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Topic - Biking questions from a newb.........

TheDrunkenBakers - on 29 May 2014

Morning all.

Ok, so where to start. Im in my late thirties, 5'8" with shortish legs. Pretty fit from lots of running, 5, 10ks, half marathons etc. 3 marathons booked for later in the year, assuming im fit.

I have been thinking of getting a road bike for some time. Partly to mix up my exercise regime but a big factor now are the constant injuries running is giving me; i need an alternative to keep me fit when i cant run and I'm a hopeless swimmer. I did 11 miles of a 18 mile training run at the weekend and i had to walk the rest home. No fun. Its becoming depressing.

Ive often fancied getting a road bike and friends of mine have them so this would be good for socialising too.

So where do i start? I need a bike and all the tackle. What maintenance does a bike need, what type should i go for (the choice seems incredible), what about clothing. How do i go on in winter when the nights are dark. What about slippy, wet roads? Worse still what happens in winter with ice, fog etc? And what about punctures? What about clubs?

Im sure there are a gazillion other questions i dont yet know to ask...

Thanks all.

Richard

P.s. Will i enjoy it as much as running?
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