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cycling
25. August, 02:08 Uhr

Hey all, appreciate any help.   I’ve been bike commuting for the last 4 or so years and have been on a few multi-day bikepacking rides, always been hefty but got hit by a car 6 months ago and let my health go to shit. Am planning on riding the Tasmanian Trail (Devonport > Dover and then up to Hobart, ~500km) end of the year and want to enjoy it rather than be struggling the whole time. Have just had some heavy dude wheels made, bought a Lezyne Mega XL gps unit and wanted to use it to do some training. I got a HRM and a Cadence sensor upon recommendation of a mate but don’t actually know how to best use these tools to train. The Lezyne app suggests I use Training Peaks or Today’s Plan. I don’t have space for an indoor trainer but I live next to a lake with a ~6km circuit that’s very safe that I think I could train effectively on. Before the accident I had gotten my lap times under 11 minutes but I’m presently back up to 14 minutes.   Can anyone offer good advice for someone wanting to get onto the first rung of fitness training?   - Do I need to work out my resting heart rate / max heart rate and then just sit in the ~80% max heart rate kind of zone? - Would Today’s Plan or Training peaks send data to my Lezyne Mega XL to tell me to ride harder / slower or something? - do Today’s plan or training peaks cater to fatties or is there not really a good ‘couch to 100km’ kind of option for cycling? - is it completely impractical to start using these training apps for outdoor training? - how comprehensive would these training plans be? Ideally I want something that I can allocate an hour or two per day to, and just turn up, hit go and follow the instructions fairly mindlessly - I have a premium strava account, can I use that for training purposes instead of getting another subscription? - I’m hyper aware that most weight loss occurs in the kitchen but have struggled with weight all my life. Went from 150kg down to 110kg 10 years ago but haven’t kept it all off. *** **Edit: So I've kinda screwed up here... what I've asked is a) how to lose weight and what I was aiming to get out of this was b) specifics of starting a training plan. Sorry for the miscommunication** because I got quite helpful answers to the title and some of the issues I'm experiencing... it's just that I know the theory of how to lose weight already; eat less, burn more calories than I'm taking in. I lost 40kg when I was ~23 through being extremely strict with my diet and walking at least 3 hours every day, going to gym a few times a week etc... but what really helped me kick that off and dive into the strict diet was that really good feeling after a hard workout when a friend helped me with a training plan right at the start. I'd feel exhausted but really satisfied ... and even though I was hungry and had cravings I wouldn't want to undo all the good work I was doing in the gym. I'm hoping to replicate that initial feeling with cycling training and was hoping someone would have some first-hand insight after having used these apps themselves. I guess I'm after the motivation boost of having a calendar of training laid out for me (and to look back upon). Has anyone used Today's Plan or Training Peaks from a beginner level and found they've seen solid improvements over a few months?

cycling
06. September, 20:04 Uhr

I'm 15F. It was drizzling, so I was riding in a poncho to school. I got doored by a parked pickup truck, who then closed its door and sped off. An ambulance, fire truck, and police were called. They put me in a c-collar and on a spine board, and took me to the ER. 8 hours later, I'm out, with a diagnosis of a concussion and AC separation. I get pain meds and muscle relaxers and 2 days off school. The police have it on surveillance camera and have a BOLO for the vehicle. Reminder to all to watch for assholes, and if you do have a unfortunate encounter that results in you being injured, don't move and have someone call 911, and try to note the make, model, and license plate of a vehicle if they flee.

cycling
07. August, 16:19 Uhr

I'm originally from the state of Louisiana, so no surprise by this ignorance: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/08/06/after-cycling-politician-is-killed-louisiana-parish-seeks-to-make-biking-harder/

cycling
13. September, 15:53 Uhr

Is it possible to commute 20 miles, 10 miles to work, 10miles home mon-friday? I'm currently catching a ride with my bike and doing the 10 mile back home after work, but noticing fatigue around thursday/friday. Eventually i want to get to and from work(20miles). Will this fatigue pass if i keep at it, or should i change up the routine?

