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Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
20. Mai, 16:30 Uhr

I’m an avid car enthusiast and also love cycling. I take driving and cycling safety quite seriously. It’s been a common occurrence recently, as the weather is warming, for me to see more cyclists that are riding over the bike lane. Driving today, I passed two cyclists who were riding side by side such that one cyclist was over the bike lane. This is a very common occurrence where I live. I was under the impression that if you’re cycling on a shared road, it’s best to ride single file and to stay within your lane. Riding side by side makes you take up more room and more likely to ride into the car lane. Am I being a grumpy old man and is there something I’m missing, or is the concern for safety not a priority for these cyclists?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
05. Mai, 13:58 Uhr

I have a Schwinn Prelude 700c road bike. I bought it on Amazon and did the very little bit of assembly required. I've had the bike for 5 or 6 years now and have thus far done all of my maintenance myself (replacing popped tubes, adjusting derailleurs, greasing chain). I'd really like to be able to learn more in depth mechanics and I'm not sure what's the best place to do that. Old school books? Websites? YouTube videos? Anything you guys can throw at me would be great. Thanks!

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
09. Mai, 20:05 Uhr

Just got back from my first-ever century ride--52 miles. Not a lot of climbing (less than 1500 feet), but I'm exhausted. Last Wed I made my longest ride ever with 37 miles. Been mixing up my training since then and thought 50 would be no problem today. Was mistaken. Didn't die, but thought I might before I finished. Will never do it on a mountain bike again!! Last 15 miles and I thought my lower back was broken. Last 5-8 miles, my feet felt like my RaceFace Chesters had grown longer spikes and they were stabbing me thru the soles of my FiveTens! Was SO happy when I finally got back to my car. After I got out of the shower, I got an e-mail that my new road bike was delivered to my LBS this afternoon and is ready for pick-up. Been super anxious, awaiting it's arrival. So tired, I don't even care right now. I'll get it tomorrow. Thinking a full Century ride may be just a bit farther out than I was hoping for.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
02. Mai, 08:25 Uhr

Please delete if not allowed, but I am very proud \(and jealous... I am still struggling through 15\-mile rides at the moment\). I mention his age in the title only because he has been approached by people who say they're far too old for that kind of thing. And he says, "rubbish" haha. [Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in as little as six weeks](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Touring-Beginners-prepare-adventure/dp/1980915628/) Edit: [and the Kindle version!](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Touring-Beginners-2018-adventure-ebook/dp/B00J5LY30S/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525268075&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Bicycle+Touring+for+Beginners%3A+Train+and+prepare+for+your+cycling+adventure+in+as+little+as+six+weeks)

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
10. Mai, 20:21 Uhr

I live about 11 miles from my work which makes for a great bike commute...however we don't have showers at the office and I sweat like a freakin dog. So here's my routine \(for reference I live on the east coast of USA\) **Sunday evening:** * Pack up a suitcase with toiletries and outfits for 4 days \(tues\-fri\). * Fill up [this solar shower](https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Elements-Gallon-Summer-Shower/dp/B000J2KX88) \(which is a freaking beast, highly recommended\) * Fill up [this 6 gallon container](https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Desert-Patrol-6-Gal-Water-Jug/16537207?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227009595327&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=77812465849&wl4=pla-171620841649&wl5=1018200&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=16537207&wl13=&veh=sem) of water which will be my "shower" water for Wed\-Fri. **Monday Morning:** * Drive to work, leave car in parking lot near by the office. * Place solar shower on top of car, hopefully sun will warm it up tmrw morning * Bike home in the evening **Tue\-Fri:** * Wake up, boil water and place in a canteen \(about half a gallon\) * Bike to work \(11 miles\) * Get to my car * Add boiling water into solar shower \(which already has 2 gallons of water in it\) * Walk into the woods like a freaking serial killer and hang solar shower on a tree limb * Shower * Change, walk bike over to office * Around 4pm, go back to my car, pour 2 gallons of water from my 6 gallon jug into solar shower. Again, hopefully sun will warm it up tmrw morning * Get outfit ready for tmrw so I'm not rushing in AM * Bike home, do it all over again. On Friday, drive home in the evening. I'm not entirely sure why I shared this...but hope you enjoyed it! edit: formatting issues.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
03. Mai, 12:26 Uhr

