How old are the newbies to road cycling?

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

Postby DeltaOneSeven » Sun Oct 28, 2012 21:24 pm

38

Been into cycling ever since I remember. 2 things have broken up my cycling. 1st was getting a bike stolen and 2nd was getting knocked off by a careless motorist.

Enjoying it more than ever now...

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

Postby stered » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:25 am

46 Got fed up with traffic jams of a morning for work, decided to try cycling now i commute 15 miles each way 4 times a week, i need to get faster which i am finding difficult to achieve.
So any help would be appreciated lads. Enjoying it don`t know wether to join my local cycling club so i can ride with someone at weekends, done some fifty miles but have not been much further.
Bike s are Marin Hybrid and my Dolan Mythos.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Thebigbee » Tue Oct 30, 2012 02:46 am

Starwasp - very funny post. Only just realised that you mean an actual picture not a virtual one - don't you?!

I'm OK at DIY but when it comes to my bikes I chicken out even though I have aquired probably most of the tools to do a full service. Need to get a bike from the tip to practice on - don't fancy doing it on bikes that I ride everyday.

DeltaOneSeven - Yep - been there - although haven't had a bike nicked out and about for years as maintained good locking practice. Had a few nicked from the sheds and garages in the last 5 years and have learnt about beefing up security. Garage door bolts are so worth it IMO.

Been involved in 2 RTAs where car drivers have been on their phones and another hit and run. Not a lot you can do about these +++ts but LED lights and Smart phones help in your defence.

I tend to run lights most of the time now day or night. They are so small and cheap to run on flash it seems silly not to make yourself as visible as possible so there is no excuse.

Especially if you have black bikes without reflectors and don't like dressing like a luminious marker - like I don't...

stered - Before I got into cycling I would actually drive half a mile up the shop if I needed something!

Am just amazed that I was that lazy nowadays. That turned into 3 miles then 5 and now it is about 10 miles.

Unless I have to take people somewhere or carry something too big or the weather is foul then I just don't bother with the car.

I'm certain that a 3 mile journey I can get to the destination significantly quicker than a car driver leaving at the same time. And it costs me nothing in petrol, parking and a lot less stress!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Starwasp » Tue Oct 30, 2012 20:36 pm

Whilst I meant an actual picture (always too frightened of putting a nail into a power line) I have also never got round to putting my real bikes on the 'real bike' thread either, so take it either way!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jonasaurus » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:26 am

Just joined the forums, and so far has been a great source of information for a newbie such as myself. I've just hit my mid 30s looking to keep fit through weekend exercise. Also cycling is a great way to catch up with other friends who cycle on the weekend for brunch with a bit of riding on either side of the eating. Just bought a 2nd hand Specialized Allez Triple which I rode out on the road for the first time last weekend (and loved it).

Look forward to contributing where I can on these forums.
Thx
Jonathan

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby koreanbaz » Thu Nov 01, 2012 14:57 pm

Thebigbee wrote:And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?

Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?

Interested to know your thoughts - answer as many as you want and give as much history as you want.

Cheers

Bigbee


Ages 49 3/4
have been goaded into the Etape Calidonia.
lost weight but have never been fit ever.
A Dawes Hybrid, but road bike coming.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby DapperRob » Thu Nov 01, 2012 19:01 pm

I am 26.
Used to be a regular 6-10 mile runner, but 2 arthroscopies mean my knee is shot to bits. *Note: injury dance floor induced, not running!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Doug Hughes » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:24 am

56 in my case. I turned to cycling in June after having to give up on running due to arthritis in my ankle. I took up running in order to stay fit for hill walking, but it took on a bit of a life of its own, and that seems to be the case with cycling now - I've been able to do a bit more running recently but would now be sad to cut down on the cycling.

I started off as the fat kid at school who never got picked for teams, but thanks to my wife, who introduced me to hill walking and taught me to ride a bike(!), I've gradually been transformed into a fitness fanatic. I did long periods of cycle commuting in the 80s, so I'm not entirely new to cycling on the roads, but since then have rarely cycled by choice. When I first (re-)started, I was doing long miles on an ancient steel mountain bike, but recently got a Revolution Cross. Compared to my mountain bike and my old 10-speed, it's great. Which in no way precludes my splashing out more cash at a later date - but I'm a pretty cr*p cyclist so at the moment would look a bit of an idiot on anything posh.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Thebigbee » Sun Nov 04, 2012 23:41 pm

Doug Hughes wrote:56 in my case. I turned to cycling in June after having to give up on running due to arthritis in my ankle. I took up running in order to stay fit for hill walking, but it took on a bit of a life of its own, and that seems to be the case with cycling now - I've been able to do a bit more running recently but would now be sad to cut down on the cycling.

