n00bie milestones

open topic, for anything cycling related.

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Spork! » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:36 pm

Hmm, OK. You thought I meant calendar year... :lol:
Maybe I should go for 50 by then end of June and a metric ton by Dec. 31st...
User avatar
Spork!
 
Posts: 624
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:50 pm

by BNA » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:39 pm

BNA
 

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby novice » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:39 pm

Joining the Newbie ranks.
Turn 50 in June and reached 140kg. Decided that this is not the way I want my life to go, so after doing heaps of research including this forum, I bought a bike. Take delivery on Friday and then the journey begins.
You guys are scaring me, 25klm in one go! Geez, I am going to die!
Will take baby steps at first as I have not been on a bike since I was 15 (what are gears for, never had them when I was a kid).
I will stick to the local township where it is nice and flat, until I get some confidence and get used to the heckles and gawking as my big butt swallows the saddle. Live in Northern Tassie so there will be plenty of hills to takle later.
Not out to break records or anything, just want to get the weight off and live a healthier more enjoyable life.
Hopefully the investment in the bike motivates me enough to get the job done.
Might run into you one day Spork. Good luck.
Anyway I am off to the shops to stock up on Band Aids and Mecuricome.
Cheers.
Excuses are like arseholes! Everybody has one and they all stink! - Lance Armstrong .

Scott CR1 Pro 2011
Avanti Scratch 2.0 29er set up for road use.
Image
User avatar
novice
 
Posts: 597
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Location: Longford, TAS

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby hannos » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:43 pm

novice wrote:Not out to break records or anything, just want to get the weight off and live a healthier more enjoyable life.


Oh you will soon enough!

Good work on getting outside!
2010 BMC SLC01
Image
User avatar
hannos
 
Posts: 4026
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:18 am
Location: Sydney

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Nix » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:46 pm

Nice list Drubie... I'll answer my noob questions (been riding 4 months)

- first clip stack - right after my first century.. was turning around to head up the driveway.. was knackered and didn't pay any attention to the pile of gravel...
- first clip stack in front of crowd - as above - cars around ready to turn..
- first flat 20km from home with a flat mobile phone battery so you are forced to fix it - *touching wood* never had a flat..
- first flat 200m from the other flat you just fixed 'cause you forgot to clean glass off inside of tyre - as above
- first c02 canister vented 100% into the air - first one I tested... didn't seem to be pumping up the tyre so I checked it.. yup, it was working and froze my hand too..
- first group ride - Beach Rd... about a month into riding... I couldn't even keep up with the slow pack when I was sucking about 20 wheels.. little did I know that in 3 months I'd be leading a pack (or a bunch of guys that decided to suck my wheel) and leaving them for dead on the hill into Mordi..
- first time dropped on the first hill of the first group ride - as above
- first time lost on the first group ride and unable to find the cafe - don't do the cafe thing... I'm more of a turn around and start again kind of guy :)
- first ride in the rain and not minding - last week... but, I've got to be honest, I did still mind (just didn't have an option)..
- first ride in the cold when you realise your shorty gloves just aren't appropriate - every ride at the moment...
- first multi thousand dollar cycling bill - only had one... my first bike
- first hidden bank account from the other half for cycling items - I don't have one (but thanks for the idea) :twisted:
- first time you miss a days riding and spend the day fretting - don't remember... but I still frett
- first crit, when you realise all that hard won fitness still isn't enough when you get dropped on the first surge. - TBA
- first road race, getting dropped on the first hill (again!) -TBA
- first regular nightime training ride - don't have good lights yet :(
- first (and last time) the bunch knows who you are == end of noob. - don't have a regular bunch so nobody knows me :(

Other milestones
- First time not drinking on a night out so you're fresh for your ride tomorrow
- First time you look at your calfs thinking "they look pretty toned
- First time you realise it's a good idea to be in a small gear when clipping in on a hill
Image
Nix
 
Posts: 290
Joined: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:05 am
Location: Harkaway (SE Melbourne)

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Pavlova » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:53 am

drubie wrote:Bah 50km - here's the proper noob milestone list:

- first clip stack
- first clip stack in front of crowd
- first flat 20km from home with a flat mobile phone battery so you are forced to fix it
- first flat 200m from the other flat you just fixed 'cause you forgot to clean glass off inside of tyre
- first c02 canister vented 100% into the air
- first group ride
- first time dropped on the first hill of the first group ride
- first time lost on the first group ride and unable to find the cafe
- first ride in the rain and not minding
- first ride in the cold when you realise your shorty gloves just aren't appropriate
- first multi thousand dollar cycling bill
- first hidden bank account from the other half for cycling items
- first time you miss a days riding and spend the day fretting
- first crit, when you realise all that hard won fitness still isn't enough when you get dropped on the first surge.
- first road race, getting dropped on the first hill (again!)
- first regular nightime training ride
- first (and last time) the bunch knows who you are == end of noob.


