How old are the newbies to road cycling?

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hannahk
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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby hannahk » Fri Mar 22, 2013 17:16 pm

Just turned 27.
Had a super cheap mountain bike at uni but not really sat on one since then. Had a bit of an impulse purchase and just bought myself a Specialized Allez Sport. Just about getting used to clipless pedals and trying not to die around the congested roads of southampton!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanREmery » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:47 am

Hello All

I'm 33, used to cycle a lot but between moving to Wales in 2007, new job, became a dad etc etc went many years without sitting on two wheels. Until I was persuaded to sign up for the BHF London to Brighton in 2011.

Started practicing with the 17 mile commute from my house into my office on my old battered mountain bike, then ended up buying a Cube Nature hybrid. Great bit of kit that is. After 3 months (and almost 700 miles) on that I completed my first L2B in about 4 and a half hours. Done L2B again last year in a smidge over 4 hours, and done the Brecon-Cardiff Bay (55 odd miles) Taff Challenge as my Stag Do last September as well.

This year, it's L2B again, a perfect warm up ride for the Prudential London-Surrey 100 in early August. Picked up my first road bike - Cube Agree GTC - yesterday. Terrifyingly different from the hybrid but the ride and acceleration is incredible! Just waiting for the temperature to creep above freezing point before taking it out again this morning.

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Edit - having taken the bike out for a quick 4 miles or so (gave up on waiting for temperature to rise above freezing) and having got used to clipping feet in and out of road pedals, I can honestly say that I'm madly in love! The bike is incredible, so smooth across the bumps and stupidly fast. I was matching my hybrid speeds despite having troubles with the gear levers so I was stuck in the granny ring on the front...

Want to ride it on the 17 mile commute into work, but I fear the route will be very icy tomorrow morning. Ice/Frost + new road bike = potential for a massive accident!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby nathaneddy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:27 am

36 here, mountain biker seeking new challenges upon a move to Norfolk. I'm average fitness but hope to improve. I like the social aspect of road riding too.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby GeoffW » Thu Mar 28, 2013 09:52 am

Hi,

53 yr old fat, unfit, asthmatic checking in here. I started cycling late 2011, just a cheap Halfords hybrid. It was fine for up and down the local cycle track. I then found I was going further afield so bought a Spesh Roubaix :D . Since Sept 2012 I've been commuting daily to work on the hybrid (10 miles door to door). I'm loving every second of it, and my only regret is that I didn't do this decades ago.

As a reward for my efforts I've dropped a stone and a half :) .

Geoff

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby manc_andy » Sat Mar 30, 2013 19:30 pm

hello,

28 for me.

I fancied getting a road bike after a few friends got back into cycling a year previous. The cycle to work scheme allowed me to get a fairly decent bike and the rest is history. So far it has helped me to get get my fitness up and start running again too!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Andy9964 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:05 am

47/48
I got a s/h Spesh Hardrock last year, having had a Rockhopper about 15 years ago. Full of intentions to do some forest tracks, it never saw much more than the occasional costal route. After a couple of months off through the winter, I started commuting in January, 15 mile round trip, so now it only ever sees tarmac.
I'm now looking to buy a roadie for around £6-700 when my employers cycle scheme opens later this month

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Ricey155 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 20:49 pm

36 on a excellent call from a 72 year old mad keen cyclist RIP

best advice i've ever had met some excellent people and just love it especially spending money on toys :mrgreen:

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Kellym82 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:09 pm

just turned 24. Never really cycled before (only on holidays as a kid!). Just bought myself a Cannondale Synapse 7 Sora - lovely first road bike I think, smooth and easy! Registered to do the Ride London in August so looking to complete 30/50/70 mile sportives before that time (any suggestions of routes in the SE welcome!)
I've started using SPD clips to get used to it - the other ones kinda scare me still, especially after I've heard some horror stories of falls when people haven't been able to get their feet out of them in time to stop! I've inherited an old pair of shoes, so until they die I think I will stick to the pedals I have :)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 18:26 pm

Recently moved to the Alps, 62'nd b/day in a month been riding my 19year old Halfords Carrera mtb on the road for six months
( off road downhill may fall off a cliff) the tyre drag and general setup does not work comfortably ...every road any direction from start is UP... 6%, 12%, 16% and one short route 28 % 36% according to strava only tried this once to date failed for a bit of it.

