First long cycle

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by royalboa, 1 Aug 2012.

  1. royalboa

    royalboa Member

    Location:
    aberdeen
    Been cycling to work and back for the last week, most iv done at once is like 7 mile.

    Had my first prober cycle today and am happy to say I done 41 mile.

    Took me 4 hours like but I was never going for time, just wanted to stay on the bike lol.

    Was shocked that the thing that hurt the most when I got back was my hands.
     
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  2. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Well done. That's a good "first" cycle.
    I've still not managed more than 30. I quite often have stiff hands, a combination of taking too much weight down through my arms and covering the brakes.
     
  3. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Thats excellent. Most i've covered is 32 miles. Keep it up :smile:
     
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    royalboa

    royalboa Member

    Location:
    aberdeen
    Thanks, doing land end to John O'Groats next year so need all the practice I can get.

    Wish I never done it before work though lol need my bed
     
  5. RhythMick

    RhythMick Über Member

    Location:
    Barnsley
    Apparently it's quite a common mistake for a beginner, to get set up wrong so it hurts your hands, wrists, arms. It definitely got me, so much that on 50 mile + rides my little fingers would end up numb. Definitely sounds like a set up issue.

    For me, I had the saddle too high and too far back and the saddle was pointing down, plus the bars were too low. All of that meant I was stretching too far for the bars and putting too much weight on them.

    There is much advice about setup.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/pain.html#fingers.
     
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    royalboa

    royalboa Member

    Location:
    aberdeen
    Thanks will look into that and maybe so if I can get a bike fit to get everything sorted
     
  7. IanT

    IanT http://www.sprocketwaffle.co.uk

    Nice one. It's when you start hitting those sorts of mileages that non-cyclists struggle to comprehend that you actually get on a bike and do that.

    For the hands - do you wear gloves? I find Specialized BG gloves are great at helping hand pain (which I used to get a lot of). Equally, as others have suggested, get a proper bike fit. It's worth paying the extra for a recommended fitter.


    Keep it up sir. Half-century next?
     
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    royalboa

    royalboa Member

    Location:
    aberdeen
    Iv got a real cheep pair of gloves lol, away to look into proper ones though
     
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    royalboa

    royalboa Member

    Location:
    aberdeen
    Can't believe how good I feel after been on a bike for 4 hours yesterday.

    Can't wait to do it again next week, going to go a day I'm off and make a whole day of it.
     
  10. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    well done :thumbsup:
     
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