:lol:

Sorry to say have covered a few of these, including the first 2.

This thread is great, reading about others in a similar boat, err bike. Hope more noobs join in the fun.

Have just done a fitness test in prep for a 10 week cycling course. I wasn't expecting to be told I was ready for the olympics by any means but was pretty shocked by the result :cry: . No wonder elderly ladies on BSOs keep passing me :)
2009 Malver Star Oppy Bol D'or
2008 Giant CRX2
Couple of old clangers (one with kiddie seat)
User avatar
Pavlova
 
Posts: 130
Joined: Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:43 pm
Location: Stirling WA

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Pavlova » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:03 am

some more:

- first time in lycra, causing the missus to choke on her porridge
- first time thinking you are suddenly superhuman, then turning around to come home and realising you have had a pretty strong tail wind
- first time swearing at head wind that was a few moments ago a tail wind
- first package from Wiggle
- first ego boost when overtaking (even if it is a child on a trike)
- first instant ego deflation when being overtaken by an old(er) guy on a rusty mtb
2009 Malver Star Oppy Bol D'or
2008 Giant CRX2
Couple of old clangers (one with kiddie seat)
User avatar
Pavlova
 
Posts: 130
Joined: Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:43 pm
Location: Stirling WA

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby drubie » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:27 am

Pavlova wrote:some more:

- first time in lycra, causing the missus to choke on her porridge


I remember that one the first time I pulled on bib-knicks. "Where are you going? Gay Octoberfest?".

Harrumph.
So we get the leaders we deserve and we elect, we get the companies and the products that we ask for, right? And we have to ask for different things. – Paul Gilding
but really, that's rubbish. We get none of it because the choices are illusory.
User avatar
drubie
 
Posts: 4617
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:12 am
Location: New England

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby ozrider » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:47 pm

Mustang wrote:
kibnedyo wrote:OK Spork and Mustang...... 50klm is far too little to aim for by the end of the year.

It is not unreasonable to set a goal of a 100klm ride on a road bike by the end of the year.

Get out there and Enjoy! Good Luck.

Mental note taken :wink:


If distance is your goal then 100klms is a reasonable target, I was in the same boat this time last year.

As motivation I signed up for the Melbourne 250klm Bay in a Day ride which was in October, this gave may a target to aim for. As it was I only managed 185klms on the day due to a knee problem, but compared to my first 10klm lung burner in March of 2009 it was a big achievement. I continue to sign up for organised rides that are months in advance and tailor my training to suit, I find it a huge motivator, especially when it is a bit cold or wet or I generally just feel lazy.

So far this year we have done the 85klm Ballarat Cycle Classic and the 145klm Great Ocean & Otway Challenge, this Sunday is the 100klm Ballarat BAD Ride then it is a slow build up to the 2010 Bay in a Day in October.

The other side of the coin is what type of riding you plan on doing, most of my rides with mates are under 100klms and my solo rides are usually only 25 - 50klms.

I enjoy being able to comfortably do these shorter rides and still find the big 100klm+ rides a struggle that I have to build up to, throw in a couple of mountains and I feel like an absolute beginner again.
Some people are like Slinkies, they're really good for nothing..

..But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!
User avatar
ozrider
 
Posts: 324
Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:41 pm
Location: Melbourne

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby NewStew » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:39 pm

I am hearing all of you guys (and gals if there are some too) - bought my first bike in 18 years last November, first ride was 6km and I stopped for a rest in the middle. Now onto a second bike and covetting a third, doing between 100 and 150 km a week between commuting and weekend rides. Other milestones include:

- Converting to lycra knicks
- Converting to clipless shoes and now wondering how people manage without them
- First clipstack
- 30km
- 50km
- First ride around the river in perth (via freo - 55km)
- First proper cycling jersey
- First post here....

Next target is to ride to Mandurah (about 90km) then onto the 100km and then 100 miles!
NewStew
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:26 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:39 pm

drubie wrote:I remember that one the first time I pulled on bib-knicks. "Where are you going? Gay Octoberfest?".

Harrumph.


:lol: :lol: :lol:
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
User avatar
Mulger bill
Super Mod
Super Mod
 
Posts: 26012
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:41 pm
Location: Sunbury Vic

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby casual_cyclist » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:27 am

NewStew wrote:Next target is to ride to Mandurah (about 90km) then onto the 100km and then 100 miles!

