Just Started Cycling Again

Vodoun daVinci

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Used to live on a bicycle when I was a kid....back when 12-18 year olds could deliver newspapers for money. That was 45 years ago. A coworker recently took up cycling during his lunch time at work (we are minutes from a bike path) and ended up losing 60 pounds and looks like a million $. He invited me to join him so I dragged a ancient 18 speed out from our storage and cleaned her up. Started riding again a few days ago and have become addicted in 5 rides.

I'm 63 and after the first ride I couldn't walk up my stairs. Last night I'm up to 3 miles in 15ish minutes. So sore today (good sore - DOMS) I may have to skip my ride today to appease my Wife who is concerned I'll hurt myself.

I have no idea how I lived the last 45 years without riding but I'm certain I'll be riding on a regular basis for the rest of my Life now. Holy shit, what a rush. Hats off to you guys who have been cycling for years. Yer my new heros,

VooDoo
 

diverdon

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Were they three very hilly miles? If not three miles should not make you that sore. You might benefit by making sure the bike is properly fit to you.
 
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Vodoun daVinci

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No doubt. The saddle is killing me...not really a difficult ride unless yer 63 and have not ridden in literally 45 years. Taking it slow but loving every minute of it. I priced better tires as the ones I have are super knobby mud tires and the local Dude at the Cycle Store told me not to waste my money on such rusted wheels unless I was gonna replace them as well.

New saddle, new wheels, new tires and tubes and a good chunk towards a new bike. So it looks like a new bike in the next few weeks.

VooDoo
 
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hertz654

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Good for you; I bought a high-end, carbon fiber framed bike a few years back thinking it would reverse the aging process and help me defy gravity on the local climbs = didn't work!
 

Vodoun daVinci

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Nope. Gotta put my training time in....I'm a former martial artist and weight lifter that just wants to keep going as long as possible. At 63 I can still rock out 100 pushups *but* haven't been on a bike in 45 years.

Not the same skill/muscle set. I'll get there. But it probably won't be this week. In the mean time I *love* cycling and even if I can only run for 20 - 30 minutes and cover 6 miles I'll be thrilled. Hopefully I can progress beyond that as they are building a new bridge across the Mississippi River where I live and it will have a bike path to link two states together.

I'm hot to ride the river and make 20 miles at a ride but it'll take some training. I. Will. Do. It.

VooDoo
 

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Good for you and set reasonable goals for getting yourself in cycling shape. Rode my bicycle everywhere when I was a kid and got back into it in '91 when I was 36. 28 years later and still at it at 64. Raced for a number of years and now just do it for fitness. Took a spill last May and wound up with a displaced fracture of my femur which required surgery with plates, pins and screws installed. Back on the bike in 5 months and training for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in SW Colorado over Memorial Day.

Your butt is going to hurt for a week or two any time you lay off the bike for awhile. Get a good saddle and cycling shorts and your butt will thank you. To avoid injury get a good bike fit since poor fit can result in knee and back issues.
 
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Iam 20miles from the nearest Walmart...... And been looking at bikes on Craigslist.......
 

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Ever have questions let me know...ultra riding/bike packing is my thing first and foremost before rifles. Would be happy to chat!
 

Boostinmarc4

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Cycling is great for fitness and you can kill two birds by cycling to and from work depending on your circumstances.
 

Billl223

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I started cycling a little more seriously about 12 years ago. My usual ride is an out and back over hilly terrain, what's downhill out is uphill back. The total ride is about 10-1/2 miles and takes a little less than 45 minutes. I have a cheap monitor on the bike and try to increase my average MPH. I'm 74.
 
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canman

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I've been riding since August. I just turned 65 in January. I've got a Vilano TUONO off Amazon for $239.00 shipped. It aluminium off course and it's heavy ( 28 pounds) but for a beginner it's a good bike. I ride 40 to 50 miles every other day pretty consistent and will go over 2700 miles next ride. Next year I'm going to get a better bike but for what it is I'm still not able to out ride it. It has a freewheel not a cassette so on some downhills I run out of the gear, and on some climbs it's a bear the gearing is pretty wide but that's rare.
 
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If you have back problems (weight lifter) look into a more upright handlebar configuration. I jacked up my back years ago and that works wonders for me.