Thank you to everyone that responded with words of wisdom and encouragement on my previous posts in here. I've been busting my ass on a department store mongoose hybrid that I got for $130, and it's literally falling apart. I've been getting in my long, uncomfortable rides at least 5 days a week for the last couple of months, and I have to carry a multi-tool just to tighten things up every few miles on this thing. I feel stronger, I'm losing weight, my mood is the best it's been in a while, and I'm sleeping like a baby! I go in after work today to a local bike shop to get fitted and pick up my Giant Contend 3. I know it's not the most expensive and high-end bike out there, but it's plenty of bike for me and I'm amped out of my mind for it! I hope to have a long and enjoyable relationship with cycling and to put a shitload of miles on this thing.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
14. Mai, 19:42 Uhr

On Saturday, my wife and I decided to go on our first century ride in Texas Hill Country. After 7 hours and 30 mins in 90F Texas heat, 102.5 miles on the saddle, 17mph headwind and 3,652ft of elevation gain, we enjoyed the best 2 beers we've ever tasted in our lives. It was tough but absolutely worth it. Cheers to new adventures and challenges. [Strava route!](https://imgur.com/sOgIn2S) *Route included these small beautiful towns: Columbus, Fayetteville, Roznov, Round Top, Shelby, Willow Spring, Rockhouse, Frelsburg, Mentz, New Ulm, Bernardo, Ramsey, Alleyton and back to Columbus*

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
13. Mai, 01:57 Uhr

Hi all, So I've only been biking for a month and a half now. I commute to work mostly, which is about 10 miles each way. My quads have been really sore, to the point that I took a week off to allow them to heal; even after 10 days they're still a bit sore. I also notice that when I start cycling, my quads tighten up and burn almost immediately and it takes about 10-15 minutes for the burning to go down. I've never experienced this type of feeling before and my legs feel extremely fatigued after 10 miles. That said, I'm wondering if my heavy lifting is the issue. I used to do low-rep high-weight deadlifts and squats 2-3 times a week. Now that I'm cycling more, I dropped the weightlifting to once a week. I know that the muscular development for maximal strength training is the different than that of endurance training, so could that be the reason why my legs get so fatigued so easily and stay sore for so long? If so, will maximal strength training prevent me from riding long distances in the future? Thanks in advance!

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
05. Mai, 01:00 Uhr

And by that I mean I'm pretty sure I just got my worst ride of the season out of the way today. Got heckled to get off the road for the first time in the park I usually ride. It was a bit baffling since it's the local metro parks where the speed limit is reduced for the exact reason that there are cyclists on the road AND there are sharrows throughout the park. Took pinch flat on the way back, felt a bit bad because I was with a couple of other people so I held everyone up switching out the tube. Taillight fell off later and I lost a battery and cracked the light. Stopping to retrieve it, I unclipped my right foot and then my bike preceded to lean left with my left foot still clipped so I ended up on the pavement. First time I got stuck in the pedals. There is an upside though, my left pedal scraped on the way down so I shaved off some weight, I've now got a lighter road machine! Only up from here is how I'm looking at it.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
17. Mai, 12:20 Uhr

I’m (F) newer to cycling (enough experience to know I really enjoy it), I want to invest in a good bike and there are a lot of great used options for my size in my area but almost no women’s road bikes. Is it worth it to wait for/buy a full priced women’s bike or should I get a better used bike my size so I can hit the road now?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
01. Mai, 15:16 Uhr

So I was wondering to start this bike project (budget around 150-200 euros), to make a shitty looking road bike for city use because some retards keep trying to steal my bikes, and they always go for my bikes even my vintage commuter and I am getting annoyed; oh it's locked, and the bastards start taking down the drivetrain with tools. The bike must look as shitty as possible; but be fast and reliable; there are just too many hills, and I ride too much everywhere Any ideas where to start?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
04. Mai, 08:59 Uhr

As a kid, I was always on a BMX bike. Got away from it for a few years and then into mountain biking for a couple of years in the early 90's. Last Summer I decided it was time for me to get my fat ass back in shape so I started riding again. I quickly migrated back to MTB and dove in deep. Was riding it on the roads a couple times a week, but my last few upgrades have made it less road-friendly. Yesterday I pulled the trigger on a new Fuji Sportif 1.3 (endurance road bike) with most of the components that I was looking for in a road bike. I'm happy as Hell that I've got a new bike coming, and can't wait. But what do I need now?? I've been riding flats on my mountain bike, but seriously considering clipless for road--but no idea where to start with decent pedals/shoes. I've got some lycra shorts, but looking at more "road clothing", as I'd like to dive fully into the roadie side of cycling. Found a suitable helmet, and I know I need some lights for safety. What else do I need?? Please help this trail rider get settled into road cycling. I know there are some things that I'm overlooking. Thanks in advance!

