How often?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by wilko, 15 Apr 2019.

  1. wilko

    wilko Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    How often do you cycle? I’m retired now, used to cycle some years ago planning to get back in the saddle. Should I aim to get on the bike every day, or just once or twice a week?
     
  2. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Guru

    Location:
    Lincs
    Depends on your base fitness. Lets say you're unfit for example. I would plan to do some rides 3 times a week, nothing too far or strenuous. Just enjoy riding around, after a couple of weeks extend the time but keep it at 3 times. Maybe after a month add another day. Dont over do it though and spoil the enjoyment.

    I use my shopper to go to the local town shopping 3 times a week, it gives me about 60 miles of easy riding.
     
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  3. Jimidh

    Jimidh Über Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
    Get on it as often or as little as you want is the easy answer.

    If you want a more complete answer the question should be what do you want to get out of cycling?

    Is it raising your fitness, general enjoyment, a means of transport?
     
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    wilko

    wilko Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    It’s basically for fitness and general enjoyment.
     
  5. Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.
     
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  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    Depends how far you plan to cycle each day. You can probably manage 1 mile every day but could you manage 10 miles every day? Build up slowly and steadily. Initially you may find every day is too much or if you reduce the mileage each day it is manageable. But start with a modest mileage and frequency and increase that as you begin to feel fitter.
     
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  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    What other cardiovascular exercise do you take? How's your health? Any medical issues?
    Unless, you have a reason not to, the advice is at least 30 mins a day at least 5 days a week but some of that should be weight bearing
     
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    wilko

    wilko Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    I walk the dogs every morning, but that is more of a stroll than a cardiovascular work out. I’m 67 years old, my general health is ok ( touching wood) No medical issues that I am aware of. When you say weight bearing what do you mean?
     
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  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Walking, running, cross trainer, squatting etc cycling and swimming are non weight bearing

    If you have the time, nothing to stop you cycling daily, just take it easy
     
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  11. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I cycle at least 20 minutes most days. My life literally pretty much depends on getting the exercise, in one way.

    Other than that, do what you feel.
     
  12. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Sounds like your active so a good base fitness wise. Just take your time build the miles as you think you can cope with. They soon add up and you will be well away in no time. Remember to build in a day or 2 to rest up. Plan a route you know well to start with then build on it so you can mix it up a bit when you feel like it.
     
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  13. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Location:
    Bradwell
    I've been off my bike for a while now due to illness and bad health, it's coming back now and I hope to ride again in a few weeks, I'd say ride often and whenever you can as it's a pleasure to be able to get out, take it from someone stuck in and off their much loved bike ..
     
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  14. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    What sort of cycling did you do years ago?
    I would follow the same regime as you used to do, but with drastically reduced miles and just build up.

    Fitness will return surprisingly quick, although speed might take a little longer.

    ...… from a youngster of 69yrs
     
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    wilko

    wilko Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire, UK
    Have never been much of a speedster to be honest. More of a leisure rider. As you say I just need to get on the bike and build miles.
     
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