But cut 16 mins off my early times for short 10 mile training route the downhill bit is not difficult if you stay on at 68kph spinning like a derbisher (mtb remember) and the motorised vehicle users don't get you.

Anyway, usual newbie question ...probably no answer except what's been said previously.......would welcome some reasonable opinions (ah ah!.. be kind)....in respect to new road bike contender which is currently between : CUBE Agree GCT Pro triple / Orbea Orca BLT /Focus Izalco Pro Kuota Korsa carbon (last 3 bit more £'s that CUBE )

Also LBS says the Far East Carbons are very hard to get at this time of year as production is now switching to 2014 models/paint jobs (oh he sells ORBEA)...... made in Spain ( EU allegedly)

Salutations

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby De Sisti » Thu Apr 04, 2013 06:31 am

I started to have an interest in cycling back in 1971 (there was a posh bike shop near my
primary school, Princess Road Junior) and a back street/down alleyway a couple of streets
away). I didn't get my first bike until 1979 (aged 16) and my first new bike 1980 from
Sale Cycles in Manchester.

I've been in a cycling honeymoon period ever since. I've just bought a steel 725 frame from
Spa Cycles to replace one of my titanium frames which has a large crack around the seat/tube
bottom bracket area.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanREmery » Thu Apr 04, 2013 07:16 am

lindberg wrote:Anyway, usual newbie question ...probably no answer except what's been said previously.......would welcome some reasonable opinions (ah ah!.. be kind)....in respect to new road bike contender which is currently between : CUBE Agree GCT Pro triple / Orbea Orca BLT /Focus Izalco Pro Kuota Korsa carbon (last 3 bit more £'s that CUBE )

Also LBS says the Far East Carbons are very hard to get at this time of year as production is now switching to 2014 models/paint jobs (oh he sells ORBEA)...... made in Spain ( EU allegedly)

Salutations


Welcome!

I've got the Cube Agree GTC for my first roadbike, only had it a fortnight and it's just amazing. Very smooth and an absolute joy to ride. M y best mate has the Izalco Pro and says it goes like absolute stink.

Only problem with such a nice bike is that it has exposed the limitations of my early-season fitness, which are pretty limiting!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Thu Apr 04, 2013 14:08 pm

Oops ! started this don't know where it went to ..apologies.

Thanks for the brief report on the Focus Izalco...which version? very interested but perceive some difficulty as believe fitted with Scram Force very s-xy kit but LBS (amongst others) express scram to be akin to the lucifer, no tooling for scram what if mishap on road ...a walk home (similar story for Campaq given Italy is only 60 miles away most odd.
So probably the exotica ought to be confined to Shimano ..probably ultegra ...after all the odd team uses Shimano stuff.

Need to make a decision although feedback response limited to date (early days), somewhat discouraged by this mornings ride stats on the mountain climb...given still increased improvement on earlier performance strava says avge 278w with fair peaks of peaks of 1200w ....which is in the top 5 who post this ride...... KOM avge output = 306w my ranking is way way down in time...is it probable 26in wheels VTT (off road)tyres and 26+kg equipped bike may be a disadvantage against the road bikes or am i looking for excuses to get a new toy?

Salutations

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanREmery » Thu Apr 04, 2013 14:16 pm

I believe it's the Izalco Pro 3? Possibly the 2013 bike of the year? He bought it in October (then had a hernia op in November so he was only able to take it out on the road once before this March).

The second part of your reply - were you on a mountain bike? In which case forget about comparisons as it's like chalk and cheese. I didn't use Strava before I had my roadbike as the rankings were quite completely irrelevant.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Thu Apr 04, 2013 16:56 pm

Thank you, the response would be in the Affirmative....mtb ...but contemplation of wattage produced being irrelevant eludes me?..
Delivery from gearing & wheel size, tyre cohesion et.al would presumably impact upon performance howsoever this may be measured?

salutations

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanREmery » Fri Apr 05, 2013 08:27 am

lindberg wrote:Thank you, the response would be in the Affirmative....mtb ...but contemplation of wattage produced being irrelevant eludes me?..
Delivery from gearing & wheel size, tyre cohesion et.al would presumably impact upon performance howsoever this may be measured?

salutations


sorry, I was referring to the times recording being irrelevant. I don't know how Strava calculates the wattage unless you have a power meter on the bike, so I think it needs to be taken lightly and don't worry about it too much.

