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Stumped,Advice needed.(3 posts)

Stumped,Advice needed.flyinbowlofmilk
May 12, 2002 4:47 PM
Hi! I have been road riding since Oct '00 . And I have brought a true road bike in April of 2001. Just started road racing after building up base mileage last winter. So here comes the stumped part. I have a friend(co-worker) who has just reccently purchase a road bike in the winter of 2001. And he has just started riding his new road bike this year. He has asked me alot of questions which I have answered. But I feel like he need to get the feel of riding with groups and other skills that I have acquired over my 2 years of road riding. I am still learning bike handling skills myself. But he seem to be worried about getting up to speed and riding more often. He thinks this is why he was just good enough to finish the ride today. I tried to tell him that I started of just like him,and that it will come when his body gets use to it. What type of advice should I give him? This is in consideration that he may want to do a 2 day weekend tour this year.
Tell him...hayaku
May 12, 2002 7:03 PM
Tell him to go hard. But also I'd suggest buying a book that has training advice, bike handling drills, nutritional information, etc. I saw one on Amazon.com that looked pretty good, unfortunately I can't remember the name. Have a look though, I'm sure you will find something of assistance.
re: Stumped,Advice needed.Chaz_cycles
May 13, 2002 7:00 PM
Just let him ride. I was the same way bought my first road bike in 96 and was doing centuries and did a self-contained solo tour of the UK(End to End) 1100 miles in 11 days. It seems to be the only way some people learn is do it. When I finished, I learned more in those 11 days then my year of riding before that. He may find that it is way too fast or may suprise you and do fine. Also I think you should steer him to a good local bike club you can learn a good deal there.