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Welcome to our SparkTeam and the wonderful world of cycling!
Your best bet in getting ready for a longer trip is to build consistency in getting out on your bike and over time pushing yourself just a little further than the last time or tackling a little more hills.
Here are a few videos / links you might find helpful:
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!! :-)
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I am new to the forum and fairly new to Spark People in general (Been usiung the app since January). I recently got an OLD mountain bike (Trex Singletrak 880 - Early 80's model I believe). I have NEVER ridden a bike for any amount of time in my life. I grew up in the San Bernardino mountains with nothing but steep hilly windy roads (Not the safest place for a kid to ride a bike.) I think in my whole life (before this month) I had logged a total of maybe 20 miles on an old pedal backward to stop kids bike. I know the one I have is not the latest and greatest but I wasn't sure I could even get into riding. Well, that brings us to today!! I have really begun to like riding it and have set a goal for myslef to ride in a 10 mile tour around Lake Arrowhead the end of August. Now to some of you that sounds like a piece of cake I am sure but for someone that has never really ridden, it is a big goal. It will be on paved roads but with moderately steep hills and turns. Yesterday I rode 4.5 miles on a fairly flat road which is an improvment from the day before's 2ish miles and thinking I was gonna die!!
Now the reason for my post... I have a couple questions for some of you more experienced people...
1. Which gear should I be using to climb hills? I have 3 up front and 8 in the rear. Since I bought the bike at a yard sale I do not have any of the manuals and can not seem to find one online.
2. What is a good training schedule to get ready for the ride? How will I know I am ready?
3. Anyone from the Lake Arrowhead/Crestline area know of any good (not so hilly)places to ride. I'm gettting bored riding the same 1 mile loop around my house. I know I need to do the hills but I need to build the leg strength and learn how the gears work before I get too crazy.
4. When I was looking around on here earlier I had seen a link to a you-tube video that talked about the gears and I wanted to re-watch it but can't find the link anymore. Can anyone redirect me to the right place??
Any other tips for a new biker would be greatly appreciated!!