cycling
26. September, 17:53 Uhr

After some deliberation in [this thread](https://www.reddit.com/r/cycling/comments/9gtgee/brake_caliper_upgrade_tektro_r540s_to_tiagra/) about suitability of these calipers with my Tiagra 4700 brake levers, I've recently sourced and last night fitted a pair of Shimano 105 5800 series calipers to my Boardman Team Carbon in place of the original Tektro R540s. Below is a summary for anyone interested - the Boardmans are a popular bike on this side of the pond and the 5800 calipers are a bargain currently thanks to the release of the 7000 series subsquent clearance of the older line. It's been a long time since I changed a pair of calipers but I took my time, used the right tools and consulted internet grown-ups when necessary.. **Front** I'd not considered the need to remove the ally cable-end, but furtunately (or indeed not as will be seen later) this came off with just my fingers, the cable clamp slackened off and the cable withdrawn from the caliper. The front caliper came off after some consternation since its mounting bolt was stuck inside the fork. This was got out by re-fitting the nut on the rear a little and tapping it forward via a the 3/8" drive hex-driver I used to unscrew it. Note that the nut is recessed pretty deep inside the fork and you won't reach it with the short end of a conventional allen key. The new front caliper came with 5 nuts of different lengths. I tried all in turn in the forks (without the caliper) from longest to shortest to find the correct one. They should bottom out inside the forks on their flange at the rear, not their front edge - the heads of those that were too long sat further back in the hole in the forks than the shorter ones. Eventually when the shorter ones start registering on the flange, all sizes seat in the forks to the same depth. I used the longest of these; which was reassuringly the closest in size to the nut that came off my old calipers. The new caliper was fitted to the frame with no dramas; the shoes were pretty much where they needed to be and the caliper was held in the closed position against the rim while its retaining bolt in the fork was nipped up, in an effort to centre it (which worked well). The brake cable was re-routed through the new caliper; which is where another problem was encountered. The Jagwire cables fitted to the bike wouldn't seat in the threaded cable adjustor on the caliper - their OD being around 5.6mm, the hole in the adjustor being 5.45mm. Since the bike was now unrideable and I wanted to get the job done, I swapped the cable adjustor over from the old Tektro calipers (6.1mm ID) which fitted fine as they apparently share the same (M6?) thread. The cable was clamped into a suitable position with it held nearly closed. Shoe postions were set by slackening off their retaining bolts and moving them into correct positioning on the rim while maintaining some pressure on the brake lever; holding them gently in contact with the rim and stop them moving, before being nipped up. **Rear** The rear was more straightforward; knowing what I did about the adjustor / wire issue I undid the cable clamp and just unscrewed the whole adjustor from the caliper without removing it from the cable / having to remove the ally finisher crimped onto the end. The caliper came off without sticking and was replaced with the new one. The original Tektro cable adjustor was screwed into the new caliper with a touch of oil on the threads. Another problem was then encountered; in that the adjustor sits lower on the 105s than it did on the R540s - meaning the cable should by rights be a bit longer. I managed to draw the cable outer through the frame by maybe 15-20mm, which gave me enough to correctly sit inside the cable adjustor. Thankfully there was still enough cable at the front of the bike to prevent it rubbing the frame, unless the steering was turned to 90 degrees but I don't ever intend riding like that! The rear caliper was set up the same as the front and I went out for a test ride. ​ **First Impressions** When applying progressively more force to the Tektro brakes on the stationary bike significant flex could be seen in the arms of the caliper; making the brake operation feel spongy. The 105s still suffer this to an extent, however not as much. In addition the 105s definitely have a lot more "bite" so less force is required at the brake lever to stop. Maximium braking force seems significantly higher with the 105s - with the Tektros you'd apply a fair bit of force and feel like any more wasn't really going to stop you any quicker, while with the 105s there seems like a better, more linear relationship between force input at the lever and output at the rim. While both front and rear brakes feel significantly better than the Tektros they replaced, the rear feels more spongy than the front - I suspect because of its longer cable length (more stretch) and / or less current pad bearing area. Out on the test ride the brakes feel noticeably less spongy and more effective for the lower levels of force required at the lever; both of which inspire more confidence and plays well with the bike's responsiveness in terms of accelerating in other directions (forwards and corners). When the original calipers were removed I noticed that some of the wear surfaces of the pads were untouched, presumably because the pads had not sufficiently bedded in yet. I assume this will also be the case with the Shimanos too, so expect braking performance to improve with use. I also measured the ratios between input cable travel and output caliper travel - a bit of a bodge as it approximated angular movement as linear, but gave a reasonable idea. The Tektros gave a ratio of 1.66:1 cable travel to change in distance between the two pads, while the Shimanos gave around 1.61:1. In the real world next to no difference; and one that could be explained away as measurement error in any case. **Conclusion** While not quite a 100% straight swap I'm very happy with the new calipers - they've increased braking performance markedly and were (IMO) well worth the £40 or so that the pair cost me. If you're in a similar situation with less-than-great Tektro originals with Tiagra 4700 shifters ( I don't think they'll work with 4600 and earlier) I'd suggest it's a well-worthwhile upgrade before the old stock of bargain 105 5800 calipers is exhausted ;)