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
17. Mai, 00:01 Uhr

Recently purchased a road bike from the local shop [This one.](https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/roam-3-disc) Hopefully I didn't get the crappiest bike, but I haven't rode a bike in about 15 years give or take a couple so I really don't know how good a more expensive bike rides and that one was in my price range. Today I went for my first ride for 3.6 miles @ 24 minutes and was curious if I'm wasting my time on a bike or would it be an expected start. Should also note that I haven't exercised in a very very long time and weight approx. 290 lbs. Edit: thanks for the positive comments and insight! Didnt expect so many replies Edit 2: after all the little tips i received i went back out and did [6.5 miles @ 29:21!](https://imgur.com/tUHyUNu) My legs feel like jello but it was fun! Thanks again to those who left anything positive

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
17. Mai, 20:49 Uhr

Got pulled over on a group ride ride outside of Harris County in Waller, TX. The group was sticking perfectly to the right side of the road at around 20-25mph, and it was just some little back road anyway. Suddenly, a DPS officer drives up and pulls all of us over. He proceeds to yell at us, and then tells us we should in fact be riding AGAINST traffic, on the wrong side of the road. Ok I know not everyone knows bike laws but how dumb do you have to be to tell a vehicle to ride into oncoming traffic, especially when PUBLIC SAFETY is your job title?! Ok so we proceed to reasonably explain to him why that’s not true and he’s wrong, and he gets really mad and just drives off. Anyway, it was brought to the DPS office’s attention and that officer is getting a bit of a speech now, but it’s still ridiculous. tldr; contrary to what the department of public safety thinks, bicycles don’t have to ride into oncoming traffic. never thought i’d be saying this.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
12. Mai, 17:23 Uhr

So last year I wanted to get into cycling and got myself a canondale hybrid bike. I love it to the moon and back and chose a hybrid at the time because my area has plenty of bike lanes on roads as well as some trails that vary between dirt, gravel, and asphalt. The issue is I’ve ridden predominantly on roads and found it to more enjoyable and conducive to getting longer rides in. Would it be worth it to sell my hybrid and go for a road bike?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
04. Mai, 18:37 Uhr

I'm at the point where I don't want to talk to my best friend about cycling any more. I know that he is fitter, faster, can go further and has more expensive cycling equipment. I get it. He doesn't have to tell me every time I mention anything about cycling. I've recently started cycling again (as part of a fitness and weight loss regime) after a long time. I'm enjoying it and am having a lot of success with it. Unfortunately, I can't share any of that success with him as he treats cycling as a pissing contest. If I text him to tell him that I managed to break the 50km barrier, he'll reply that he went 100km. If I tell him I bought some new bars, he'll dismissively tell me he's got some of that that model in the shed. He and I have different motivations. I'm not a weekend warrior, and, for me, cycling isn't about saving a few grams. I have a nice touring bike (2002 Dawes Sardar) and am very happy riding through the mud on a river bank or along a footpath across a field using a paper map to get to a church in the countryside to look at the stained glass and sit in the sun eat a sweaty cheese sandwich in the church yard. I am really sick of him looking down on me because, to him, cycling is about distance and averages and Strava and Garmin and carbon. Last week he tried to insinuate that I'm not a real cyclist because I don't wear lycra and am not in a club. He seems to be under the impression that he and I are in competition with each other. Frankly, he's being a dick and I'm sick of his undermining behaviour. Anyone got any advice of how to deal with this?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
19. Mai, 20:48 Uhr

Just this time last year I was hurling curses at a group ride taking 1 whole lane of a 2 lane road. "Why would anyone do such a stupid thing!?!? You could get killed doing that!" Less than a year later, I'm doing the same exact thing on a beautiful Spring morning. Aside from making me a hypocrite, cycling has also made me a better driver by making me more patient, attentive, and relaxed. I'm a slow cyclist and it takes me a while to get anywhere, it's a humbling experience when other cyclists fly by you at 20+mph up a 5% grade while you're struggling at 7mph :). On top of that, even spending an hour cycling helps to remind me of all the sights and smells I'm missing when I'm driving; I'm not sure why but it's made me much more relaxed while driving.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
11. Mai, 10:38 Uhr

