Help me Bike the right way.
July 22, 2010 10:56 PM Subscribe
Help me Bike the right way. I've recently gotten back into biking and am doing it in a way I never have before. I need pointers from people with experience.
posted by damiano99 to health & fitness (35 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Recently, I've taken up biking again. I used to do light mountain-biking (as in light trail rides and a few 3 mile scree hills, nothing heavy.) I pulled my old mtb out and started going for distance in a cardio bid to drop some marriage pounds I put on. I suddenly find that I really enjoy going for distance and just letting it all out till my entire body burns.
This is such a departure from my old biking experience I'm not sure if I'm growing the right way and heading the right direction or not.
Currently, I'm doing about 12-14 miles, 4 times a week usually at a steady clip between 11-13. All on a paved bike trail. My buddy says for that kind of riding I really need to switch to a roadbike. My goal is get to 20 miles a ride, 4 days a week and start doing some 30-40 mile rides on the weekends. I'm not looking to compete but I'm enjoying the changes in my body and I've found that I enjoy riding very much and I want to do it the right way.
Is a roadbike truly needed? Are my mileage goals unrealistic for someone in my amateur shoes? Speaking of shoes are clips, etc really beneficial or is it just for the pros? Are there certain standard milestones to look towards as markers in my progress? Do I have to wear the wierd jerseys? (Kidding.) Also, do I trust my bike computer at all? I'm using Cyclometer on the iPhone and it gives accurate stats on time/distance/speed but the calorie burn always seems a bit high (to me.) Am I really working that hard or is just being nice? I'm also open to any general info, anecdotes or "I've been there, dont do X" advice.
Currently, I'm 6-foot even and on the high side of the 200s but nothing that keeps me from being active, if that matters.