I already do the spinning classes so my legs are still pretty strong in spite of my 3-month break from my bike. Now that the days are longer I can squeeze in an hour of riding here and there, instead of the weekends.
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55DREW, I had not heard of meetup.com before. Thanks for making me aware of it. I'm always looking for new outdoor stuff to try or do besides cycling (and maybe get in on a medium-paced group ride too - I'm a solo rider) and this looks like there may be some options for me in the future. :)
My boyfriend is the only person I know with a bike. In fact he bought just so he could ride the Tour de Pink with me, but due to scheduling conflicts we haven't had much chance to ride together so that's why I'm interested in a bike group.
The first bike group I tried recommended that new riders come on the first Saturday of the month so that's what I did, but they didn't really have anything built in for beginners (riding 13-15 mph). Luckily that day, a couple from the group had to cut their ride early that day so they rode with me the whole 30 miles. It was a grueling ride. August in Houston is no fun.
The next group I'm trying has several speed levels and I talked to one of the members who is also in my spin class and he assured me that there were several people riding in the slow group. Only thing is that their ride is 40 miles. Of course if I start now 40 miles will be much more agreeable in the Spring than 30 miles in August.
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My best advice is to take a friend and find a road with little traffic to start. Start with just a short ride and increase as your confidence builds. I envy you having bike trails close to home you can ride daily.
Before joining a bike club, make sure they do like Jim's and work with new riders. Nothing is more frustrating than having the pack run off and leave you.
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I can only speak of our bike club ... but do not rule outjoining a bike club. Ours have different nights where we ride and they cater to any level of biking. One night is geared for total newbies so they are taught the lingual and hand signals as well as riding in a group dynamic and goes from there.
Our Wed. night ride is where the most testosterone shows up;-) However, the pace ranges from 12-14 mph; 15-17 mph, 17-19 mph and 21+ mph (also known as the elite race pace group) The 17-19 mph will try and see how long they can hang with the big boys until we are dropped and then we re-group of what is left and start a pace line for home.
You will be amazed of how much you will learn and how fast you will become and how fast your bike handling skills will improve.
Basilic - I picked up mountain biking (more like trail riding here in Florida), about 10 years ago after a 20+ year bike hiatus, too. At that time I bought a used mountain bike, and since then I bought a second mountain bike and then a road bike a couple of years ago.
I'm sure you'll be back on the road in no time. Just wait for a day when the roads are clear and dry and take a short ride around the neighborhood. That's all you'll need to get you back into it.
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Welcome back to the road on 2 wheels. May I suggest that you check in your local area to see if there's a Meetup.com site that has a cycling group in it. There are several here in the Tampa area. For the most part they fill the void between the hard cycling clubs and individual riders with a group for social to somewhat faster rides. That or see if theres a good spinning setup there at your local YMCA or other gym.
Good luck at it.
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I started riding a bike again after a 20+ year hiatus. I bought myself a used road bike and put 340 miles on it in 2009, but have yet to take a ride in 2010 because of weather and scheduling. I have been riding mostly by myself on bike trails or parks. I'm not comfortable riding by myself on open road so I would like to eventually join a bike club so that I can increase my mileage but I'm intimidated. Right now I just need to get back on my bike. The weather is improving so there are no more excuses.
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