cycling
28. August, 15:54 Uhr

I was doing the clubie on Sunday and a guy in front of me was vaping some sort of strawberry flavor. I rode up and asked if that was indeed a vape pen and he replied, "I always vape on the bike. Keeps me awake." I can't say for sure if it's good or bad, and honestly I guess a nicotine stimulus could benefit but, really? Just wondering home many of you regulars do it too.

cycling
24. August, 22:42 Uhr

TL;DR: if you have bad brakes it could be the cables. So I got my first road bike a few months back (an beautiful used 80s peugeot racer) and I noticed that while the bike runs smoothly and is very light for a steel framed bike, the brakes were pretty bad in the dry and NOTHING in the wet. I red some articles and put it down to the steel rims on the wheels so I made a post here to ask what brake pads would be best for steel rims. However when I took it to my bike shop to see what they recommended pad-wise they actually recommended I change out the cables, which they did for only £10. The difference is amazing! The first time I tried it out I thought I was going over the bars! I haven't tried it in the wet yet but if you are having brake problems think about the cables, I had no idea it made such a difference!

cycling
26. August, 14:35 Uhr

Had a 8 point buck jump out of the woods right beside me 15 minutes into a FTP test this morning. Much harder to get that kind of adrenaline rush inside on the trainer.

cycling
16. August, 19:23 Uhr

Finally gotten around to build up that old frame I had lying around! I documented it a little bit, as inspiration for others ;-) [https://imgur.com/a/M5gDamU](https://imgur.com/a/M5gDamU) Can absolutely recommend a randonneur style bike - they're very versatile yet fast, so a lot of fun!

cycling
05. September, 17:07 Uhr

Really just coming here to commiserate because I'm totally devastated. Last year I landed myself in hospital for a near lethal heroin overdose and I had truly lost all hope. After that I was struggling to stay clean every day, but I decided to buy a road bike with the money I'd saved not doing drugs and once I was in the saddle, staying clean, coping with depression, anxiety and PTSD, even losing my job because I needed to spend a lot of time getting medical treatment, was all so much easier because I had found a physical outlet that got me higher than any drug ever could. This morning, two days after I hit 6 months without a relapse, I walked outside to go for a ride and found someone had cut my chains and taken off with my pride and joy. It was only a Dawes from Bikes Direct, but I loved it with all of my heart. I cried for a couple of hours while I waited for the police. I have no money to replace it, no means to get to the jobs I've been applying for and no outlet to help me manage my mental illness and recovery. Even at the height of my addiction, I never stole from anyone, and I would never dream of taking someone's bike away when I truly understand the value of fitness and dopamine in a world where everyone struggles in their own way. Now I keep looking at my helmet and tearing up. I just hope the bike thief finds riding is better than using like I did, maybe then it'll be worth it. Otherwise, I hope they get hemorrhoids 🙏

cycling
12. August, 14:23 Uhr

Hey Do you have any Tips for cycling while being on your period?

