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Bike is going too fast for me.

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Cameo, 3 Jun 2008.

  1. Cameo

    Cameo New Member

    Im a total novice to bike riding, and Im 56 years old. Hubby brought me home a bike yesterday and whilst I was able to get on it and ride it allbeit extreemly wobbly, I felt very unsafe as I honestly felt like I was doing 90 miles an hour. It felt like even the tiniest touch of the pedals seemed to get it whizzing along. This bike seems to go so flippin fast all on its own. How can that be?

    So can someone tell me how to make this bike, which has 21 gears on it !!! tell me what gears I should be in to make me feel like I have a bit more control of the bike. I would like to be able to pedal steadily and yet not be 'doing a ton' at the same time.

    Your all probably thinking what a wally I am, but Im not going to let this thing beat me. I rode as a kid, and just thought it would all come flooding back so easily, but this bike does not seem like my bike was when I was a kid, this bike seems to have a mind of its own. Help.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    It's because your brain is comparing it with you sitting in a car, where you have little sense of speed.

    You'll get used to it.

    Just stick it in first gear, find somewhere flat to ride around, and keep your fingers on the brakes until you get a bit more confident.
     
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    It's just a question of getting used to it. I went on my mountain bike for the first time in a year the other day and felt decidedly nervous for a while. As MrP says, find a flattraffic free area to practice pedalling at a rate you feel comfortable with, turning the handlebars, leaning over into bends and applying the brakes smoothly.
    Most of us on this forum would quite like to go faster without effort so you've nothing to worry about in the long run!
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You could let some air out of the tyres Cameo. On the side of the tyre should be a range of pressures, e.g. 75-90 psi. Make sure they are at the lowest pressure indicated for your tyres. It will make the ride more comfortable too.
     
  5. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    Have a look at this thread about gears.

    This question gets asked quite a bit - perhaps we need to create a good explanation (with diagrams!) and make it sticky on the beginners forum...
     
  6. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Cycle up hill. Suddenly the bike wont seem quite as quick!
     
  7. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    Try to think logicly. as you are a total novice as you say you can't really be going that fast. Find a local park and practice there for a while until you get the hang of the bike. Your confidence wll grow and after a while you will notice that you are really going fast.
     
  8. LLB

    LLB Guest

    Don't lean into bends whilst riding in first gear or you will fall off, you don't carry enough momentum to do this safely.
     
  9. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Is the bike set up properly for you? If the saddle is too low, you will be wobbling!
     
  10. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Don't worry you will soon get used to it and start to enjoy the speed...:biggrin:
     
  11. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Put the brakes on?
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Works for me.
     
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    you won't have been, trust me.
    Have you tried riding up a hill?
    Failing that you could just put a bit of locktite in the hubs, but you might then change your mind and decide you want to go fast again.
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    For the benefit of the uninitiated, Bonj is joking.
     
  15. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Think positive - it's because you're a natural athlete and the bike is just bringing it out of you.

    When you have put a few hundred miles on it and reality has caught up, you will be going that fast.