If you are looking for a group to do your first 100km with I can recommend Audax WA. They helped me survive my first 100, excel in my first 200 and survive my first 300 (yes, I struggled :lol:). My last 200km ride was with Shaw from these forum. He is allegedly a n00b too but he did really well for his first 200km. I think he dropped me three or for times! Good for him :D

There are some nice rides coming up which I will be doing. I am just getting back into it after a break due to illness so I will be taking it easy.
<removed by request>
User avatar
casual_cyclist
 
Posts: 7333
Joined: Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:41 am
Location: Kewdale

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby novice » Thu May 06, 2010 10:22 pm

Well Week one on the new bike and no injuries to report except for a painfull rear end.
Rode 50 klms this week and have really enjoyed it apart from the early morning fog.
Only problems are still trying to get the seat and riding position to a point thats comfortable to ride longer distances.
Can only manage about 40 minutes before it starts to hurt.
Getting a lot of numbness in the hands, so I adjusted handle bars up as high as they go. A bit better but still getting numb.
Only choice now I guess is to lower the seat but then this will compromise the pedaling.
May need to look at a better saddle as well.
Any suggestions welcome.
Excuses are like arseholes! Everybody has one and they all stink! - Lance Armstrong .

Scott CR1 Pro 2011
Avanti Scratch 2.0 29er set up for road use.
Image
User avatar
novice
 
Posts: 597
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Location: Longford, TAS

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Spork! » Fri May 07, 2010 7:20 am

Well done mate.
Some things that might aid comfort are: bigger tires if they will fit, better bar tape - cork or gel, if your's is the thin stuff, a different saddle - whats best varies for different people, and/or some gel palm gloves. Do you wear knicks with a good chamois? Also, ones bum learns to HTFU with more time in the saddle.
I hope your frame isn't too small, making you bend over too much to reach the bars. If you are having to lean too far forwards you could change the stem to a shorter one.

I just passed a milestone, and spent > $1000 ($1005.60) on a "new" bike. Hope to have it by next weekend. :)
User avatar
Spork!
 
Posts: 624
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:50 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Pax » Fri May 07, 2010 7:37 am

Spork! wrote:I just passed a milestone, and spent > $1000 ($1005.60) on a "new" bike. Hope to have it by next weekend. :)


Well, congrats on that (many more milestones after that if you decide to go that way :roll:

Hope you enjoy you rnew ride...what did you buy??
User avatar
Pax
 
Posts: 1214
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:23 pm
Location: Sunshine Coast, Qld

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Spork! » Fri May 07, 2010 5:55 pm

(From the ebay add): Italian Olmo Impact 56cm aluminium road or triathlon bike to suit 175cm to 185cm rider. Campagnolo Chorus/Veloce 10-speed groupset. Mavic CXP 30 wheels with new Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres. Shimano pedals. San Italia saddle and Campagnolo Record carbon seat post. Cinelli handle bars and Sigma computer. Fully serviced.

I'll post some pics when it arrives. I expect it to be a big step up from my current ride, which is an (approx) 20= YO shogun steel frame bike with downtube shifters.
User avatar
Spork!
 
Posts: 624
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:50 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby novice » Fri May 07, 2010 9:49 pm

Do you wear knicks with a good chamois?


Congrats on the new bike.
I have ordered knicks from USA as bigger sizes not readily available locally.
Bike size is medium and I am 5ft 9.5 inches tall.
Have an adjustable steering stem and set at the highest setting.
Got the Gel gloves and just changed the grips to a gel grip type which I am yet to try.
The chaps at the local bike shop tell me the knicks should help a lot, so I will try them before making any saddle changes.
Big moment today ..... overtook another cyclist for the first time, (just because she was in her 70's makes no difference) its still technically and overtaking. :lol:
Excuses are like arseholes! Everybody has one and they all stink! - Lance Armstrong .

Scott CR1 Pro 2011
Avanti Scratch 2.0 29er set up for road use.
Image
User avatar
novice
 
Posts: 597
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Location: Longford, TAS

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby otfc42 » Sat May 08, 2010 8:04 am

First 100km ride today....puncture 10km's out of Orange...changed tyre, running on 80psi instead of 120psi. Euchareena to Molong brutal headwind and struggled up hills with low psi and hit the wall at about 60 k's....!!! Couldn't believe it, everything aching, did an easy 80 k's one week prior..... Molong never looked so good...onto Orange...doing it tough, very dehydrated...watched in delight as speedo ticked over 100km's...!!! Delight faded 50 ...metres later, 5km's from town...another flat, no more tubes...end result, still did my "100"...!!!

Bit sore today, but hoping that things will get better as I really want to do the coffee run in the morning for the first time and hit the 1000 on my Oreba Enol.

