Good to have you here! Don't worry about speed right now. Make sure your position is good. Work on cycling form and turning efficient. Get your base miles in and don't get injured. It will all pay off in fall as you fly down the road with your good legs. Watch Heart Rate and RPM as well as time in the saddle, don't worry about speed or distance. It will come.
it also depends on the type of bike you have-a road bike is usually lighter wt with skinny smooth tires for less friction and more speed and often weighs 19-25#, you will be able to go faster on this type of bike vs a hybrid which is heavier and has wider tires with a little bit of tread, to a mtb which is lots of tread and often has suspension and weighs more. terrian will also have an effect. smooth flat roads vs hilly terrian. i also recommend that you have your bike looked at by a bike shop, and make sure it is set up for you, if your seat is too low your knees will come way you and you may get tired legs and knee pain, too high and you may be reaching far for those pedals and having other pains in the seat area. there are lots of variables..... good luck to you.
All the advice has been great about checking the safety and smooth running of your bike... tune-up
Bike shorts, if you don't own any will add to your comfort and how long you can "sit" on your saddle.
The advice about not trying to add more than 10% to your work-out load is good advice. Work on extending your distance and don't worry about speed. Speed will come along with the more miles you ride. Most of all... have FUN!
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Since you are new to riding forget about speed for now and just enjoy the ride. Buy a map and everyday ride a little further and try different routes to return. When you begin to spend 2+ hrs.on your bicycle you will slowly develop leg strength and with it speed.
I agree with the tune up and getting yourself some comfortable bike shorts for longer rides and then connecting with a group. Most community riding groups have one that handles beginners. We have 2 groups on different nights plus a Sunday morning ride and we make a point to ensure that newbies never ride alone. It's dangerous and not very motivating.
Keep practicing, join a group and soon you'll be upgrading your bike and mentoring a newbie too! Take care, I have some bike tips on my recent blog if you want to check with them out.
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Welcome to the team, and congrats on your weight loss so far. I suggest you start with a good tune up for your bike to make sure there are no problems with it. Then just ride. Learn to shift and spin your legs instead of pushing hard on the pedals, clipless will also help (when you are ready for them). After that it is just ride, ride, ride. DH and I average 14-15 on our tandem rides and keep up quite nicely on rides.
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Hey Everyone! I've read through some of the other newbies posts to get some suggestions and through the forum a bit.
I joined SP 2/1/10, and have lost 29lbs so far. I always liked riding my bike as a kid, and a few years ago had my husband buy me a bike for my birthday. However it wasn't with any serious intentions, so its nothing advanced. Now that I am on a weight loss mission, I am incorporating the bike as well.
I am finding that I am only averaging 8mph or so with my rides, and am topping out around 3miles for the past 2 weeks. Any tips? Keep pushing at it until I feel comfortable to go more?
There is a 10 mile diabetes ride June 5 and then a 30K September 4th that I would love to strive for, however they are just in the back of my mind helping push me. Right now I am no where near ready.
I was hoping to increase by .5 or 1 mile each week, but I read 10% a week in the other suggestions so far, correct? I guess I'm setting my expectations too high!
I tried to look into bike clubs in my area so far (southeast Michigan) and it seems for "beginners" they expect 12-15mph, and I dont think I'm anywhere near that yet.
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