Newbie Needs Road Cycling Advice OR "Help Playing in Traffic"

Newbie Needs Road Cycling Advice OR "Help Playing in Traffic"

Post by John Border » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


><I just bought a Trek 7300 to get around town on, as well as for exercise.
><I've been just riding on my quiet backstreets.
><
><I haven't been on a cycle in 25+ years. I'm still getting used to it,
><trying to cycle in a straight line, etc.
><
><I need advice on road cycling.
><
><Any advice is greatly appreciated. Gear, technique, etc., etc.

My advice to you would be to first join a local bicycling league.  Here in
Honolulu there is an organization called the Hawaii Bicycling League.
From them you can usually find out who might be willing to offer a couple
months training for beginning riders.  A couple of individuals offer that
here . . . expect to pay about $100 for it and, in my humble opinion, it's
worth every penny.  That's what I'm doing right now.  Our instructor is
getting everybody ready foe an upcoming century ride.  There are fif***
newbies (of varying skills) and the instructor and two assistants so we can
break in as many as three groups of people with roughly similar skills.
We've learned how to fix flats, put chains back on, pedal, climb hills, etc.

This is the best way to build a good foundation of riding skills . . . and a
great way to start a riding club with people who are as proficient as you
are.

John Borders

 
 
 

Newbie Needs Road Cycling Advice OR "Help Playing in Traffic"

Post by And » Wed, 01 Sep 1999 04:00:00



Quote:


> ><I just bought a Trek 7300 to get around town on, as well as for exercise.
> ><I've been just riding on my quiet backstreets.
> ><
> ><I haven't been on a cycle in 25+ years. I'm still getting used to it,
> ><trying to cycle in a straight line, etc.
> ><
> ><I need advice on road cycling.
> ><
> ><Any advice is greatly appreciated. Gear, technique, etc., etc.

> My advice to you would be to first join a local bicycling league.  Here in
> Honolulu there is an organization called the Hawaii Bicycling League.
> From them you can usually find out who might be willing to offer a couple
> months training for beginning riders.  A couple of individuals offer that
> here . . . expect to pay about $100 for it and, in my humble opinion, it's
> worth every penny.  That's what I'm doing right now.  Our instructor is
> getting everybody ready foe an upcoming century ride.  There are fif***
> newbies (of varying skills) and the instructor and two assistants so we can
> break in as many as three groups of people with roughly similar skills.
> We've learned how to fix flats, put chains back on, pedal, climb hills, etc.

> This is the best way to build a good foundation of riding skills . . . and a
> great way to start a riding club with people who are as proficient as you
> are.

> John Borders

Hi John,

Thanks! I've needed a good reason to get back to Hawaii!

Seriously though, I'm getting used to road riding a little. Getting to a
club meet for cycling means I still have to road cycle to get there. So
I'm learning on demand, so-to-speak.

I'm guessing you've taken the Haleakula downhill? THAT looked like fun!

Mahalo
\ooo/

Andy
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