cycling
03. August, 20:23 Uhr

I’ve just been spinning on the regs.. and I thought I was pretty good. The spin class I go to has lots of stats, like watts, spivi, distance.. and u get measured against fellow class mates. I normally come top 10%. Today, I went out on my bike for real. A 25mile ride. Damn it was hard. All the stopping, starting.. a couple of hill climbs where u can’t actually give up. I’m ‘good’ on the flats but those hills.. arghh. I’m 100kg and 6ft2, muscular. But damn it was hard. A good feeling hard. I’m joining a cycling club nearby. We’re going out on Sunday morning. I’m on the easy ride. I wonder if I’m actually terrible or I can hold my own with the beginners?! They’re doing a 60-80km with a cafe stop. Am I just shit? I probs need to lose a 10kg. I nervous about being crap. Just ranting babble now. Waiting for my dinner to finish cooking.

cycling
08. November, 09:07 Uhr

Realized that I forgot keys to the house yesterday at the end of my ~20 km commute back from work. Fives minutes after which followed a realization my rear tire is busted. Spent an hour changing the tire wearing nothing but shorts and a thin jersey in 8 degrees Celsius in complete darkness right in front of my (locked) gate. [Fuuuuun](https://imgur.com/a/bPD8ZfS). So, what's your horror story?

cycling
10. September, 12:11 Uhr

Hi all. I'm a 31 yo male, 187 cm, ~85 kg; been cycling a decent amount (averaging rides of 45km@27+kmh) in the last two years, but without sticking to any training regimen, and with a mtb fitted with road tires. I'm generally fit, my main sport is climbing (2/3 times a week, pretty exhausting trainings), but I enjoy cycling for cardio training and the bike is my main mean of transport. In a couple months I'll be facing a 5day/week commute of ~70km (35 morning,35evening) on flat road, at sea level altitude. I'm looking for a road bike for this purpose, to maximize efficiency. I'd like to use it as my daily dose of cardio, but I'm unsure about how much of a toll on my energies it will take. Anybody with a similar experience would like to share it? edit: thanks everybody for sharing! Haven't decided yet what I'll do, but now I got many more ideas than when I first came here. hybrid commuting (train 2days+bike 3days) looks promising, this way I get rest days (where I can train for climbing) and my workout, only downside is wasting a lot of value of the monthly train subscription. But I found lots of other good food for thoughts! Cheers GZ

cycling
06. Oktober, 20:56 Uhr

Day one of the hilly hundred in Indiana was today and it was pretty fun although I saw some things from other riders that made me mad. 1. Riding on the center line or in the left lane with nobody around you. Why? 2. People not getting over when you tell car back even on nice roads and nobody to the right. 3. Passing on the left lane on a blind corner. This is dangerous and could kill you, never ever do this. 4. Riding right in the center and not allowing others past you on a downhill. 5. Stopping in the middle of the road. There was a pace line to my left and I was pushed to the right. The one person in front of me brakes suddenly and I almost ate it while going ~30 mph. 6. Running red lights. Dangerous and illegal, no matter the situation is this is just a jerk move. EDIT: I will be adding any other problems I think of or people point out. 7. Everybody on a bike from the Walmart hardtails riders to the $15,000 aero extravaganzas do these things. 8. People who are 2-4 abreast in the lane and have a blatant disregard for anybody trying to pass. You have to share the road too.

cycling
16. September, 11:20 Uhr

I really like this bike I found on Craigslist, but it's Women Specific Design. The frame design doesn't seem like it'll cause problems, but is there anything I should know about?

cycling
03. September, 16:43 Uhr

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cycling
04. August, 15:48 Uhr

