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An evening of firsts:
First ride from the new house. Nearly had a clip stack in the driveway, as there is waaay more traffic here (and it's 'surprise' traffic that comes around a bend just as I'm about to leave).
First time I've used my Camelbak, not because I needed it, but because I wanted to have a 'practice run'.
First time I've hit a rut in the road and had my front tyre go 'thud'.
First time I've had a flat - rear tyre, boo hiss. Luckily it was close to home, but after attempting to pump it up I learned that my pump is terrible. It's hard to change it from the MTB tyre end to the RB tyre end, and once I did change it (at home, was bailed out by a fellow cyclist on the road), it still didn't work. Will be buying a new pump ASAP.
First time I've ever changed a bike tyre! Three different You Tube videos and an hour later, it's on and inflated and hopefully not pinched. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
Seeing heaps of improvement on my commute... Specifically the climbs.
3 hills on the homeward commute that are/have been reasonably tough for me;
- First one I've turned from almost having to get off and push to a jump out of the saddle and blast up. First few rides were around 16km/h. Now charge up at 30+ and often overtake other riders,
- Second is a medium length reasonably steep and constant 500-600m. First few around 13-15km/h. Just today went up at 26km/h,
- Third is a longer climb that still is reasonably tough. But was able to get up there tonight at +20km/h and was blowing pretty hard at the top.
At over 100kg on a big alloy bike, improving my climbing has been a real positive.
Good on ya! I've found that standing and peddling helps but there's nothing like riding hard and carrying as much momentus up the hill as you can. Gravity will eventually win and then it's good old graft to get to the top!
I've a long way to go but amazing I *want* to keep climbing the same hills that I find difficult. Is there something wrong with me?
No there's nothing wrong with you....you've just been bitten by the cycling bug and it's cousin the climbing bug.....next you'll be going in search of bigger hills to conquer
I went up the same hill I struggled with on Sunday (15% gradient!) and guess what.... I struggled again BUT I didn't put my feet on the ground this time! I even resisted temptation to turn around and head back down the hill and went up another hill. Got to make this training count
So far I've lost 3kg and hope to lose another 4kg in the next month and a half. At least it will make those hill climbs a little easier...
I did my first 100km cycle today! 35km solo and the rest in a group.
Not sure if you like numbers but my stats were -
4h 7m moving
526m elevation gain
24.3km average speed
Only downside is that I can't feel my legs today...
PS. Is a century ride measured in miles?
There are metric and imperial centuries, a metric century is easier
Stinhambo - great effort! Many cyclists have fond memories of their first 100km ride, and most probably hurt for a while after! I know I did
I'd agree with Andrew. Most cyclists would consider a "Century" ride to be the 100 miler (just under 161 km). Keep working, you're going great guns!
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Thanks all! I did mine on a muesli bar and a bowl of Weetbix but I doubt I could do an Imperial ton on that..
The other positive is in one month I've lost 4.5kg! I'm was aiming for 90kg but I think 85kg is realistic now.
Completed my first 100km today, feeling worse for wear now, however; im stoked that I finally got that one done. Only been riding a road bike since April, so im happy with my first gloat.....
Hopefully there will be more to come.
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Well done mate! Having done exactly the same today I can congratulate you for a job well done
I was sore at 70km but it was well worth it! I even managed a couple of 10-15% gradients too. I need some energy gels and a massage..
Was a couple of weeks ago now, and after nearly 12 months on the bike i guess i might not be a noobie now....... but completed my first imperial ton (160km ride). Physically it was easier than i thought, it's just keeping mentally aware whilst on the ride that is the killer.
Cheers for the well done and like wise to your self. I tried for a massage, all I got was being called an idiot for trying to push my self...... geez, wheres the love.
One thing it did teach me is that i need to carry more fluid, one bottle is not enough thats for sure.
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Giant Defy 1
G'day mate, when you put the tyre on, pull the top back a bit and work your way around the wheel, you'll be able to see whether or not the tube has been pinched. I'd suggest you get a few CO2 canisters, takes all of 5 seconds to inflate your tyre.
Cracked my first metric century today . I suffered in the last 20-30 and was really gone for the last 10, but I haven't had any rides over 30km in the past 2 months so I guess I deserve what I get! I rode it solo to so no free tows which I really wanted at times. Probably need to take more than a muesli bar and bottle of water next time . The bottle of red last night may not have assisted either
03:38 moving time
773m elevation gain
27.5 kph average
^^^ What casual_cyclist said. I was in a similar position almost 4 years ago, after a few too many years of really unhealthy lifestyle. All I could ride initially was about 30-40km on a reasonably flat course, but now I've gone and signed up for the ACE250 . It may take years to build up to that, but trust me it will happen if you just keep pushing your limits a tiny bit further each month and year .
I bought a giant defy 3 weeks ago and couldnt work out why i was faster on my mtb
I bought a pump today and realised i only had 40psi in the road bike tyres
thats got to be some sort of milestone ?
i did my first 40k ride this afternoon at 24k/h average and feel like my legs are dead
ive got a long way to go
Been riding a single speed since the start of the year (biggest ride was 40km).
Bought my first road bike 2 weeks ago (milestone 1). Did my biggest ride yet (90km), the other day.
Looking to do 100kms soon.
I'll be happy when I can get up Mt Panorama.
Had a crack at it a few months back, got halfway up and had to stop.
Feeling a lot fitter now, but I'm not riding a compact any more. I should be able to do it looking at Strava's profile.
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