I got into cycling toward the end of the summer. I bought a mountain bike and after a month of riding it, I went shopping for a road bike. I was disappointed when I found that the price point for a decent road bike was around 800.
I tried the cheap ones and they don't fit very well since they are pretty much 1 size fits all and I'm 6'2".
I've been watching craigslist for a while now to find a good deal on a intermediate one and I'm going to test ride one later this week :)
cycling is a great way to get in shape and lose weight. I used to run a lot, but am over 50 now, so I stay in shape without the pounding to my joints that running causes. My resting heart rate is around 50 without medication and my recovery rate is outstanding, so I know it works. It gets a little boring in the winter indoors, but a spinning class helps with that. I am getting cold weather biking gear to wear so I can still be outside as much as possible this year. I ride 12 miles each way to work and it only takes 10 more minutes to pedal it than it does to drive it.
Rollers are great but you are correct; you have to get used to them to avoid performing "carpet sprints". The best way to get started is to set them up in a doorway or by a wall so that you can hold on to the door frame or wall to get started. Once you get a little more comfortable, set up the rollers between two couches that are facing each other. This way, if you fall off the rollers, you land on one of the couches.
When the weather is bad you might look into spinning classesat your local Y or fitness center. I love biking!
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Not only will the weight come off your stamina will go off the chart. My wife and I started in late July doing 4-5 miles a day. We are up to 12 miles a day three days a week and it's becoming addictive. Good luck and keep changing gears.......lol
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