I started off as the fat kid at school who never got picked for teams, but thanks to my wife, who introduced me to hill walking and taught me to ride a bike(!), I've gradually been transformed into a fitness fanatic. I did long periods of cycle commuting in the 80s, so I'm not entirely new to cycling on the roads, but since then have rarely cycled by choice. When I first (re-)started, I was doing long miles on an ancient steel mountain bike, but recently got a Revolution Cross. Compared to my mountain bike and my old 10-speed, it's great. Which in no way precludes my splashing out more cash at a later date - but I'm a pretty cr*p cyclist so at the moment would look a bit of an idiot on anything posh.


I'm still a crap cyclist. A crap cyclist that can push the miles and doesn't give a toss about what I look like or what bike I have.

It's a Spesh allez triple 2011 and it does me absolutely fine. Basically a "beginner" bike which I have gradually "upgraded".

Until my fitness is up there and I am spinning too hard I don't care that I have an entry level bike or ride a triple.

My first change was a smaller rear cassette - think it is 11-23 or so but may be lower- which was a test - but am getting more accustomed now.

Then changed the rear wheel to an Aksium - and just bought a front Aksium but haven't bothered fitting yet.

I have absolutely no need for a new bike until I can spin this bike and combat hills on this without using the granny gear - which won't be for a while!!

New cycling show on Radio 5 - which can just be downloaded http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/bespoke

Cheers

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby DaisyMilly » Sat Nov 10, 2012 15:14 pm

Age: 43

Just been out for my first ride today on my Ribble sportive 7005.

I was very impressed, so much faster than my 12 yr old Dawes hybrid :D

First time with Clipless pedals, so was a little nervous.

All turned out well. Can't wait to get out again

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Prando » Sat Nov 10, 2012 20:33 pm

62.
After finally giving up running / jogging (knees !) I bought a carrera virtuosa as my entry to road cycling some 12 months ago. Weather permitting, I get out a couple of times a week doing an average ride of 40miles. I still enjoy the gym, so alternate activities, if you know what I mean.

My wife has a giant (bought from eBay) and joins me some of the time.

Still learning, and have so many questions. Had a couple of falls and have dispensed with my SPD cleats and changed to metal toe clips. Much better for me. Gradually getting all the necessary gear and currently updating winter wear, whilst simultaneously learning some mechanical skills.

It all seems quite daunting and challenging, but I'm well up for it. :D

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby I7 Extreme » Sat Nov 10, 2012 22:18 pm

Im 15 and still building my new roadbike (Giant OCR3) on a tight budget because i go to school and dont have a job. although i had road my old road bike for a year or so i consider myself a beginner.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Philly8mt » Sun Nov 11, 2012 17:11 pm

I'm cheating here slightly!

I've not actually bought a bike yet! I'm 41 yrs old and have picked up a couple of injuries that have now made me question carrying on with playing football.

I originally toyed with a MTB but the more I've read and looked at things, the more attracted I've become to a road bike. Can't explain where this all came from except to say I enjoyed watching the Tour De France and our Olympic success! I've not had a bike since my childhood, never changed a tyre, none of my friends ride and i don't really understand half of the stuff I read in the mags!

So I'm currently trying to suss it all out (failing miserably lol) and saving some cash for my first bike. Hopefully I will be out and (falling) about just after Xmas.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby scooterb » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:14 pm

Hi, Im 40 next month and have just bought my first road bike.

Its a 2012 specialized roubaix expert and i bought from this site. I have been riding mountain bike for around 5-6 years and also a touring bike, and the occasional dabble on the bmx track aswell re-living my youth (but not racing).
I had racing bikes in my teens, and this is my first since then.
I thought id like to try it out after seeing the olympics and the tour de france this year, and maybe try a local sportive in the summertime.
Just need to get a few extras on the bike before its ready to go.
Thanks Scott.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Gruffalogill » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:08 pm

Hi, new to the forums so I thought this would be a good place for a first post (like many others I see :) )

Age: 42

Reasons for picking the sport up?

Usual sense of one's own mortality that appears at this age - leading to the urge to get fit and lose weight.

Also what cycling / exercise / fitness history do you have?

None / next to none / definitely none. Aiming for BHF London To Reading next March and the London to Brighton next summer.

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?

Specialized Sirrus Comp bought in the States last year.
Trek 1.2 bought off ebay a few days ago - partially dismantled already for "upgrades"
Ribble 7005 frame just ordered - will (hopefully) be using a few bits bought for the Trek

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby 964Cup » Thu Nov 15, 2012 21:45 pm

43.

Used to race BMX in my yoof, and got around London by bike alone. Lots of MTB at university, but cars began to dominate. Theft of bike, start of decent income and move back to London somehow stopped me cycling.

Bought a Sirrus Pro at vast expense in 2006, with all the gear; not sure why even now. Rode it twice, then stuck it on the wall in the garage for 6 years. More car obsessions instead.

