FlacVest wrote:LegendLust wrote:neeb wrote:LegendLust wrote:neeb wrote:Don't even think about core strength exercises and gym work at your stage, just get out and ride as much as you can...
May I ask why?
Assuming that the OP is a complete beginner it's just going to be a distraction from the main objective of getting time on the bike and developing cycling strength, ability and fitness through actually cycling. Any gains to be made from doing anything else at that stage are going to be minuscule next to the really big gains to be made by just riding. It's a different story once you have reached a certain level and your rate of improvement is beginning to flatten out, but if you are starting from scratch the way to become better at riding a bike is just to get out and do it.
Of course core strength exercises etc. are a good thing for anyone to do and may help protect against back pain etc, but it's not doing to be the thing that lets you go from being able to maintain a 14mph average to an 18mph average.
True. But if a stronger core strength means the OP is more comfortable on the bike and as a result can ride longer distances with greater efficiency then this is a good thing and will speed up their cycling fitness and ultimately their speed. And doing core work doesn't have to detract from cycling time - I do my core/weight work during work lunchtimes.
I agree; if you're starting out, and you want to become somewhat aerodynamic in the drops or hooks, you'll use muscles in your lower back as well that you aren't normally using; I remember the first month or two on my bike being hell for a week or so, simply due to my lower back not having developed the muscles for stabilization.
My stem is flipped and lowered, so I have a noticeable drop from the saddle; now I'm comfortably spending 30% of my time in the drops, 10% on the TT bars, and 60% on the hoods.
You have a flipped stem & TT bars on your road bike? WOW you must be a serious cyclist.