

So yes, go with him and the slower group one day. Keep your cadence up and you'll still get a good workout, and he'll get new friends.

FWIW,
Mike
re: How should I help a new cyclist?Dave Hickey
Jan 13, 2002 6:18 AM
Ride with him. If you're a A rider, ride in the small chain ring. You'll still get a good workout
re: How should I help a new cyclist?bluto
Jan 13, 2002 12:33 PM
You need advice on how to be civilized? I hope he doesnt have to wait for you too often along the way.
Da Helpliu02bhs
Jan 13, 2002 9:05 PM
I think you should ride with him and help him get the speed up. It won't take long to get his speed above 17+ mph esp. when drafting. When you ride, ride in the front to break the wind for everyone, so you can get a better work out. That's what I do, when my friends want to ride with me.