Taught my daughter to ride this summer; bought a cheap MTB to hack about with her, and bikes for wife and son. Realised how much I enjoyed it, and how useful it was for getting around (possibly assisted by this being rural France, and summer, and at a 10-year-old's pace). Remembered the Sirrus languishing in the garage in Blighty.

Came back to the grind and (for reasons still unknown) took the bike off the wall, serviced it and started riding to work. Have driven in four times since (in 2.5 months) - only when I have things to collect and to drop off shirts etc.

Bought bikes for wife, son and daughter in London. Naturally needed an MTB to hack about with daughter here too, so picked up a Pinnacle Evo 1 that someone had sensibly upgraded then tired of. Not the lightest thing ever, but amazing kit for the pittance I paid for it. I do love a bargain.

Bug really starting to bite now. Looking for excuses to cycle, and cycling everywhere even when taking the tube really would make more sense (how many showers a day before I start to dissolve, I wonder). Start reading bike forums, reviews, browsing web shops. Start signing up for events and talking about cycling with other MAMIL dads.

See and impulse buy a Mekk Poggio 2.5G Ultegra in the Wiggle sale. Slippery slope now fully in effect.

I have bought, this year:

9 bicycles. Nine. Of which three were for me, meaning I have four in total.

And...possibly as many as 5 pointlessly light and fancy wheels (depending on an open forum bid), lighter skewers, pedals, lighter saddle, work stand, portable work stand, saddle bag, torque wrench, 2 bleed kits, Avid replacement pistons and new pads - shortly followed by new brakes for the Sirrus (sodding Avid Juicy 5 sticking piston %^"$£"&%£E"), puncture kits, inner tube, bottle, cage, pump, shoes, shorts, tights, tops, jacket, lights (2 rears, having lost one after a week !"*£%*"%"), additional cassette, turbo trainer, trainer tyre, Garmin 800, another cycle computer, possibly a new lighter stem (forum again), a digital hanging scale, cassette tool, chain whip, dry lube, wet lube, grease, chain cleaner, degreaser, brake cleaner, muc-off, wall hooks, 3 helmets, 4-bike car rack, grips and bar ends. I think. I may have missed some things.

I believe may actually have completely lost my mind.

Hello, my name is Ben and I'm a bike-a-holic. I haven't bought an unnecessary and expensive carbon component that will reduce the weight of my bike by an undetectable amount for about 20 minutes, but that's only because I've been typing this post instead.

(On the other hand, I'm riding hard about 80-100 miles a week and I've lost 2 stone, so it's not all bad...)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby alanparsons » Sun Nov 18, 2012 20:25 pm

Age 41
History. Used to have BMX (Haro Pro-styler for freestyle and Mongoose for racing) up to age of 17, moved back to UK from Germany (RAF Family) and gave up BMX. Sold bikes and bought Raleigh Team Banana Replica, had it stolen after 6 months and bought a car.
Sporting Background, After BMX-ing took up football, playing 3-4 times a week for 2 local sides until age 31. Endless knee and ankle pain forced retirement. Then nothing for 10 years.
Reasons for taking up road cycling. Diagnosed with Rhumatoid Arthritis last year, told that non-impact exercise would be benifical(swim or cycle). Cannot stand swimming, so a bike it is.
Equipment. Purchased Wilier Montegrappa on the cycle to work scheme.
Currently building up stamana with weekend rides 20-30 miles. Will begin cycling to work next April. Resulting in a saving of £120 a month on petrol and taking 4000 miles a year off the car.
First up is to loose some weight from the engine (14st 4) then spend some of the saved cash on upgrades next winter.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jim_jaxx » Sun Nov 18, 2012 22:06 pm

Just started proplerly at 23, many riders on here from Brighton?

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Roadrookie » Sun Nov 18, 2012 23:37 pm

I am 51 and after a couple of years dithering finally bought myself a Giant Defy Composite. In January my weight hit 16 stone so started a diet and got down to 13st 6lbs when I got the bike in August. Since then I have quickly become a keen rider but now winter is here riding time is limited by work. I get out mainly at weekends and my long ride is usually about 30+ miles at 16-17 mph. I haven't lost anymore weight but am much fitter. Although I hadnt done much exercise for a few years I did retain some good residual fitness (according to my cardiologist anyway) as I was a reasonable club runner in my twenties and did a lot of martial arts in my 30's. Now too old for all that stuff so biking suits me well. Incidentally I am on holiday in Arizona as write this and the roads here are amazing, the local cyclists here must have wonderful time, I am very jealous. They make my local Sussex roads look even more terrible and crowded than I thought they were. Anyway my plans for 2013 are to try and ride some sportives and hopefully find some local riders to join up with.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby siomac » Mon Nov 19, 2012 22:46 pm

53. Bought a new bike in mid-August after a lot of hassle from my son to start exercising. Bought a Trek Domane. Hadn't exercised since I was a teenager so thought better late than never. Now obsessed and can't get out enough. I suppose you could say it was my Olympic legacy


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