Road Biking Basics | Ride Every Day | Maintain 80 RPM | Cycling VLOG

Road Biking Basics | Ride Every Day | Maintain 80 RPM | Cycling VLOG


So one of the other tips that I wanted
to pass along this morning for those of you who are new to road biking and just
getting into the sport and at a minimal might be in your very first year or
riding a bike sooner or later you’re going to want to start getting faster on
your bike and writing longer distances and all that sort of thing and every so
often I do get a question on you know how long will it take me to get this to
this point how long will I be able to how long will
it take me until I can ride it 15 16 17 18 miles an hour
well the average speed thing is very subjective it really depends on what
part of the country you’re right in and hail winds and headwinds and traffic
conditions and all that sort of thing the point I’m trying to get to here is
if your first if you’re just getting into road biking I think my for suggestion – you guys would be try
to ride every day 10 15 20 miles a day get up to that level as soon as you can
and once you’re able to do that and generally speaking you’ll probably be
writing in the same places all the time to get into 15 20 miles a day then what
you can start doing is working on writing that same distance just a little
bit faster and that will build to your strength and your endurance and
obviously your speed your every need will go up but there really takes
getting out on your bike and putting in the mileage more than anything and yeah
you can’t improve your speed and your endurance on an indoor train or a turbo
trainer don’t get me wrong but generally speaking improvement for those people
who are just starting out first year out on a road bike more often than not you
guys are gonna have a turbo trainer in your basement or in
your garage just yet that may come in the offseason depending on how much you
love what you’re doing on a bike but even myself I find that if I write every
day more I write every day the stronger I get and the faster I get but I will
admit as of late I’m beginning to drop the whole notion as well just how fast
am I writing and that’s primarily because I think I’m writing with Susan
and that’s not to say she’s slowing me down what I’m saying is that I’m writing
with a companion now so it’s not all about me and how fast I want to go so
you know if if you first start off with the notion of this is why I’m riding a
bike for exercise and I think a lot of people start off that way then remember
you know there’s a lot of reward than that and it’ll come in sometimes it
takes a little time but you will find the more you ride the healthier you
become the more weight you begin to lean the stronger your legs become and what I
would caution everybody out there is they’re still starting learning to ride
and getting into road biking is they don’t get crazy with numbers and all
that sort of thing if the trap really comes from when
you’re first starting out that if you were to take my advice that I just gave
about lighting 20 miles a day or the question is well geez the question then
becomes well how do you monitor your ride how do you know whether or not
you’ve ridden 20 miles well then you jump right into technology kids you
either get yourself a bike computer or you pull out your iPhone and sign up for
an app like Strava and you’re able to record your activities writing and
you’ll discover how far you’re riding of course they’re also going to tell you
how fast you’ve been going and as soon as you start paying attention to that
they gotcha so going back to riding with Susan on a
day like today a beautiful sunny warm day on a smooth Road riding through
Madison Connecticut dear Lord if you’re paying attention to
your numbers on Strava you are so missing out on the beauty and the
serenity of being out on a bike and I think that’s what I probably down you
know they probably come back to that point where my average speed and then
creasing it going faster is no longer an important issue to me the thing that I really like the fact
that I’m healthy enough now to do this and to be honest with you it didn’t take
that long to get up to this level as you can tell from my breathing it’s
still a lot of work this is a nice piece of road this used
to be a now awful awful stretch stretch of road in terms of tarmac and last year
they finally resurfaced it and now it’s absolutely beautiful
nice country roads are right along you know I bring up the subject of
average speed and writing with a partner and all that sort of thing it’s a way of
getting back to the basics in terms of Road biking and I notice it’s a kind of
even a reoccurring theme on GCN so every so often you like to reinforce
the basics about road biking and this fort and you perceive it remind and
refresh yourself just how much how many there are so many aspects to to to the
sport that it is great to kind of leave you the fundamentals front your
fundamentals every so often that Susan I took a ride yesterday one of the things
that I practiced with the head in that in a while was staying entirely in the
lower chain ring and trying to maintain my an average hitted right around 80 rpm
they got pretty damn close to that surprising about that writing in a lower
chainring with a higher RPM you’re spreading your work out over more pedal
strokes and I think it helps you not only be faster but it adds your
endurance level so yesterday we had a really really good
ride both of us and I know a lot of it had to do with the fact that I stayed on
the lower chainring and kept my cadence higher than their 70 try to stay around
anggee yeah so I think if I wasn’t so heavily invested in Strava and the
technology toys that I have the Garmin watch and the other things that record
my activities I probably would seriously consider it as considering just not
paying attention to the stats anymore but there is a certain
amount of joy and fond annoying just how fast you’re going and how far you’ve
ridden so you know I’m arguing both sides of the case you