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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-26-2007, 11:51 PM
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Road bike all the way. They totally rock.

You need a cycle computer, its a bit of a price investment, but I would say its a must if cycling is a part of your workout. The problem is that the computers that can measure cadence (RPMs) are around 100 bucks.
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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Today i went on a 4 mile bike to a walking track out in the country and jogged/walked a bit for cardio because i find riding a mountain bike just works your legs hardcore but doesnt do much for cardio...and 4 miles back to my house...

On the way i seen a duck and racoon that were 3 feet apart from each other supposedly ran over the racoon was freshly dead and the duck had its neck broken and was laying on its back moving its feet it was pretty sad especially since im pretty soft hearted when it comes to animals and i seen a duck the other day right next to where it got hit (probably the sam e duck..) i found it was a bit odd that they were so close together seems like maybe some killed them and dropped them there rather than ran them over since what are the odds of that...

yes very offtopic

And i should be getting a job soon im only 15 ill get a road bike and a rpm computer...i hope the local bike shop has one.
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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-29-2007, 07:29 PM
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Buy your first road bike used. My road bike that I do serious rides on offed me 1500 bucks. My first road bike cost me around 100 bucks and, and another 200 I sunk into the bike for tune ups, modifications and repairs. I still ride my first bike, I converted it to a fixed gear bicycle, useful for training since you can never coast on a fixed gear.

Talk to someone at your local independent bike shop. They usually don't carry used bikes, but most people who work there love bikes and will help you track down a good used bike. Since they are hoping you will remember them when you need to buy shit and do tune ups. Make sure you ask them about the proper size of the bike. This is crucial for mountain and road bikes. You want the bike prefect for your leg length and arm length.

Cycling is great cardio, a good portion of my training is dedicated to different levels of heart rates. You might want to rethink the gears you ride in if you aren't getting the range of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Also fight some tougher climbs to ride.

I like to throw in some triathlon training with some rides on Saturdays. I ride to this lake near my place, lock up the bike, swim across a section, pop off and run to my bike. It's really fun, give it a try sometime.

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