Hey all, did a ride yesterday of 8 miles and felt fine. I probably could have gone 10, but decided to call it quits as I was riding with a buddy who was tired. Wore the cannondale bib shorts, and still felt a pinch sore after the 40 mins. I'm just going to need some time to get used to sitting in the saddle for that long I guess.
Hi! Welcome! I'm trying to increase my distance too! What's helping me is cross training with some weight machine training, core work and swim workouts with the kick board -- nothing hard core, just enough to get that "tired but feel good" workout in between riding my bike. We belong to a gym which helps, but there are lots of home workouts on SP to give you some ideas.
Keep it up and let us know how you're progressing! :D
MLMAVERICK: Welcome to the Team. You received some great advice from some folks that have some real-world experience. I would like to add that you ought to increase your end of summer goal. Before you know it, you'll be biking 20 to 30 miles with a smile on your face. Go for it!!
Thanks for the warm welcome! I actually had the bike properly fitted for my size when I bought the thing. They took a fair amount of time to make sure everything was in proper order before they would let me leave with the bike, so things are great there. It's actually quite comfy to be in. I swapped out the saddle at the time of purchase as well. i'm alot more comfy in the saddle i have than the original, and I think the discomfort now is simply just not being used to being on a bike.
Lucked out on a shopping trip and stopped by an REI and found two pairs of bibs that actually did fit. A pair of Novara and a pair of Cannondale. The Cannondale pair is far and beyond my favorite. Will definitely need to pick some more up. Must have tried on 30 pairs and they were the only two that fit.
There are a number of ways to increase endurance; first is ride, ride and ride. I found doing intervals work the best. Find a hill near you and ride up it or part of the way. Try and make it as far as possible, turn around and ride back down repeat this as many times as possible. Next day, do it again, but go further up. But remember to mix it up, don't always climb,work on your sprints on the flats. All of this builds endurance.
As for shorts, Pearl Izumi makes a fairly large XL short and they have a great chaomis in them. Stay away from Voler, Sugoi and other European base clothes, because they are undersized for a lot of Americans.
Ditto on what the others have said. A good fitting goes a long way. And don't think, "Once fit, always fit." As you age, your body changes enough that you can expect to have to make minor and or mild adjustments. Also, at over 300 lbs., your body will definitely go through many, many changes so expect to be refit a few times.
As for your spandex question, they're actually bibs or bib shorts. Don't make the mistake of only getting spandex. Your buttocks will most assuredly appreciate your investment. I ride the older Sugoi RS bib shorts. Many people have their individual preferences but I have had great results from the Sugoi RS. Also, invest in some chamois cream. It'll help with the inherent rub and friction that comes with increased miles. The Assos line is nice, although a little pricey. The Utter Butter is highly recommended and far more affordable.
Make sure your saddle is the right saddle for you. I went through four different ones before I finally settled on my Fizik Arione which I later replaced with a Fizik Aliante.
As for increasing your miles, my only advice is ride, ride, ride. When I got my first ''real bike,'' I squeezed out 12 miles and my butt was killing me! Now I ride 50 with no discomfort at all. I've ridden several Centuries (100 miles) and try to ride a Metric (62.1 miles or 100 km) each time I ride. Practice literally does make perfect.
Ride safe! And welcome aboard.
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Welcome!! you'll find all the encouragement in the world from this group of folks. Sounds like you have a good plan for your first set of rides. Adding a couple more miles each week will get you quite a piece down the road by summer's end. :) i agree, make sure your bike is fit properly. You want your knees to be in the right place for example, or you won't be happy about how you feel and you'll want to quit. Your reach should be correct, your seat should be correct for your "sit bones". The first few times you ride you might be sore but your seat should soon feel like home. When i got my first road bike i just figured it would always hurt like all get out and that was just biking. WRoNG! Your Trek store should be all about making you comfortable on your bike. Happy cyclists come back and spend more money!! Ride on!
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Hi! I'm fairly new also, but the one tip I can offer is to make sure you're properly fitted for your bike. Find a shop that will look at you ride to make sure everything is in the right position. that makes an amazing difference to your endurance and comfortability!
Hey folks. Just joined the team, but been on Spark for about 10 months. I've always loved cycling, but never had the ability to buy and store a bike of my own. About a month ago, my exercise bike completely died on me. Convenient though, since I was moving to a bigger place that would enable me to actually have a bike and store. So, the week before memorial day rolled around, I made the jump into the cycling world and picked up a bike! Treated myself to a Trek 7.1 FX and began my journey!
Right now I'm riding about 5 miles a day on a mostly flat but with some hills bike path around town. My goal is to double that and get into 10 mile rides before the end of the summer.
Any tips on how to increase bike endurance? Normally by the end of the 5 miles, my quads are burning.
Also, whats with bike shorts manufacturers not accepting that large people ride bikes? Had to go to 7 different stores and try on 40 pairs of shorts before i finally found two pairs that I could squeeze my 300lb self into!
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