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Should I use caution?(6 posts)

Should I use caution?flyinbowlofmilk
Mar 24, 2002 5:56 PM
I have a co-worker who just got a road bike last year. Since then the co-worker has been riding by himself getting use to the road bike. During this time he has only rode up to 10 miles in total. But we decide to get together on a Sat., and ride. I usually ride up to 20 miles solo on Sat. But this past Sat. we rode 16 miles in total. I showed him how to use his index shifter and help him get his air pessure in his road bike tires up to where it was suppose to be. Anyway to make a long story short we rode out to another city that is close. When we got there I stop in a LBS shop and picked up a jersey that I paid for earlier this month. He asked me a couple of questions,which got me wondering how I should proceed. What types of cautions would you use with a newbie/Co-worker?
re: Should I use caution?rollo tommassi
Mar 24, 2002 6:35 PM
Maybe something like: "Caution, cycling can be habit forming"? ;)

Seriously, though, just be honest with your friend, and ask him if they like riding with you, and feel comfortable on the road. I think the best advice for the novice tends to be safety related tips - riding safe, and improving bike handling skills. When I was a newbie (back in the Stone Age), the most highly prized information was just that - advice that would get me home in one piece. Of all sports, I think cycling demands the most in communication between the participants? This could be an opportunity to relate to a co-worker in a non-job arena.

I sense that you are worried about being a role model? ;) I wouldn't worry - if you are a person who visits this board, I'd say you'd be great company on the road. I wonder though if you are thinking there might be a workplace related complication to this comraderie?

would like to here more of what you are thinking....
re: Should I use caution?flyinbowlofmilk
Mar 24, 2002 7:26 PM
As far as the workplace, it 's very well gaurded. Yes I am worried about being a role model. I have been riding road for going on 2yrs. I do visit this board ,and the racing board too. From riding with him this weekend ,he actually enjoyed riding with me. I gave him some pointer and advice on road riding. My cautions was because I am going to try some road racing this year ,and he saw the team jersey. He asked me if they sponser and I told him yes. My other caution to him is that he should just try to get use road riding and riding with groups. He hasn't rode with a group yet. I have ridden with a slow group and now with a faster group. And the last caution is that he should just ride and learn how to use the index shifters more like I did when I got my new road bike.
ask him to ride with a slow group...weiwentg
Mar 25, 2002 4:55 AM
riding in a group is fun (yes, riding solo is fun in a Spartan sort of way). plus, he will pick up lots of tips from the more experienced cyclists. perhaps you could get him to join the group you started riding with?
re: Should I use caution?CFBlue
Mar 25, 2002 6:33 AM
Last October I bought a dirt bike and called a friend who I knew had one, but left in in the garage more often than not. our first scheduled ride was from his house, 45 miles away. i loaded my new wheels and then we went by road over to the local dirt bike park. Had a nice time, but I spent much of the afternoon adjusting seat height, teaching him shifting and (still trying) good bike handling skills. The single track, shared with much faster riders and horses and hikers, put us off doing that again and that popular location.

But it got him curious about road riding, so I lent him my old road bike and took him for a 20 miler around a fairly easy course through wine country. He was hooked

We went out every available weekend, sometimes both days this past winter and a month ago he bought his own bike, a nice lemond with fancy wheels and a bright yellow paint job. Then he added a yellow helmet and jersey.

In six months of riding and coaching, I have developed a good riding partner who has, since buying his new bike, done four 50+ mile rides with me including some pretty tough climbing. I am still a lot faster, and i spend more time waiting than I might like, but it has been time well spent.

I am sure you will find the same. BTW, I've been riding less than four years and really wish someone at the club I was riding with then had taken an interest and helped me over the difficult first year.

just give him good advice if he asks for itRayBan
Mar 25, 2002 9:04 AM
That's cool you rode with him. If hes new to the sport, he no doubt wants to learn. If you can help him out with his questions GO FOR IT. Tell him about the groups you rode with in the past. If it was one of MY co-workers, I would dut them at the turnaround, but thats a different issue, HA!