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4/16/11 11:26 P

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Sounds like a new road bike on the horizon...woo hoo!

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4/16/11 10:35 P

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My bike is slow. It's a comfort bike, and I'm working pretty hard to do 13-14mph on flat roads. Spin up a hill? Forget it.

I'm looking at new bikes, though, then watch out! I'll be on my way!!!


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The bike makes a huge difference. I ride a lot faster (even though it's still pretty slow) with my road bike. I also have a hybrid.

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I'm from Oklahoma and an interested in getting better at cycling also. I have been spinning for approx. 3 years- generally 5 days a week. I have been riding on and off over the years but have gotten more into it these last couple of years. I ride several times a month- anywhere from 20-40 miles. I just finished a 33 mile ride last weekend. I felt great and enjoyed every minute but I seem to be slow. I finished in 2 1/2 hours with a 5- 10 minute rest stop in the middle. I am wondering if I am just slow or if the quality of bike you have makes that much of a difference. I have a very cheap hybrid road bike that I have ridden for the past 2 years. Could that be part of it or is it probably just slow me? Would like your thoughts and advice. Thanks! emoticon

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I do drive my bike to join a group. I guess I just felt lucky to have found a great group only a half hour drive away. I am no where near strong enough to ride the 26 miles then do the ride with the group and cycle back home but there are a few on the group who easily can.

More rain and wind here. I am so tired of rain and wind. I will never get faster if I can't get out there.

"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."

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4/13/11 10:13 P

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Great to get out by oneself TOO...I love having a choice. Sometimes the rides start too far away for me to ride my bike to the start and being averse to driving my bike somewhere to ride it I'll often pass on rides that involve driving to a starting location. My favs are the ones I can begin right out the front door of my home. Although there are always exceptions, somehow it just seems to me to go against what cycling is all about to be driving someplace to cycle.

So on a weekend when the scheduled rides don't suit my fancy I'll strike out on my own and have fun exploring some new route or maybe stick with a tried & true. Choices: love 'em! :-)

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4/13/11 10:04 P

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...and i made money one time when that happened to me. I was going up a big hill on RAGBRAI and working really hard. My 2 team mates took off up the hill, and that is the way it always is, no one can slow down on a hill, you waste too much energy. You would think when we were riding for 80 miles that day that they would slow down and wait up at the top of the hill. But i knew those guys, they just took off. I'm a big Oh-Io fan and a lady from Michigan was heading up that hill alongside of me. She told me she was sure they would wait for me at the top- bet me 50 bucks on it. ( i won the money-just let her buy me a beer) The fun part... it was about 18 more miles to the next town from the top of the hill. When i got to the top the Navy biking team came riding along, about 30 of them. They let me jump on their line and i zoomed onto the town and was waiting when my team mates got into town.

You do have to know who you're riding with, i agree. Especially when you are new to a longer ride or a new route it matters to have someone close by you can trust. Laying down your bike, having an encounter with a dog, ( been there) if you're alone is less than a good time. :)

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4/13/11 8:48 P

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Good report Carolyn!
It is great to see others that can be motivated on their own.
Nothing wrong with groups, and I REALLY support the buddy system. That keeps everyone accountable, and the chances of success skyrocket.
But I'm like you. Very little time available and I need to take advantage of every opportunity to exercise.

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4/13/11 6:52 P

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Don - you have a good club. The ONE time I rode with a group, it was designated as a newbie ride, about 20 miles. I got dropped less than halfway out and no one ever came back to check on me. Turns out I was the only "new" person in the group, as everyone else buddied up and was gone. I turned around and went back to my car after I lost sight of them. I decided no more group rides for me. It's not worth my time to get up at 5:00 a.m. and drive 30 minutes to ride with a bunch of people who, while friendly enough, pretty much forgot about the newbie after they got going. I would rather get another 1.5 hours of sleep and ride by myself in my own quiet suburban neighborhood.

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4/13/11 1:44 P

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Lots of tips from your buddies. Mine would be- spin to win! Be ready to get into the next gear before you need it on at hill and keep spinning as best you can instead of letting the hill take you to a crawl. Some big hills will do that anyway of course. But you'll have more energy when you get to the top if you're spinning up.

Fall in love with the challenge of the hill, knowing IT WILL END. Unlike the wind, which never quits, a hill finally be over.

OVER- don't quite until you reach the summit of the hill. Most people quit on the hill too early. Keep going that last bit.

