Cycling for beginner

  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 02, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    I am planning to take up cycling. I planned to do long distance cycling from city to city , probably country to country someday. But first I have to get started. Any advise for me...
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    Mar 03, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    Keep your bike up.
    Yoga
    Drink lots of water before and during
    Clean your chain and oil it again
    Plain a route
    Plain a resting point
    Obey traffic rules
    and if you are making a 2-3 day trip either have support to meet you at a hotel or mail items to those hotels before you go.
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    Mar 03, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    Carbs carbs carbs


    and more carbs
  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    Tq Guys,

    Just fixed my old bicycle. Pump some air , and go riding. I sure need a lot of cardio to takle hill and familiarize myself to cycling again. I plan to do this every nite before I go to sleep.

    Some future plan:

    1. A ride to a nearby town about 20km away and back
    2. A mini triatlon with running, swimming and cycling
    3. Joining some cyclist club
    4. Get myself a proper cycling attire, the one Luther is wearing look nice

    zak
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    If it's at all possible, try bicycle commuting to your job one or more days a week. It's a great way to get some seat time and prepare for longer inter-city rides. If this doesn't work, try to end your workouts w/ a 15 minute ride on the stationary. It's relaxing and a great way to keep up your cardio routine. You can also read/do whatever while you ride, unlike on the street.
  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    David,

    Unfortunately not possible(it have enter my mind though). I have to carry my laptop and a briefcase. The traffic is to heavy and I live 24 km away. Great idea about the stationery bike. I do have those and I like to cycle while watching cable TV.
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    Mar 03, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    Do leg presses and squats to build your legs into cycling shape. I'm sure other RJ'ers know some great exercises... Training on hills will give you the stamina to conquer longer distances that are flat. Learn road bike safety signs and the rules of the road.
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    Mar 05, 2009 11:53 AM GMT
    drewrx saidDo leg presses and squats to build your legs into cycling shape. I'm sure other RJ'ers know some great exercises... Training on hills will give you the stamina to conquer longer distances that are flat. Learn road bike safety signs and the rules of the road.
    This is very important, because the hills and the condition of your bicycle has a huge effect in your performance.

    You can perform a lunge with nothing more than a chair.
    I do 10 second counts down then hold for 2 seconds and then 10 seconds up...repeat 4-6 times.

    Good luck and keep us informed.
    Luther
  • FredMG

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    Mar 09, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    zakariahzol saidDavid,

    Unfortunately not possible(it have enter my mind though). I have to carry my laptop and a briefcase. The traffic is to heavy and I live 24 km away. Great idea about the stationery bike. I do have those and I like to cycle while watching cable TV.


    back in my 'glory days' I'd commute 32km each way, into central London in an hour. Though I was like 25.

    Ortleib makes a great bike-brief case, and panniers for computers/inserts for computers so if you have a shower/locker combo near work this is an awesome option.

    As far as buying a bike, buy one that fits, and one that you like, getting a bike that's suited to the route, whether it be dirt, asphalt or concrete is also important.

    I've commuted on an early 90's mountain bike, road bikes and my current commuter is a folding bike with 50cm diameter wheels and I love it.

    Cheers from Bikevana, aka Portland Or.