Guide to starting cycling for fitness for the overweight nearly 40s?

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness and Training' started by Donnie, May 23, 2010.

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    Paul Rudin Guest

    For most bikes this means having the saddle too low to comfortably
    pedal. Get off the saddle when you stop...
    The advice isn't "completely straight" it's normally "nearly completely
    straight". But the important thing is how it feels when your riding -
    *very* small adjustments can make a significant subjective difference
    when you're close the correct height.

    There are many people out there who clearly have their saddle far too
    Paul Rudin, May 25, 2010
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    Dennis Davis Guest

    I was told CTC stood for "Cafe To Cafe"...I'll get my coat and leave
    by the tradesmans' entrance...
    Dennis Davis, May 25, 2010
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    Simon Brooke Guest

    Cake and Tea Club.
    Simon Brooke, May 25, 2010
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    thirty-six Guest

    Yes. It is only an approximation which gets very near to the ideal
    which can only really be found by riding considerable distance,
    probably around about a 60 mile ride. Of which will change over the
    months as the new rider adapts to cycling anyway. It is nice for me
    to know on any new bike or after a long lay off that I am in a
    position very close to ideal of what would have otherwi=se taken me
    six months to find through continual adjustment.
    Yes it's a new idea as far as I know, but I've used it on four people
    other than myself and it seems to work well without resort to fanciful
    calculations(which can be quite far off the mark) and measurements.
    How else can you get a twelve year old fitted when he's eager to try a
    new bike? No child of normality is wanting to wait around to be
    measured and 1/2 hour taken setting up a bike. He'll disappear before
    you wonder about the handlebars. The instinctiveness of a child to
    get out and enjoy the sunshine is correct and should not be hampered
    by dilly dallying with bike measurements.
    thirty-six, May 26, 2010
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    thirty-six Guest

    Not on my routes. I'm reasonably sure that a few still exist, but the
    ride to Devon is a looooong way and I'll need more than a bit of cream
    and jam on a scone for sustenance. The Rain district is(was another
    popular place for such an establishment.
    thirty-six, May 26, 2010
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    Colin Reed Guest

    We have a few around the market towns on the Notts/Lincs border. Not
    many hills to burn off the calories though!

    Colin Reed, May 27, 2010
  7. When I got back into cycling after breaking my ankle it hurt to stand on
    tip-toes, so I got into the habit of getting out of the saddle every
    time I stopped. It doesn't really add very much delay at all once you
    get used to it. And certainly almost none at all restarting.

    I should really have tried to stay in the habit and raised my saddle
    another half cm, but it's just too tempted when I can reach the floor to
    stay seated instead. And it does depend a bit on which shoes I commute
    in (different thicknesses of sole).
    Eleanor Blair, May 27, 2010
  8. Have to say I find that when exercising heavily if I eat what my
    appetite suggests then I gain weight rather than losing it. So the OP
    may (if cycling for weight loss as well as increased fitness) also want
    to follow some form of control of their intake.

    (Just gained 5lbs walking 93 miles in 8 days over hills).
    Eleanor Blair, May 27, 2010
  9. In
    Indeed. I know a chap who claims to have put on seven of the BRITONS'
    pounds in the course of one of Dave "El Supremo" Hudson's 400 km audaces.
    Dave Larrington, May 28, 2010
  10. Thanks for all the advice on saddle-height.
    I've duly raised my saddle 3cm by the heel test, and I'll be
    interested to see whether it makes a sensible difference to my
    ease of cycling - though how I'll measure that, I don't quite know.
    Julian Bradfield, May 31, 2010
  11. But "try it" by starting with the stopping and starting without bum on
    saddle. Once you've got that down pat you can move the saddle up.
    David Damerell, Jun 4, 2010
  12. I put on a pound or two on the Willy Warmer but it came off again in the
    bath. Horrible roads!
    David Damerell, Jun 4, 2010
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