Sorry for the TMI in advance. So my penis and scrotum are numb after doing my first century ride almost 22 hours ago. It is not at numb as it was when I went to bed last night... After Googling the subject, I’m worried about permanent nerve damage. How long should I wait before seeing a doctor? If it’s not back to normal feeling by Monday, should I be concerned? Has anyone experienced more than and day of numbness and it taken a few days to go away? UPDATE: Feeling is slowly coming back to my junk. It’s not 100% yet, but I’m going to give it the rest of today and see if it continues to improve and make an appointment with my doctor if it doesn’t. Special thanks to those who have commented and given their experiences with numbness lasting over 24 hours. Also, thank you all for the advice and suggestions. I’m a newbie to cycling and will definitely not get back on the saddle until I can try different saddles, saddle positions, and get another (better) bike fitting done. I did get a bike fit done 1.5 weeks ago, but it might’ve been a mistake not going on a longer than 20 min ride before the century to know if the fit was right. The bike fit did help with strain to my back, shoulders, and wrists- apparently not my groin. It was definitely stupid of me for not getting a bike fit done months in advance of the century.

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)

cycling
10. August, 09:28 Uhr

I've come across this: [https://www.cycleplan.co.uk/health-benefits-of-cycling/](https://www.cycleplan.co.uk/health-benefits-of-cycling/) which opened my eyes to so many health benefits of cycling. Initially I cycled to lose weight and boost endurance, but there are so many! What's your favourite?

cycling
13. August, 03:41 Uhr

There's link going around reddit of the effects of exercise on mental health. There are a few discussions already in [r/fitness](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/comments/96o1bx/really_interesting_new_study_exploring_the/) and [r/science](https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/96ouhs/researchers_have_found_that_different_kinds_of/). The [study](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30227-X/fulltext) specifically called out certain types of exercise as having a positive effect on mental health: >The largest associations were seen for popular team sports (22·3% lower), cycling (21·6% lower), and aerobic and gym activities (20·1% lower), as well as durations of 45 min and frequencies of three to five times per week. How has cycling helped your mental health? I find it interesting that exercising *too much* could have the opposite effect. In my totally anecdotal experience, those long, multi-hour rides are the most therapeutic.

cycling
20. September, 07:40 Uhr

[Link to BBC article (with video)](https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45572277)

cycling
04. August, 05:00 Uhr

Picked up an unexpected Strava QOM in the process as well! Even at age 61, micro intervals and hill repeats pay off 👍 [Here's the Relive video of the ride](https://www.relive.cc/view/1747673378)

cycling
18. Oktober, 15:31 Uhr

If cycling is your drug of choice, what problems are you trying to avoid?

