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Date: 2/27/13 8:47 AM

I rode a bike as a kid and figure my last ride was maybe 50 years ago! But I got a bike about a month ago and have learned a lot. Its a lot like sewing machines...you buy vintage over cheap new if you want a nice ride without spending a grand. So that's what i did and my first hill was a real wake-up call. it wasn't even a hill...more of an incline. HORRIFIC. i wasn't expecting it to be a cardio work-out. Once i learned how far FAR gone i had become, i was even more determined to stay with it. I'd like to know if there are any others here who ride and can tell me how long it takes to get your muscles back and if you ever do...also I would love recs on a good SEAT!! Wood is softer than my bicycle seat!

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Date: 2/27/13 8:54 AM

I have a gel seat on mine, it's specifically made for women, and is a little wider than a standard seat. But, even with that, the first couple rides of th season cause some aches...but you get used to it.

If you have a smartphone, check out the app "MapMyRide", you can record your rides and it will give you distance, elevation, speed...all sorts of information you can then use to challenge yourself.

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Date: 2/27/13 10:30 AM

DH is the cyclist in this family -- I'm still hoping that my fitness routine and my weight loss will allow me to improve my balance enough to get on one again soon. Tried last summer and still not there yet. Will try again this year.

DH will only use a gel seat -- he says he wouldn't have any other. He also recommends to everyone starting out to get your bike "fitted" for you -- it's definitely worth it to avoid unnecessary aches and pains and to help you enjoy your riding. He is itching to get back on the road -- way too much snow this winter to even think of doing winter riding.

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Date: 2/27/13 10:39 AM

I grew up in Germany where riding bicycles is a time- and bike path-honored means of transportation. In keeping with that tradition, I ride my bike to work whenever I can, which isn't very often due to the hot, sticky Arkansas weather and the business dress code, or for fun (think rides along the river on a Sunday morning). I don't ride it for exercise per se.

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Date: 2/27/13 11:09 AM

Hi,
Like you, I've been back on the bike seriously since last year Feb. Hubby & I rode totaled of 4,000 miles end of Dec. and we love it. We didn't planned to ride that many miles, we just ride at every opportunity arises, yes, hills and all and they're real hills. Now that's a workout. I have a firm seat but I think the real deal is to get a pair of padded bike shorts, even the cheapies are good. Don't be discouraged if you feel sore after you have riden a few times, it's going to happen. You just have to get pass it. Then you'll enjoy riding. The leg muscle will build up slowly. Just enjoy the ride and being outdoor makes you feel great. I always have the leg muscles due to many years of dancing so in the part, it was natural & easy for me to ride. At the very beginning, I thought 5 miles was plenty but we go farther and farther each time. It's very addictive.

Also, having a bike that fits you helps a great deal. I have the type of bike that lets me seat up right. I'm 5'2" and my bike size is small and hubby's bike is large since he's 6ft. when I ride for miles, I don't get tired and my back don't hurt at all.

Being in Ohio, it's pretty cool right now, we managed to ride close to 200 miles since New Year.

I hope you keep riding just for the fun of it.

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Date: 2/27/13 11:40 AM

DH and I too bought new bikes a couple of years ago. We don't ride as much as I'd like, but we take them with us everytime we go camping.
I also recommend the gel seats, and going to a dedicated cycle store as they will know how to fit you to the bike, or adjust. I also recommend bringing the bike back in after 3 or 4 months for adjusting, and then yearly after that.

YES about the hills!! I had no idea! Even walking 30 minutes on a flat treadmill daily doesn't prepare you for that.

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Date: 2/27/13 11:58 AM

Oh, LOL... I go through this every spring. You will be AMAZED at how fast you'll build up. The first time out, even a mile will seem like a big bike ride. But you will slowly build up until hit 6. 6 seems to be a magic number, because you will rapidly rise from 6 to 20, and then pretty soon 6 miles seem like too short a distance to get the car out of the garage. And speed is an amazing thing, too! When I started, I would hear people going 20-25 miles per hour, and I thought that was impossible. But it's really attainable. If you draw a 6 mile radius around your house and realize you will be able to travel 15 mph comfortably, the whole world opens up to you. It's like nothing to hop on your bike. I have gone weeks without taking my car out of the garage.


Go to Bikeforums.com and pick a beginning area. A good place to get motivation is the Clydesdales thread, for people who are overweight and trying to find comfortable equipment and build up their miles. You will be impressed by how fast everyone builds up stamina. They are great over there.

PS: Plus, they will help you get your bike fitted there. Even a half inch off can mean lots of aches and pains.
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Date: 2/27/13 12:02 PM

I am going to be taking up bike riding again this spring, and I am pretty sure I am out of shape. We walk a lot here, but the cardio is a little lacking. But I did hear on the radio the other day that walking on a regular basis is really good for us, as opposed to heavy duty workout sessions, so I feel good about that. And we have some good chats as we walk around the neighborhood together, catching up on the week.
It rains quite a bit here, but that isn't the thing stopping me from getting out on the bike to ride to do my errands. We have to get out no matter what the rain is doing, otherwise we might not go out at all! So for me it is just making the effort, and once I start again, I hope my leg muscles will get stronger, and I won't feel like fainting on the inclines!!!
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Date: 2/27/13 12:24 PM

I will be picking up a gel seat made for women TODAY! i don't believe walmart/target have seats designed for women. I started out with a really HANDSOME schwinn cruiser and found out immediately it was self-defeating to ride such a heavy bike. So i bailed out of that and got a vintage 10-speed that is probaby 47 years old but is MUCH easier to ride. But "easier" does not translate to "easy" by a long shot. Agree..the treadmill is not the same. I can go for much longer on the treadmill than i can the bike! i love this mapmyride app and will be getting that too bc its hard to judge distance. My knees were bothering me w/ the heavy schwinn but not so much now w/ the 10-speed. I'm encouraged to know that this can get better and i might be doing 6 miles effortlessly one day soon! right now i try to avoid hills but when thats not possible i will ride as far as i can and then i'm not too proud to hop off and walk it but the other day I made it up an incline without walking. this is just a mild incline but when you're new to riding, your leg muscles will BURN literally and then when you step off, they might not even hold you up for a second or two!
What about the shoes with cleats? i'm not ready for that yet but do they help?

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Date: 2/27/13 1:04 PM

A couple years ago I got a bicycle for my birthday. I hadn't ridden one in quite a few years. I live about 5 miles from the ocean so I got a beach cruiser that I could ride along the beach and the bay in San Diego. I live in an all male household (husband and 2 sons and 1 male cat) so I decided that I wanted to "girly" looking one. So, I got Phat Daisy Beach Cruiser in yellow. I also ride it around my neighborhood which is hilly. Much easier to ride it down by the beach
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