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I'm a new rider ...(6 posts)

I'm a new rider ...Ravik
May 6, 2002 2:01 PM
who's 47 and looking for some info on training.
Currently I'm riding as C'dale hybrid about 20 miles four
times a week. I'm buying a Bianchi Campione with the
intention of participatingin some group rides and time
trials. I feel a littl elike I'm just spinningmy wheels - no goals, no guides. 1st, what's a good work week look like for a beginner. 2nd, I'm a 6'3", 260 lb former football player. Am I going to squash my 59 cm Bianchi? Snap its bb on hills? Finally, my 11-year-old is fast becoming an avid rider. He loves road rides. At what point do I move him from a mountain bike to a road bike? Thanks!
re: I'm a new rider ...yoman
May 6, 2002 2:58 PM
You should really go to a shop and get fitted for a bike. A 59 sounds small for someone who is 6'3". I'm 6'2" and ride a 60 which I sometimes feel is a little smallish for me.
minor suggestionsDougSloan
May 6, 2002 3:10 PM
For training, first thing I'd do is mix it up a little or you'll get burned out. Do some group rides, hill rides, heck, maybe even some sprints now and then. Do some longer, some shorter. Vary your route. Basically, I'd just keep it fun for the first year, but progressively push yourself a little more.

Pick a goal maybe 3-6 months out and work toward that -- maybe a metric century (62 miles) or a century.

I was riding a road bike at 5 years old. I don't see any reason to wait.

"I'd just keep it fun for the first year"Ahimsa
May 6, 2002 4:21 PM
Yep. I agree wholeheartedly.

Just ride the bike. All the time.

Do the organized rides if you like, but stick to just getting the fundamentals down first and getting your legs back for now. Training can wait for awhile.

I'd ride alot, and read alot. If I could start all over again, I'd like it if my knowledge of bikes and biking were equal in progress with my actual "on bike time".

Get some books and learn to work on the bike. Use the net to get bike info.


"I'd just keep it fun for the first year"Ravik
May 6, 2002 6:52 PM
That's great info from each of you - thanks.
I've been wandering through the web site and am
really impressed by the tone of the site -
it's not always easy getting back into something
you love - especially in public!
You all have made it a lot nicer.
Again, thanks.
About the sizing thing...Me Dot Org
May 6, 2002 7:19 PM
I rode a Bianchi Veloce 59cm and I'm 6 feet (Actually 5'11.75") Unless you have a very unusual torso/arm/leg ratio, I'd say that frame sounds a little small, especially a steel frame for a 260 pounder.

I'd look at a bigger frame, and I wouldn't discount an aluminum ride. Aluminum has a reputation as being harsh, but bigger riders seem to get a better ride and can use the stiffness.

I'd also take a look at the Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel. This book will help you set goals and get a better idea of where you (here's a link to Amazon but buy it wherever you want):