cycling
08. August, 02:17 Uhr

I had made this ID with the hope of using it to document my hike of the North Country Trail through North Dakota. Unfortunately, that didn't work out. 2 days into the hike and I was done. Every single muscle hurt, heels were completely shredded with worn blisters. All that even after doing some decent training walks and what I thought was properly breaking in my new boots. I had done a long distance walk before, and that was in Spain, over mountains and crap on the Camino de Santiago, so I thought the pancake-flat land of North Dakota would be a piece of cake. How wrong I was. I just wasn't up to the challenge. Needless to say I was pretty down about the whole thing. My fitness levels have always been poor, but I seriously needed to evaluate myself now. I knew I had to do something, especially since I planned on going back to Spain next summer, but now I was seriously questioning that. So, I thought, screw it, I'll buy a bike. The last time I owned a bike, the Huffy Sledgehammer was cool. I was 13 and in 8th grade. I got my license the next year and after that thought, "What's the point of a bike?" (You used to be able to get your license at 14 here.) Over the years, as I grew both up and out, I would occasionally hop on friends' bikes and give them a try. They always felt so wobbly and unsteady, thin and flimsy, or they were so freaking small it was like riding a child's bike. All this ran through my mind as I began my search for a bicycle. Most bikes aren't designed with a 6'3, 300 lb guy in mind. So I started looking. "Hey this one looks like it might work! Oh, it's 2 grand. Well, what about this one? $1300. That one? $500." It was hard to justify spending so much money on something that I might not even stick with. So I started looking at the second-hand market around here, which is pretty slim pickings. Cheap Walmart bikes which at that point in my research I knew to steer clear of, or someone selling their $2000 bike for $1000. And hardly anything in my size. The way things work, the more you look at a topic, the more targeted advertising gets you. So I saw an ad for Diamondback. Clicked on it and looked around their site and came across the Edgewood. $179 with the sale they had going on, so it was within my budget. Plus, heavy people such as myself are often steered towards "comfort" bikes, which this was, but wasn't nearly as dorky looking as some of the others I'd seen. Ah, what the hell? I ordered it. (Sorry this next part turns into a big r/hailcorporate, but I LOVE my Diamondback!) 3 days later, this huge box is at my door. The assembly was pretty easy. I just had to put on the handlebars, the front wheel, the seat, the pedals, and hook up the brakes. And I was off. Well, I was off after adjusting the seat height and handlebars, but I was off on my first real bike ride in well over 20 years. I instantly felt secure on the bike. It was solid. The only thing that was insecure was me, but like they say, you never forget how to ride a bike, and soon it was all coming back to me. I made my way over to the bike trail in town. It's a paved path that runs along the river. I was surprised at how easy it was to shift. I've never had a bike with trigger shifters before. Much easier than those old lever things on a Huffy where you pretty much had to wrench on the things to get them to shift. But the way this thing shifted made it easy to shift down when going up a hill. The only problem was that it didn't want to shift onto the smallest cog. But I didn't care. I was having fun. I even PASSED a couple of people! I made a loop and headed back home to do some more adjustments. I even watched a few youtube videos and managed to get my derailleur working. So I went back out for another quick ride. When I got home, I pulled up the trail map and saw I had ridden 4 miles. I couldn't believe it. It didn't seem like 4 miles. Maybe like 1 mile, but not 4. The next day I couldn't wait to get out again. This time I did 7 miles. I got some serious charlie horses in my thighs and sort of spent the whole ride trying to "adjust" myself so I was constantly squishing and shifting my fellas. (Boxers don't work on bikes after puberty. I've since remedied that issue with boxer briefs.) This is now my 3rd week with the bike. I've been trying to put at least 10 miles on a day. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't. But today I went big and did 15. It's strange. I can't remember the last time I looked forward to doing something that was good for me. I'm currently laid-off from my job, but it's starting back up again next week. I intend to ride to work until the snow stops me from doing so. I may not reach my 10 miles a day, (12 hour shifts really take it out of me), but hopefully I can at least put some miles on when I'm working, and even more on my days off. I'm hoping I can get my fitness up and some weight off so I'm able to make another pilgrimage in Spain next summer. Riding these past few days also has me thinking about becoming a better cyclist as well. I'd love get a proper mountain bike and take on some trails that are in the area, although I know I'm a long way from that. To anyone that might be reading this who is on the fence about getting a bike, get off! Go buy one! Find one that fits you and your budget. If my poor, fat ass can find a bike and enjoy it, I'm sure yours can to!

cycling
05. August, 13:36 Uhr

So today I went to a cycle lesson laid on for free by our local public transport authority, hoping to finally learn to ride after failing miserably as a lazy kid and never bothering as an adult. I've got to give props to the instructors who were incredibly patient and supportive, along with the other students there who willed each other on and celebrated each others successes. The really positive environment meant in an hour and a half I went from struggling to balance and constantly fearing falling off, to confidently cycling round a 1km track, which I'm so pleased with. I didn't want to stop, so I'll be looking to buy a bike and building up to commuting to work as soon as I can afford to.

