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I've only recently started cycling - I haven't ridden a bike since I was a kid, and even then my parents wouldn't let me go further than the end of the road so obviously I'm not very experienced!
I do a bit of running and various exercise classes and thought I was fairly fit and that cycling would be easy. Wrong! I didn't go nearly as far as I expected on my first ride, and it was much harder than I expected. I soon improved though, and I absolutely love it.
I'm still trying to get to grip with gears though - my childhood bikes didn't have any, and I'm never too sure when I should be changing gears - I'll get there in the end though.
I'm new to Zest online, but always have a copy of the magazine handy, im currently recovering from a knee injury but LOVE cycling and just want to get out on my bike again!!! This time last year i was going out on 50- 60 mile rides and loving every second, now i've been out of the saddle for a while, and struggling getting motivated, i know i need to build up slowly but with my friends all training hard for a big cycle ride in Sweden (which i have had to pull out of), its a bit scary!!!
anyone any motivational tips for me?!!!
well done you 3rd out of 240! wow!!!!!
i'm out doing short rides and am building it up slowly, ive decided to go along to support the guys doing the Sweden ride and take my bike and have my own mini challenge on the same day, so all is not lost!!!!!
Very sorry to read about your accident Whufan - congratulations on coming 3rd in the 50K, and even more congratulations for getting back to cycling and not letting the accident put you off.
I agree about what good exercise cycling is - I do various exercise classes and get out of breath and sweaty, but, when the class is over, could quite easily do it all again. When I come back from a long bike ride, though, there's no way I could do immediately do it again! I've been timing myself along a set route to see if I'm getting better - yesterday I was riding against a very strong wind and I was surprised at how hard it was and how, despite my best efforts, I was slower than usual.
Yes, my bike has 24 gears, and it's reassuring to know I won't need to use them all!
Good luck in Sweden Faye - I'll be sticking to the lanes of Lincolnshire for the time being, but one day - who knows!
I work at British Cycling in the Recreation team - which means cycling for everyone! IN particular we're focused on getting new people into the fun of bike rides. And sorting out the fact that three times as many men cycle as women. Can't be right!
I wondered if fellow Zesters could help spread the word about the Breeze network from British Cycling. It's completely volunteer-led and we'd really appreciate it. If you've got a cycling initiative for women we can promote - do let us know. Thanks, Sarah-Jane
If you are interested or know someone who wants to find out more, see breezebikerides.com or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantastic! Thank you
If you need anything to spread the word give us a shout.
Hi - I've recently started cycling to work - it's a 21km round trip. My hope is that this new mode of transport is going to help me lose weight - I'm dieting too and want to shed 1.5 stone. However, so far, I've not lost a pound - and I'm now starting to wonder if cycling's actually going to give me bigger rather than smaller legs?Has anyone else used cycling to get smaller?? Is it going to work for me?
One of the guys in the cycling club I'm in has lost 2 stone this year, purely through cycling! It's a fantastic way to lose weight and get fit. As you'll see from Victoria Pendleton's comments in the January 12 copy of Zest it's really difficult for women to build a lot of muscle, even if they want to!
Stick with it - it'll work!
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