Only been riding for 2 months but am hooked. Anyone else doing the Hunter Classic in 2 weeks?
Live the Moment.....!!!
User avatar
otfc42
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:34 am

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby SeditionTrial » Sat May 08, 2010 11:25 am

Props to all my fellow n00bs representing. :)
Bought road bike in March, after long absence from cycling (used to bike commute a fair bit as a poor uni student).
Giant Defy 1 aluminium and carbon.
Lots of extras from Wiggle (brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favourite things).
A little over 600km so far, including two 100km rides (3 hours 57 minutes for 104km on the second one, 26.5km/hr avg).
Just a bit sad I can't do the Noosa 100km or 160km winter ride in a couple of weeks (on call for work).
Short term goal: Noosa triathlon in October (bike no prob, swim will be ok too, run will be a struggle).
Long term goal: if I can keep it up for a few years, I will buy myself an awesome 1337 carbon roadbike (eg at about 10000km personal odometer -- or maybe I could get a recumbent? -- or maybe I can just keep dreaming!)
Currently looking for a relaxed group at about my speed (eg 30km/hr for short rides) in Bris Inner South, give me a shout back if this is you (would UQ cycling fit teh bill?).
New tar seal in front of my wheel
User avatar
SeditionTrial
 
Posts: 195
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:52 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Spork! » Sat May 08, 2010 12:32 pm

Had another "milestone" today, but not a pleasant one.
"First time a 4x4 driver tries to make you crash", :( viewtopic.php?f=12&t=25529&start=200
Last edited by Spork! on Sat May 08, 2010 1:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Spork!
 
Posts: 624
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:50 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Sat May 08, 2010 1:18 pm

Just did my first 50km ride, planned on 40 but just kept going until I found a good coffee shop, boy did I need it after 25kms.
Scott CR1
you cannot be sirrus
 
Posts: 753
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:33 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Sat May 08, 2010 1:20 pm

Spork! wrote:Had another "milestone" today, but not a pleasant one.
"First time a 4x4 driver tries to make you crash", :(

As an avid 4x4 driver I apologise on his behalf, these d!#(AT)*^ds give the responsible guys a bad name.
Scott CR1
you cannot be sirrus
 
Posts: 753
Joined: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:33 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Spork! » Sat May 08, 2010 1:35 pm

Don't feel too bad, it wasn't a "real" four-by, one thats actually used off road. It was a "pretty" one with lost of useless chrome accessories. Basicaly a Japanese made Toorak tractor.
User avatar
Spork!
 
Posts: 624
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:50 pm

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Old and Rusty » Sun May 09, 2010 7:58 am

novice wrote:
Do you wear knicks with a good chamois?


Congrats on the new bike.
I have ordered knicks from USA as bigger sizes not readily available locally.

I went into the Anaconda store this week and they are the first place I've seen cycling clothes in my size on the rack. I'm 6'4" 113.3kg and I found Fluid brand cycling jerseys, knicks, jackets etc all in my size and in plain colours so I'm not dressed in advertising. The quality looks pretty good and after 2 washes here aren't any threads hanging out.
If you join their club the prices are excellent, the tops I bought were around $30 and anything comparable in other bike stores were nearly double the price.
There is a store in Cambridge TAS...
"scaffolders, where learning to walk upright is in the training manual"
2011 Jamis Ventura Elite
2011 Pinarello FPQ
User avatar
Old and Rusty
 
Posts: 1157
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:40 am
Location: Sydney

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby novice » Sun May 09, 2010 3:39 pm

I went into the Anaconda store this week and they are the first place I've seen cycling clothes in my size on the rack

Thanks, I will check them out next chance I get.
Did two 1 hour rides this weekend and things are getting better.
The new grips have all but eliminated the numbness in the fingers and my butt is getting used to the seat.
Tackled my first hill today. Climb was about 300 mtrs long on a slight to medium grade. Made it to the top before collapsing on the ground gasping for breath.
showtime that was hard!
I can see how you get hooked to this riding caper. Best fun I have had in years (with my pants on) :lol:
I would love to post some pics of the offending machine on this forum (just to show it off), but I do not know how to post pics on here.
Need idiot proof instructions.
Excuses are like arseholes! Everybody has one and they all stink! - Lance Armstrong .

Scott CR1 Pro 2011
Avanti Scratch 2.0 29er set up for road use.
Image
User avatar
novice
 
Posts: 597
Joined: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Location: Longford, TAS

Re: n00bie milestones

Postby Old and Rusty » Sun May 09, 2010 9:12 pm

novice wrote:I would love to post some pics of the offending machine on this forum (just to show it off), but I do not know how to post pics on here.
Need idiot proof instructions.

http://www.photobucket.com

This site will help you out, once you upload the photo it will give you a choice of copy/paste URL's s paste into your post. Just hit preview before you submit your post.
"scaffolders, where learning to walk upright is in the training manual"
2011 Jamis Ventura Elite
2011 Pinarello FPQ
User avatar
Old and Rusty
 
Posts: 1157
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:40 am
Location: Sydney

PreviousNext

Return to General discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cage, Crawf, Exabot [Bot], Google [Bot], Google Feedfetcher, liamw, minhyy, skull, Summernight, Wakatuki



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit