Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Getting Better At Riding A Bicycle

"When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out.  A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun!'." ~ Groucho Marx
In my previous entry, I spoke about bicycling being hard and it is.  As with all things, that's not all of it though.  Getting better at riding a bicycle is easier.  Keep at it.  I didn't want to deter anyone from giving bicycle riding a try.  Starting out riding a bicycle is strenuous, but it does get better when you keep after it.

With a simple search online on how to improve your bicycling skills, you'll see that there are tons of sites with every possible piece of advice you could ever imagine or hope for.  Now, close those sites and get on the bike.  Yes, you can read them, take notes, ask some experts on how to do it, but the bottom line is...get on the bike.  Initially, it is difficult, but, with time spent on the bike, you'll get stronger.  Once you've mastered the art of staying upright, shifting through the gears, and most of the time are feeling comfortable riding, then go back to those sites and sort out what you might be interested in.  Do you want some tips on climbing?  Getting even stronger on the bike?  Going faster?  Touring?  Those questions will have more meaning for you at that time than when you first looked because of the experience you've gained...enough to seek the answer to a question or two you might have conjured up while bicycling.

Like the bicycle itself, bicycling is not complicated.  Make sure the bike is adjusted properly/correctly for you, get on it, and pedal ... and remember to follow the rules of the road.  And that motor vehicles of any size or shape weigh more than you do on a bicycle.  As you increase the number of miles that you're riding each time, you'll begin to feel that you and the bike are becoming joined at the hip, well, your butt, feet, and hands really.  In sync.  When that occurs, go back to those websites and experts and read them again, with those new questions you may have.  Eventually, you'll realize that you now have all the knowledge you need and that the important stuff after that is...ride the bike.

I could tell you to start out slow, only do X miles, then increase your distance by X percent, blah, blah, blah.  Truth is, your body, actually your legs, will tell you if you've over done it.  Some days you'll be stronger than others.  On the off days, take it easy.  What's the rush?  Ok, you want to race bikes?  Find another blog.  This is the wrong place to find that out.  Listen to your muscles and go accordingly.  Ten miles IS a long ride depending on your physical capabilities.  Soon, it may just be a quick training ride...or a short, fun bike jaunt.

Give it a try.  You may find out that it's fun and good exercise.  Especially if you like to eat.  Doing those long rides requires energy.  Food provides that energy.  Yes, one and one does equal two.  Gotta love it.

Ok, done for today.  A tune for your enjoyment...Tina Turner.  "What's Love Got To Do With It".  One hot woman.  Enjoy.