The thing about biking is ... no matter what your skill level, beginner, return biker, solo rider or group biker ... its all good!
I agree with everything the others have said too ... esp about finding a good local bike shop and taking some of the free classes they give. Not only do you learn more about your bike and biking ... but you can make some pretty good friends too!
Woohoo on getting on the wheels!
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Fitness Minutes: (16,879) Posts: 771 7/13/14 11:59 A
I would see if your local bike shop offers a beginner class or ride. And a maintenance class would be great so you could learn how to change a flat, tweak brakes and drivetrain. If your mTB is used it might need a new chain or tires depending on how many miles it had on it. A bike in well-maintained condition is so much easier to ride. Also learn about tire pressure as too much pressure in gravel can result in a skid/loss of control. Likewise too little pressure means too much work if on pavement. Be sure you also know how to do the fit adjustments on your bike. Just a 1/4 inch off here and there can place too much pressure on hands, knees or back. Tweaking your bike "just so" makes the ride that much more comfortable and efficient.
Find nice easy places to ride your new mountain bike. I hope there are some nicely prepared crushed gravel or concrete paths where you live. Mountain bikes are versatile. I see a lot of commuters riding mountain bikes simply because mountain bikes are durable and can handle rough pavement.
There are trails that are often referred to a "single-track". These are generally unmaintained narrow trails that range from flat and smooth, to rocky monsters that I tend to refer to as the "Jaws of Death"
On hard surfaces, mountain bikes are not as efficient as purpose-made road bikes. The heavy knobby tires have a lot of rolling resistance. The geometry of most mountain bikes make the bikes more maneuverable but less stable.
One bonus is that mountain bikes have lower gears and climb easier than most road bikes.
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Fitness Minutes: (62,279) Posts: 1,098 7/11/14 6:41 P
Last night I took a newbie on a ride at dusk. Put the lights on and went down a trail around dark. We didn't need lights on the open road as it was still light but the wooded areas get dark fast.
I ride a 28 width tires with road bike I had and they had 32 with a new Trek FX 3.0. The trail was crushed but some slippery spots of mud from rain. Some is paved, overall fun. We were going pretty well and you had to stay in an area about 10" wide to keep from sliding in the mud. They said they didn't feel they went too fast. I said, you did great and didn't fall or have fear. It was a good ride.
I've been taking newbies in parking lots and using sponges to practice riding around and jumping or avoiding like road hazards.
Zinger, Congratulations on taking charge of your life! Great to hear that. For now, just enjoy. This is a great forum for advice and ideas. As soon as possible make sure the saddle height and position are correct. Learn to check your bike before you start out. Bob
Mountain biking is a great way to fitness. Take it slow and easy. I started out a few years ago at close to your age. Good instructors got me out and then I kept going to the trail, myself. My delight was meeting other women, who were close in age, who did the same. I've had my share of falls and am currently recuperating from a rib injury. It won't stop me, though, when I feel better I'll be back on the bike. Different trails offer different appeals to the rider and we have 4 great ones within an hour more or less. Mine is about 15 minutes from home. Enjoy.
Pounds lost: 27.0
Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 1 7/10/14 6:07 A
I have seen the bikers out and about and would like to emulate their fitness and stamina eventually. Just bought a second hand mountain bike. 58 and overweight. Love the outdoors and that feeling of having exercise. It all equates to overall happiness and health.
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