I used to hate hills, now i love 'em. I want to attack and see how well i can do this time. If not so well today, i'll come back at it again, and my legs will be stronger the next time. Good luck, have a great season. :)

It's amazing how how we often can exert some control over an otherwise chaotic life one pedal stroke at a time. - Lou Mazzante

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Hi OP! I'm in Alameda and ride through Berkeley almost everyday. We are sort of stuck on this side of the hills until we get stronger that's for sure. I second joining a cycling team - I'm sure Berkeley has one. Another good resource is the East Bay Cycling Coalition (EBCC).

If you want to get out of this area, then I recommend the Iron Horse Trail further inland. You can take BART out and have a great, pretty flat ride. I think it is about 26 miles from the Pleasant Hill/Concord BART stops to Dublin/Pleasanton.

Here is a link to the Team Alameda cycling club: http://www.teamalameda.com/. They have ride routes posted from all over, organized by distance and skill level.

Lastly, May 12 is Bike to Work day! The EBCC has more info but it is a great day for the cycling community here with a big breakfast and coffee/rest stops all over the East Bay. I hope you take part!

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4/13/11 10:14 A

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Hey, just posted some hill climbing tips...! Must have read your mind as I hadn't seen your post beforehand...lol!

Just keep at it, cycle all you can, vary your ride, tackle different routes.

Also, check with your club, but if it's anything like MY club you will find them SO ACCEPTING of cyclists of ALL capabilities!

Speedsters like me race to the fore, but patiently wait for others at the significant turns or changes in the route. Or sometimes I'll see them double back to join slower cyclists in re-treading the same ground.

Also our ride leaders ALWAYS insure that either they or a designee remain behind the last cyclist so that there is always a safeguard to be sure we all reach our destination and have assistance should it be needed (flats, etc.).

Different cycling clubs may take a less patient approach, but if you consider this I would suggest being up front with questions to the members about the speed of the ride and how accepting they are of slower cyclists.

Additionally our club has a "grading" system for our rides:

RIDE CATEGORIES / SPEED & TERRAIN
Speed rating (pace on level ground):
AA: Over 22 mph
A: 19-22 mph Advanced pace with few stops.
B: 16-19 mph Vigorous pace with occasional stops.
C: 13-16 mph Steady pace, rest stops every hour.
D: 10-13 mph Sightseeing pace, semi-frequent stops at key
points to wait for riders.
E: Under 10 mph Relaxed pace, frequent stops to wait for everyone.
MBR: Mountain Bike Ride

Terrain
1.Multiple long and/or steep climbs. 3. Rolling with some hills.
2.Multiple and/or large hills. 4. Generally flat or rolling.
Ride Rating Example:
D/4/30 10-13 mph over flat terrain, 30 miles.

So one is forewarned if a ride is going to challenging with either speed or hills and the # of miles is spelled out as well.

I mostly go for the "C" rides, but occasionally will push myself with a "B" ride and have found even though I may be the slowest of the riders they were very kind, patient and waited for me at each significant turn.

Hope you can think about joining a club...it's a great way to meet like-minded souls!

Here's a link to our latest club newsletter:

www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/imag
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We have nicknamed hills "opportunities". When we re on a new route we always grade the opportunities as little to huge.

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Spin class is a great way to improve your conditioning.
Cross training, including strength training will also show great benefits.
I suggest that you take it all with patience though. Don't burn out by trying to do too much too soon. I really like the idea of joining a bike club for group rides.
As far as riding fast, as mentioned, get a good base, then ride faster....
The saying goes "if you want to ride faster, ride faster. If you want to ride further, ride further".
This goes for hills as well.
Where I live, hills are part of EVERY ride. No way around it. My mantra is "I love hills".
Much of this is attitude - instead of hating the hills, embrace them.

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4/12/11 11:46 P

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Thank you for the advice. I have the same problem too but am just doing them to get better at them (sigh)

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Spinning is a great start. When I started I tried to go a little farther each time I rode. When I got to what I considered a reasonable distance (daily rides are 15-30 miles) I started working on getting faster. Had to learn to gear so I can spin up the hills and not wear out my legs.

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Find a bike club that has several levels. Ride with the easiest level and as soon as you feel like it is not hard anymore move up a level. Really the secret is to ride up hills more than you want to. Only way to get better is to keep doing it.

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Berkeley is a very bike oriented community and I would really like to take advantage of all the social rides and great mountain biking trails in this area. However as much as I like to ride my bike, I'm not very good at it. I can't maintain on an uphill gradient for very long and I'm totally worthless at climbing real hills. Can anyone recommend how I can train with the goal of being able to have the strength to climb and the endurance to last? Would strength training help with my cycling at all? I've also started going to spin classes which totally kick my butt.

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