I'll go first. So the bike I have now is my first road bike, I've had it for about 2 months. I've been using flat pedals up until 3 days ago when I decided to buy shoes and SPD-SL pedals. The first day I took it for a short 10km ride and had no problems at all, enjoyed being "locked-in" to the bike actually. It was getting dark so I put the bike to sleep for the night. The next morning I'm keen to get back on and go for a spin, but first I had to make a few adjustments. So I changed the seat height slightly, tightened up the pedal engagement slightly, put my shoes on and took it for a very short spin to the end of the driveway. Turned around and blasted back to the garage. Got near the end and put the brakes on hard to feel the sweet disc brakes, came to a quick stop as I planned... ...and promptly fell over with my feet securely attached to the pedals. Took a bit of bark off my knee from the concrete. But wait, there's more (apparently I'm a slow learner). So today I went for a long (47km) ride. I'd gotten about 35km through the ride and thought I was getting the hang of them. Confidence was high. I'm riding slowly behind cars coming up to a roundabout so I don't have to unclip. The cars are slowing more, I'm slowing more... ...and then I promptly fell over with my feet securely attached to the pedals. In the middle of the road. With cars behind me. Hopefully I've learnt my lesson now. I'd like to hear other peoples beginner clipless stories, if only to make me feel better.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
18. Mai, 19:38 Uhr

Wanted to go clipless now that I have my first-ever road bike. Also wanted a power meter so I killed two birds with one stone and got a pair of PowerTap P1 pedals. I also picked up some carbon shoes to treat my feet. Got everything installed and linked to my Wahoo and all excited to test it out. Tried them out, over and over in my living room. No problem. Got ready to take a ride and went thru the process several more times while holding onto my mailbox. No problem. Got to the end of my neighborhood and unclipped both feet prematurely. No problem. Came upon more empty intersections and practiced track stands, as well as unclipping quickly. No problem. Went for 4 miles, climbing big hills thru the country club up the street and then came flying down the hill. Saw there was a line of traffic coming from my left at the 4-way stop, but nothing in front of me. Dumped gears (had been descending) as I approached my stop sign. Awesome track stand as I waved the lady thru (was her turn, but she looked nervous). She went, I followed ... oh fuck ... no tension when I pushed the pedals ... my chain had come off when I dumped those gears. Slow motion, "FUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKK". Just as I predicted, lots of onlookers, and I fell over the curb and caught the edge of the sidewalk just a couple inches above my elbow. Looked like the fat end of a large chicken egg trying to push thru the skin. Gonna have a beer and practice some more in my living room before really embarrassing myself on a group ride in the AM!

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
17. Mai, 21:36 Uhr

You can be certain that they were changing to red as you arrived and these ones usually take 2 minutes to change back. But the moment you even consider rehydrating you can be sure you'll be caught with your bottle out in front of 8 cars

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
02. Mai, 20:52 Uhr

Despite never really riding a bike as a kid (took me until age 8 to learn- I am not athletic) I bought a gorgeous pastel Dutch bike with basket and all the pretty features on a whim, then got sad that it was getting cobwebby in the garage. So I've been commuting to work for the last couple of weeks, about 20mins each way on and mostly park and side roads, so nothing major. But there was a hill on the way back that daunted and drained me the first time, I had to get off and push (while being overtaken by little kids!) Every day I've managed to do a little more and make it to a slightly further lamppost before giving in. But now I've finally done it without having to get off! I was so proud. Now onto the next challenge... Tl;dr- lazy, unfit lass manages to do something that 6 years olds can do and is proud of this.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
08. Mai, 12:57 Uhr

