Biking can put the calf muslcle in different positions than walking. Many times when you get up out of the saddle to go up a hill - you will find yourself cycling like you are standing on your tip-toes - which if your body is not use to it would hurt and possibly cramp. Hmm...or if your saddle is too high it would put your leg/calf in the same position and cause the pain/cramping for the entire ride. Yes - take your bike in for a good bike fit :)
Double check the settings on your bike, if possible check with your local bike shop on a bike fitting. Saddle height could be a factor. Or just possibly your body is getting accustomed to moving in ways it hasn't in a while.
I'm heavier but have never had a problem with calves even at the outset of resuming cycling a few years back. But hey, we all have unique bodies, right? :-)
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Don't give up! Start cycling a little at a time, saving the hills for later. Up the street, then back & forth, then around the block, etc. Just try to ride a little farther or a little longer each time. Calf pain may also be from incorrect seat height (very important!), maybe check with your local bike shop about that (take your bike with you). Have faith, be patient with yourself, and keep at it - you'll riding all over in no time!
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Maybe your bike is mad at you. Time for new handlebar tape?
My best guess is generic sports injury advice: Quit doing the activity. Lots of ice, a little bit of heat. Take some arnica montana or ibuprofen. And given that it takes weeks of pain to force me off the bike, I'm the last person on the planet you should take advice from.
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