On a side note, I had my first commute into work on the roadbike this morning. Thoroughly expected to smash all my records, was slightly depressed to find I was going faster on my hybrid last June. I know weather and comparative fitness levels (or more precisely, a lack of) are a big factor, but come on!

keep peddling away.... :-)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Fri Apr 05, 2013 17:02 pm

I think a decision may be nearer ......almost.....it's looking in favour of the Orbea Orca BLT, think the "life time" guaranteed "almost" bulletproof, apparently a matter of pride for Orbea, as competitors offer maybe 5yrs max,
FULL Ultegra,(not a 105 mix) decent wheels for some not so decent roads (snow/ice damage <800/1000 mts), overall weight not the lightest, been around in same guise a while, rigid but some subtle lowdown flex allowing comfort all day, and no need for upgrade after a few months. (OK now I said that wait for sensational 2014 version with free DI2 upgrade!!!...)

BUT... may have to be the carbon grey & black.......LBS says black/orange no longer available??? seems odd.. as Euskatel have orange/black livery for this years pro team!.........or perhaps this is the reason why that scheme is not currently available??? any one know for sure???

As for performance figures earlier post.........guess I've a touch of competitiveness....if it doesn't hurt you can do more.

Salutations

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby bushu » Tue Apr 09, 2013 17:49 pm

29 goin on 59.. been into biking since as far as i remember, commuting for a couple of years now on a track ss after realising my old Mongoose dj mtb was slowly killing me off

First road bike purchased yesterday, never used drops before so the spin round block was interesting.. :shock:
also amused by these 23mm tyres, cant imagine that being comfortable on our roads for long :?

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Wed Apr 10, 2013 17:48 pm

Evening all & IanR........well not a great deal of assistance on this forum in respect of participants and road bike choice advice, anyway.....ordered it yesterday Orbea orca BLT carbon/black, with Ultegra FC 6703 (triple for local terrain consideration) in crank set in silver instead of black, to contrast the carbon, and with black Keo Max 2's every thing else as spec.

Maybe I will receive an acknowledgement from road bike riders now, I recall around 10/15 years past especially early summer Sunday mornings(6:30 ish) when you encountered another brethren cyclist a cheery exchange would without fail take place.......even if you did have a peak on your helmet and riding mtb.

However, have you noticed of recent times, such attire and mount is often greeted with a nil response and on occasion some derision in respect to one's choice of two wheels..........which causes a smile as I wonder how many of you have forded rivers on jungle tracks in the high Sierra Madre occidental or the highlands of Saba on their bike, or even ridden the routes of the Atacama ( San Pedro de Atacama to Boliva) a mere 5500 metres above sea level and 30 degrees with the odd climb to make you cry.

So this is the new golf then......! perhaps an unfair generalisation but many roadies do choose to run in packs.....!

So as a newbie to road bike,I propose to continue mostly enjoy the miles through preference solo, no one to moan at when it's tough & no one moaning that it's long & steep.

Salutations
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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby IanREmery » Thu Apr 11, 2013 09:00 am

Hi lindberg, I spent 2 years on a hybrid (looks like an MTB to be honest) and would still get acknowledged by everyone (MTB and roadies) and now I'm a roadie I acknowledge everyone on two wheels, as that's how I would like to be treated myself.

Nice purchase btw, that's a good looking bike. Enjoy!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby lindberg » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:49 pm

Well IanR that's exactly as I would expect but ....... would not bank on it of late.. However,..lighter matters:

When it arrives, plan to get around 500mls under belt and head off to the (almost local) Col d’Iseran, formerly the highest road in Europe at 2770 metres (+9090 feet isn)...anyone have any running -in advice.......?? may even experiment with the BIG ring on decent ...see how good the brakes are...

Oh! as a matter of interest not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road to the "sceptred isle" but normal brake setup is Xed.....ie front anchor is LEFT hand... rear is RIGHT...... LBS quite surprised when I showed them my mtb.... maybe I have it set up as reflexes/instincts remember and save potential expensive embarrassment.

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