No one says you have to be "serious", or a commuter, or even that you have to ride in traffic in order to ENJOY it! Just have fun. The Saturday and Sunday morning rides sound perfect, and since you are keepin gup with spin classes, too, you will be able to go out and have fun when you hit the road.
Check and see if there are any bike paths, or converted railroad trails to ride so you have alternatives to early weekend rides that still avoid the traffic.
John's right about taking your time and enjoying it. In time you might find that some traffic isn't too bad. A lot also depends on how the road is set up how you should ride. Just take your time and maybe find someone who is comfortable on the roads and maybe they can give you some tips. Either way find what makes you comfortable and shoot for your goals. Good luck.
Thanks for the welcome. I don't think I'll ever be a "serious" cyclist. I get too nervous in traffic. I rode to work once this summer but left at 7am to avoid the traffic. It was pretty nerveracking riding home at 3:30 even though I took the least travelled route.
I'm more of a casual rider - go for rides through the park on the weekend and on paved trails in the city. I might be less scared to ride to work if my city had better bike paths/lanes but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
You two really sound like you have the right idea. Take your time and get your bearings before you take on too much. When you feel like you are ready for the next step jump on in and listen to your body. Your body will tell you when something is wrong. Don't feel afraid to cut back if something doesn't feel right. This team is full of great people. Feel free to ask anybody a question or make a post. Pretty much everyone will be willing to add some help if you just ask.
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I am new to bicycling, just bought my bike 6 weeks ago. To get used to riding I rode to a deserted parking lot and rode around, making turns and such until I felt confident and built muscles and stamina. Saturday I took my first ride with an experienced rider and was delighted to be able to keep pace. Practice makes riding lots of fun. Enjoy!
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Hi, Just joined this morning. I bought a bike about 3 years ago, used it a bit that summer then had to put the bike in storage for awhile. Now this summer I've been trying to get out more. It's harder because of where we're living now - I'm scared of too much traffic, but for the last few weeks I've been going for a ride every Sunday morning. I'm planning to go this Saturday too.
I like going early in the morning on the weekend as it feels like I have to city to myself more or less.
I also go to spinning class once or twice a week at my gym.
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