Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and cycling in general. I've recently bought a cheap entry level road bike to help me get fit and give up smoking (I know this isn't ideal although it has cut my cigarette intake down considerably). To my suprise I've discovered I really enjoy cycling! Basically I am managing about 6-7 miles a day (I realise this is nothing compared to what you guys probably do) quite comfortably and my short term goal is to be able to ride to my girlfriends house most nights which would be about a 15 mile round trip. I did try this yesterday and the hilly country lanes completely destroyed me! How should I go about upping my mileage? Is it best to simply add a mile or two say every few weeks? Also a friend of mine upon seeing the old free weights lying in my garage suggested these would help, is this true and if so what kind of excercises/weights should I be doing? Just one more question, being an average 20 year old smoker (down to around 5 day) is it absurd for me to start thinking about joining a club a few months down the line? Any advice is greatly appreciated, Cheers, Chris.