Absolute beginner needing advice

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thirdcrank
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby thirdcrank » 17 Jun 2020, 2:40pm

aneledrazzit wrote: ...
Bike has been purchased, was looking forward to testing it out but it's been thunder and lightning since it arrived!!! Maybe its a sign hahaha. ...


One to log in the diary I suggested starting. :wink:

Bonefishblues
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby Bonefishblues » 17 Jun 2020, 2:51pm

thirdcrank wrote:
aneledrazzit wrote: ...
Bike has been purchased, was looking forward to testing it out but it's been thunder and lightning since it arrived!!! Maybe its a sign hahaha. ...


One to log in the diary I suggested starting. :wink:

Nothing to stop pictures being taken though!

spen666
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby spen666 » 17 Jun 2020, 3:28pm

aneledrazzit wrote:....

Bike has been purchased, was looking forward to testing it out but it's been thunder and lightning since it arrived!!! ...



Need to get out in that, because you will be lucky not to experience at least one during your ride

boink
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby boink » 17 Jun 2020, 6:48pm

Need to get out in that, because you will be lucky not to experience at least one during your ride


That's made me laugh. Got the soaking of my life in Devon, day 2 of my lejog. Got so wet that at one point we stopped at a little chef and tried to ring out socks and T shirts then put them under a hand dryer. Tiny video clip here gives an idea of just how wet it was. Hours of it..in August!

http://blazingpedals.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-08-05T00:21:00-07:00

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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby jgurney » 17 Jun 2020, 6:53pm

boink wrote:
Need to get out in that, because you will be lucky not to experience at least one during your ride

That's made me laugh. Got the soaking of my life in Devon, day 2 of my lejog. Got so wet that at one point we stopped at a little chef and tried to ring out socks and T shirts then put them under a hand dryer.

:lol: I remember doing that in the hand dryer in the gents at High Wycombe bus station after getting caught in a downpour.

boink
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby boink » 17 Jun 2020, 7:03pm

Had same on a nice hot day in France some years later, quite refreshing..but when you've got a couple of hrs or more to do on a miserable day in the UK - or your setting off in it, knowing it's going to be raining all day - it's character forming!

Panniers got soaked inside. Lejogers nowadays don't know they're born with these new plastic banknotes.

bluelagos
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby bluelagos » 18 Jun 2020, 7:58am

aneledrazzit wrote:I'm not doing it soon. I'm thinking maybe next year. It gives me time to train so by then I wouldn't be "inexperienced." I understand that it is a crazy thing to want to do, but I want to do it for my friend.


Sounds were you are where I was 4 months ago.

Am upto 70 milers now and hoping to go in Sept.

Some tips from a beginner to someone 70% ready to go:

1. Find a riding buddy who knows what they are doing.
2. Build a base fitness. I started on 10 milers, then 15, 25, 40. Only attempted the higher ones when the lower ones became second nature.
3. As you build, you will work out about your stamina, bike fit, kit, fueling - all important as they can stop you riding if you get them wrong.
4. Lots of riding time and lots of rest time. Dont over train but you need to train. I think 2 or 3 days on the road with a day off - it worked for me.
5. You can do it on anything as it isnt a race. I started on a mtb but switched to a road bike. My Lejog is supported so wont need to carry much. If theres a few of you, maybe you can have support cars as am sure a few partners may be happy in support roles? Makes it much easier if you have a support vehicle.
6. The biking community are a nice bunch, always happy to offer advice/tips - which you'll need!

Good luck, if you can ride round the block you can ride anywhere. Just might take a bit longer...

denniswpearce
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby denniswpearce » 19 Jun 2020, 5:52pm

You might want to think about a supported ride, mentioned in some posts.
I used Great-bear-tours, it’s organised by Karl. He is brilliant, books all the accommodation, takes your bags each day so that all you do is ride. I believe he does a 10 day ride and a 12 day ride. I did the 12 day with a day at each end.
Worth considering

thirdcrank
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby thirdcrank » 29 Jun 2020, 11:46am

Bearing in mind that this is often a good time of year for cycling, particularly because of the long hours of daylight, it's worth thinking about cycle touring in bad weather. Any sort of schedule, imposed by things like booked accommodation or a fixed date for a return to work will often dictate riding in the prevailing conditions, rather than sitting it out.

I'm sitting in Leeds and it's pouring down. Over the last few days we've had everything including a hailstorm when the BBC reported hailstones the size of £2 coins. I didn't measure any but it sounded as though stones were being thrown at our windows. (I've only seen hail worse once, and that was in France in 1964 when the local papers had pictures of birds which had been killed by hailstones.)

There's plenty of excellent weather in our temperate climate, of course, and many forum members take wind and rain in their stride. Others don't.

My point is that you really need to think about how you would feel / cope if the weather was bad during your ride. With a group, you need to know that about everybody.

Aleks
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Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

Postby Aleks » 21 Jul 2020, 9:57am

Remember - there is no training regime that is cast in stone that you need to use.

Get out on your bike as regularly as possible and you will start to feel your strength increase in terms of distance and repetition (i.e being in the saddle on consecutive days).

10 miles a day, easily turns to 25 miles a day and so on...

No one can tell you what is right - as it as to be right for you.

In the words of our erstwhile leader - 'Ride, Ride and Ride'..... And just enjoy it !


Aleks