Hi I have booked a flight to Dubrovnik \(Croatia\) in August and flying back 3 weeks later. The plan is to cycle into nearby countries. I am going with a friend who is a keen cyclist and wants to cycle 120km per day. I am 23, she is 22. We are both very fit, although she actually does cycling. I go to the gym 5 days a week \(weight training\) and run 5km once a week \(takes me 23 minutes\). I don't actually do much cycling. The last time I cycled was last summer and I did 25 miles \(40 km\) although at a leisurely pace. I didn't really find it physically demanding but was more mental \(when I normally exercise I'm done within an hour or so\). It was also a one off cycle... in other words once I did the cycle that was it. When I go travelling, I will be cycling pretty much every day for 3 weeks so it's more about consistency. The old saying "it's a marathon not a sprint" will be true. I said to my friend I've never really gone for it/pushed myself when it comes to cycling so I don't know what I'm capable of but 120km \(on a regular basis\) is quite a big jump from the 40km I've done only once. I'm going to try and compromise and see if we can cycle 80km a day. Do you think I could realistically do this? From now until August I am going to try and cycle 40km a week \(either one 40km cycle at the weekend, or commute to work through the week which will be about 40km by the end of the week\). I'm going to rent a bike when I'm out there. On top of this, the weather will be averaging around 30 degrees celcius \(86 degrees Hi I have booked a flight to Dubrovnik \(Croatia\) in August and flying back 3 weeks later. The plan is to cycle into nearby countries. I am going with a friend who is a keen cyclist and wants to cycle 120km per day. I am 23, she is 22. We are both very fit, although she actually does cycling. I go to the gym 5 days a week \(weight training\) and run 5km once a week \(takes me 23 minutes\). I don't actually do much cycling. The last time I cycled was last summer and I did 25 miles \(40 km\) although at a leisurely pace. I didn't really find it physically demanding but was more mental \(when I normally exercise I'm done within an hour or so\). It was also a one off cycle... in other words once I did the cycle and that was it. When I go travelling, I will be cycling pretty much every day for 3 weeks so it's more about consistency. The old saying "it's a marathon not a sprint" will be true. I said to my friend I've never really gone for it/pushed myself when it comes to cycling so I don't know what I'm capable of but 120 km \(on a regular basis\) is quite a big jump from the 40km I've done only once. I'm going to try and compromise and see if we can cycle 80 km a day. Do you think I could realistically do this? From now until August I'm going to try and cycle 40km a week \(either one 40km cycle at the weekend, or commute to work through the week which will be about 40km by the end of the week\). I'm going to rent a bike when I'm out there. On top of this, the weather will be averaging around 30 Degrees Celcius \(86 Degrees Fahrenhit\)\)

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
07. Mai, 22:38 Uhr

[Photo of carnage](https://imgur.com/a/oBNDecH) How it happened: * Decided to hop on the "old" bike after couple months off * Set it up on trainer I've used 30+ times * Re-attached sensor * Heard clicking noise while pedaling * Stopped, got off, examined, saw no contact from sensors, adjusted trainer tension * Got back on pedaled up to decent cadence, then faster, then faster, click click BOOM * Carbon fiber everywhere Am I looking at a totally new bike here? How much is this going to cost me? Does Giant do repairs?

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
13. Mai, 17:25 Uhr

I’ve only been a roadie since March and living in a very flat bit of the UK means I haven’t had much experience yet (and the weather has been horrendous until very recently). The most i had ridden until today was 22 miles on flat. Today I did a 40 miler and climbed over 800m. I’m dead but I’ve had the most fabulous day. If anyone has any tips for pushing through the burn, they’d be much appreciated!

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
15. Mai, 10:54 Uhr

Headwounds really ooze a lot of blood, lol. Only needed a few stitches but my bike is destroyed. Luckily the guy was driving rather slowly but he didn't seem to notice me until after I bounced off his front.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
07. Mai, 03:02 Uhr

I rode in the Shiner GASP yesterday from Austin to Shiner, TX. It was very difficult, but holy cow, it was awesome. By mile 75, I thought I was done. At 81, I had to take a quick break, and conked out for about 15 minutes in the shade. After that though, I picked it back up and finished strong! Overall, I broke 7 hours, coming in at 6:54 door-to-door. Dammit, I love cycling. I’ve got the bug.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
10. Mai, 01:53 Uhr

https://youtu.be/FZIe28ix008

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
15. Mai, 23:24 Uhr

The [recent charges](https://www.outsideonline.com/2301716/driver-who-was-charged-murder?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=redditlink) brought against Ronnie Ramon Huerta Jr. for fatally striking a cyclist during the Tour de Palm Springs are incredibly rare.

Uuq3hepqbetw3vy3 cycling
16. Mai, 14:20 Uhr

From where I stand, the most exciting form of transportation technology is more than 100 years old—and it’s probably sitting in your garage. [It’s the bicycle.](https://www.wired.com/story/vehicle-future-bike/)

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