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CP - Teach Me About Cycling!!

Well, not really teach me...but lead me in the right direction.

I've been wanting to get into cycling for a while, and after my knee surgery it was recommended I don't run (when you remove ones meniscus, there's not padding and running is hard on the knees).

Anyway, bought an elliptical but that is boring. Inside, watching TV. Not for me.

I was able to get a new model Trek 1.2T from work, for just the cost of taxes (sweet!)...I haven't gotten it yet, but they've got my dimensions, are assembling it, and should be delivered mostly assembled within the next 7 days.

So...I don't really know where to start. Any good cycling forums, or resources I should read into on the do's and donts so I don't get him by a car my first time out?!?

Anyone with any good info would be cool!

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I'm pretty sure he will say something like "just throw down some miles down for now". . Oh and HTFU.

He's out of town doing a half ironman tri this weekend.
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I'm pretty sure he will say something like "just throw down some miles down for now". . Oh and HTFU.

He's out of town doing a half ironman tri this weekend.
Half Ironman? What is that, for babies?!?

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The CP training video should get you started.







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When you are just starting out all you have to do is pedal and take it easy. When I started that is all I did, there was no sweat or hard efforts involved. Before putting in long miles I got the cycling shoes/pedals and a pair of cheap shorts from performance bike in schaumburg. Learning to fuel for longer rides came after that.
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When you are just starting out all you have to do is pedal and take it easy. When I started that is all I did, there was no sweat or hard efforts involved. Before putting in long miles I got the cycling shoes/pedals and a pair of cheap shorts from performance bike in schaumburg. Learning to fuel for longer rides came after that.
Thanks. That's pretty much what I plan to do. Reading up a ton on some cycling forums now...but for the most part will start out just riding. I've got a loop around my neighborhood that I used to jog (1 mile, 2 miles, or 5 miles), and since it's all residential, will use that as my practice grounds before I touch any major streets.

Hoping I can turn this into a fun/healthy hobby that I'll enjoy doing...for the exercise only. I don't see me doing group rides, or racing, or anything other than using this to supplement my elliptical and hockey for cardio and leg workouts.

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The CP training video should get you started.


This basically sums up everything I'm reading on these forums. I know very little about this sport but know enough to know that this video is major WIN.

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The bike came in today...and after some quick assembly...she's good to go. Looking forward to getting her home and getting a good ride in. I think we'll start with 2 miles today. See how I feel tomorrow morning!!

Anyone know if I really need to get cycling shoes...or will tennis shoes do just fine for now? I'm not trying to be a racer...just get some exercise in.

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shit it's easy. Be like me. Buy a bike and start riding with muffuckas who are way more experienced than you and then struggle to keep up for a year and than stop riding.

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shit it's easy. Be like me. Buy a bike and start riding with muffuckas who are way more experienced than you and then struggle to keep up for a year and than stop riding.
I don't know how I missed this thread! Chunk has it right. Shoot high, get beat down, then give up. It is easy.

Or follow Murcielago's advice. Or just HTFU and start riding. Your pain tolerance will limit your distance/intensity for quite a while. Just get those miles in.
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shit it's easy. Be like me. Buy a bike and start riding with muffuckas who are way more experienced than you and then struggle to keep up for a year and than stop riding.
Do you want to sell your bike?
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I'm selling it as soon as I build a 29er. Fuck that heavy ass suspension shit. Don't need it for Palos or Kettle.

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I'm selling it as soon as I build a 29er. Fuck that heavy ass suspension shit. Don't need it for Palos or Kettle.
Thanks, that's some good info to know. I'll use that when negotiating with the owner!

I'm interested in your full suspension bike so when it's time to sell let me know.
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Thanks, that's some good info to know. I'll use that when negotiating with the owner!

I'm interested in your full suspension bike so when it's time to sell let me know.
seriously? You want to switch to a heavy ass full suspension? I'll let you know

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Yeah, I'm serious! There's some great trails in San Antonio I plan to use the full suspension.
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The bike came in today...and after some quick assembly...she's good to go. Looking forward to getting her home and getting a good ride in. I think we'll start with 2 miles today. See how I feel tomorrow morning!!

Anyone know if I really need to get cycling shoes...or will tennis shoes do just fine for now? I'm not trying to be a racer...just get some exercise in.

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Nice bike. Hell, I'm a noob and I can tell you that I will laugh and point if you have tennis shoes on riding that bike!!!!!!
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1.7 miles and my butt/inner thigh hurt. Is that normal? Seat is terrible, or my body position is bad??

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1.7 miles and my butt/inner thigh hurt. Is that normal? Seat is terrible, or my body position is bad??
woah that's too short a distance for anything to hurt. I think I threw down 20 something miles the very first time I got on my bike at the lakefront and it wasn't even that bad.

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that seat looks painful, most important thing is to fit the bike, seat at proper height, i would raise the bars but someone in shape could probably use them where they are at now, buy a more comfy seat, stock seats on any bike under 2K$ are worth 5$ usually, and get shoes and pedals, go SPD so you can walk in them, plan on crashing at least twice since you dont know how to ride with said pedals, but it will be coming to a stop so it wont be too bad
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that frame looks very small too, are you a little guy?

and pull those damn wheel reflectors off
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1.7 miles? Are you sure the seat is still on? Do you have cycling shorts, AKA spandex? You need some.
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Bike looks great minus the reflectors, regular shoes are fine, you will definitely want cycling shorts/spandex. Performance in schaumburg has good sales.
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that's a dope ass bicycleto. shitcan all the reflectors like others have said.

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You might find something useful here: http://sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

If you don't have cycling shorts, until you get some, don't wear anything with a lot of seams, the seams are what get you, which is why you shouldn't wear underpants with cycling shorts either.

Make sure you're sitting on your sit bones on the back of the saddle, it could be that your seat doesn't fit your behind.

Otherwise, it will just take time to get used to it.

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woah that's too short a distance for anything to hurt. I think I threw down 20 something miles the very first time I got on my bike at the lakefront and it wasn't even that bad.
Yeah, hurt enough that when I tried to ride this morning it still hurt and made me not want to sit on the seat at all. The ride was nothing special, literally 1.7 at an easy pace, slight incline on one part, nothing major. Just riding around the block.

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that seat looks painful, most important thing is to fit the bike, seat at proper height, i would raise the bars but someone in shape could probably use them where they are at now, buy a more comfy seat, stock seats on any bike under 2K$ are worth 5$ usually, and get shoes and pedals, go SPD so you can walk in them, plan on crashing at least twice since you dont know how to ride with said pedals, but it will be coming to a stop so it wont be too bad
That seat IS painful! I took the toe strap things off the pedals. Is that a no-no? I'm not planning on doing any MAJOR riding, for now anyway...and riding around the block a few times didn't seem to warrant needing them.

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that frame looks very small too, are you a little guy?

and pull those damn wheel reflectors off
Not a little guy but not huge. 5'9". Pretty standard I think. The place that assembles the bike has you fill out a sizing chart, then they assemble, test, then ship the bike...so I'm assuming the frame is the correct size for me.

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