cycling
08. Oktober, 00:55 Uhr

This is just a quick update to this post.... [https://www.reddit.com/r/cycling/comments/9icoxp/its\_the\_small\_victories\_that\_keep\_me\_coming\_back/](https://www.reddit.com/r/cycling/comments/9icoxp/its_the_small_victories_that_keep_me_coming_back/) So, I've been out walking and riding the last few weeks to improve my fitness level and took on the hill ride again today. I've been doing the hill ride once a week and slowly getting better at it. Today, I unlocked the "no stops" achievement. I went up and over that hill without a single stop in both directions. In fact, the only stops I had for the whole ride was at a stop light (both going and coming back). I had gone back and tallied up my first climb and I had something like 11 stops to get me there. Plus, I had to walk my bike up some of the hill. My heart rate spiked pretty good during my climbing but I was able to make it over the top of the hill in both directions. I also had a much higher average heart rate for today's ride than previous rides. That's what happens when you recover while riding instead of along the trail. Nonetheless, I'm feeling better and better as I improve on the climbs. Looking back to the end of August, my wife and I took on this little ride for the first time. It took us 1 hour 32 minutes. Today we finished in 1 hour 7 minutes. She is still kicking my ass on the hills (as she should since I am double her weight). But, I am starting to notice that I am catching up with her a bit as we climb (or at least not losing her as much). I even passed her at the top of one climb as she had to stop (and I didn't). She also passed me once as well. We both decided it was a really good day of riding. I appreciate you guys indulging me on celebrating some small victories. These type of achievements are what keeps me coming back. Next achievement to unlock is doing it all in less than an hour.

cycling
12. September, 16:18 Uhr

Not too long ago, I used to be one of those drivers who would honk at cyclists on the road and angrily pass them at the first chance I would get. I rationalized this behaviour by thinking they should not be on the road due to how slow they are and how because of that, they cause traffic. I would always get annoyed when they weren't hugging the curb and I wasn't able to pass them. Then I got a road bike. At first I said to myself I'm gonna be better than those ******** and ride on the sidewalk, hug the curb, let cars pass easily and avoid getting in the way. And so I did. Or at least I tried. At first I tried riding through the sidewalks as to avoid being a hypocrite by using the bicycle roads shared with cars. This was a bust. The sidewalks were bumpy and pedestrians always had me stopping. I was always wary I might bump into someone. Then I tried what I said I wouldn't do. I excused myself by saying I would hug the curve and avoid getting in the way. But it wasn't as easy as I first thought. For starters, there's lots of fissures on the roads I ride through which make it impossible to hug the curb. Keep in mind these are the same roads some of the cyclists I hated on were going through. Finally it hit me. Cyclists ARE trying not to get in the way. It's just drivers don't realize it because tiny fissures and most other bad roads are not something they have to think about. They don't even have to think about other cars where as cyclists have to always be aware of their sorroudings. One wrong move and you could end up dead. I have already had a couple experiences where I'm in the right but had to stop because some drivers would not make the stop sign. Perspective is a powerful tool to make the other side understand. If every driver had to bike everywhere they had to go, just for one day, I think almost all of these driver-cyclist conflicts would end. Now whenever I drive and bump into a cyclist, I relate with them and how they ARE trying as best not to cause traffic and stay out of the way. Anyway, this was my conversion story haha. TL:DR : I used to hate cyclists then I got a road bike and changed my mind.

cycling
09. August, 20:48 Uhr

On the 18th of July I cycled from Liverpool all the way to Barry in South Wales on my single speed. It was one hell of a challenge it was 196 miles with 10,000ft of elevation and a very slow time of 23 hours (over two days). Super proud of myself and managed to raise a decent amount of money for charity. I wouldn't have been able to do without the great information on this sub reddit, thank you! I'm not sure if this is allowed but I documented my trip and made a film. Would love it if you could give it a watch! [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CtSPt3e8gs&lc=z22zgdsq3p3lzvn1uacdp434nahp5fhlecjblbsqaodw03c010c](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CtSPt3e8gs&lc=z22zgdsq3p3lzvn1uacdp434nahp5fhlecjblbsqaodw03c010c)

cycling
31. August, 05:20 Uhr

https://rdnewsnow.com/article/596846/red-deer-mom-gets-suspects-hand-over-sons-stolen-bike

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