I'm new to cycling, too. I started in October, but stopped about 2 weeks in when my personal trainer (an avid cyclist with multiple centuries, etc) was teaching me to ride on pretty busy, fast streets... and wiped out. He hit his head in the middle of the rode & thought he'd broken his hip. Thankfully, there were no cars behind us at the time! But, it sure scared me... & him! (He hasn't ridden since, but he will!)
So, now I've been sticking to my neighbohood. (After about 2 months off.) My favorite time to ride is Sunday morning (& Saturdays are good, too). I only see a few cars in an hour ride. It's just nice and quiet. And, I NEVER ride with music & just pay a LOT of attention to everything around me.
I did just find a local run/bike trail that I hope to try out. I think it is only a couple of miles, though. And, I'll probably be dodging runners. But, it'll be nice to have better 'scenery' than houses!
I wish you the best! Be careful, but have fun!!!
Dana, Half Fanatic #1693
Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles
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