Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Losing Weight, Health, Body Building, Fitness, Exercising, Nutrition, etc.

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:12 pm

valleys07 wrote:Hi all,

After some recommendations.

I am looking at buying a road bike to build up a bit of core strength and general fitness, hopefully getting to the point where I can commute to and from work on 2 wheels instead of 4 and cut some fuel expenses.

In terms of spending, I don't want to exceed $1000, but also don't want to be riding around on a piece of junk, either.

Any advice appreciated lads :)


I started with an $899 Orbea flat bar - similar to this https://www.thebikelist.co.uk/orbea/carpe-h10-2013. Mine was a 2012.

The idea being, if I liked riding in and was fit enough, I'd keep going, but like you I didn't want to have to ride in on something that was going to break down every 5 minutes and then have to upgrade if I did enjoy it. Also, I wanted to 'pay it off' easily (ie, how many bus rides would it take to save the 900 bucks back?).

As it was, I really did enjoy it but it was a heap of sh1t. I upgraded (paid the difference) to a $1299 bike after about 8 -10 months. That lasted me about 28000km and well and truly paid for itself. https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchl ... id=3042081. Shizen colour scheme but I had little choice in the matter at the time. The thing was bullet proof!

Now I've upgraded to a Giant and have kept the second Orbea as a backup. This giant was about 1499 but again, I've paid it off already in savings made by not catching the bus. It might take longer but it's really the only time I get to do any fitness work for myself and I find when I get into work I'm more mentally stimulated. I've had to catch the bus in a few times because of other commitments and found I take a while to mentally get into work.

I'd suggest, if you are going to buy something, go for something that's better quality second hand. There are lots of good bikes out there. I don't think I'd buy new again - not that there is anything wrong with buying new, but you'll get a better frame and gearset on a 1500 second hand bike that's a year or two old than a new one for the same money.

Best of luck and enjoy!
User avatar
gadj1976
Coach
 
 
Posts: 6862
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Sleeping on a park bench outside Princes Park
Has liked: 162 times
Been liked: 360 times

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:20 pm

Good advice, I still ride an old road bike, but have upgraded the wheels and pay extra $ to ensure I have top quality tyres on it at all times, at the end of the day thats the bit that you rely on the most so worth the extra $ IMO.
shoe boy wrote: to expose the soft underbelly of the Bushpig

morell wrote:Yes you are correct
User avatar
Dutchy
Site Admin
 
 
Posts: 36755
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:24 am
Location: Location, Location
Has liked: 805 times
Been liked: 1378 times
Grassroots Team: Flagstaff Hill

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Psyber » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:20 pm

I went for leisure and versality and got a Centurion Cross Line 400 a few years ago.
EPIGENETICS - Lamarck was right!
User avatar
Psyber
Coach
 
 
Posts: 11599
Joined: Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:43 pm
Location: Now back in the Adelaide Hills.
Has liked: 57 times
Been liked: 232 times
Grassroots Team: Hahndorf

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:43 pm

I ended up going brand new - Bought a Merida Scultura 100.

Went for a small 3km trundle tonight just to get a feel for it - I haven't ridden a bike in years so my balance was a little bit off.

Looking forward to breaking it in and hopefully make my first commute to work by the end of the year.
“Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro—I'm Broda!”

HOGG Shield 2015 Division I Premiers.
HOGG Shield 2017 Premier League Premiers.
User avatar
valleys07
Coach
 
 
Posts: 8634
Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm
Location: From a place much more pure than yours
Has liked: 627 times
Been liked: 1007 times
Grassroots Team: Hope Valley

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:46 am

Nice one, if you haven't already get on Strava (look up on app store) its great to record your rides but also to find out best routes in your local area, especially bike paths you may not be aware of.
shoe boy wrote: to expose the soft underbelly of the Bushpig

morell wrote:Yes you are correct
User avatar
Dutchy
Site Admin
 
 
Posts: 36755
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:24 am
Location: Location, Location
Has liked: 805 times
Been liked: 1378 times
Grassroots Team: Flagstaff Hill

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:46 am

Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?
“Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro—I'm Broda!”

HOGG Shield 2015 Division I Premiers.
HOGG Shield 2017 Premier League Premiers.
User avatar
valleys07
Coach
 
 
Posts: 8634
Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm
Location: From a place much more pure than yours
Has liked: 627 times
Been liked: 1007 times
Grassroots Team: Hope Valley

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:09 pm

valleys07 wrote:I ended up going brand new - Bought a Merida Scultura 100.

Went for a small 3km trundle tonight just to get a feel for it - I haven't ridden a bike in years so my balance was a little bit off.

Looking forward to breaking it in and hopefully make my first commute to work by the end of the year.


Good stuff valleys07 and welcome to the fun and enjoy the fresh air!
User avatar
gadj1976
Coach
 
 
Posts: 6862
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Sleeping on a park bench outside Princes Park
Has liked: 162 times
Been liked: 360 times

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:42 pm

valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Go to Explore > Segment Explore and you can search via a map, it will show popular segments in the area you choose, I have worked out heaps of new routes around my area both on and off road just by checking this out. Best to do it on a desktop/laptop.
shoe boy wrote: to expose the soft underbelly of the Bushpig

morell wrote:Yes you are correct
User avatar
Dutchy
Site Admin
 
 
Posts: 36755
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:24 am
Location: Location, Location
Has liked: 805 times
Been liked: 1378 times
Grassroots Team: Flagstaff Hill

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:47 pm

Nice wheels by the way Valleys. You won't be disappointed. If you see a fat old bloke on a Giant flat bar riding to and from work (struggling) give me a hoy. You might be able to tow me up the hills on the way home ;-)
User avatar
gadj1976
Coach
 
 
Posts: 6862
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Sleeping on a park bench outside Princes Park
Has liked: 162 times
Been liked: 360 times

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:02 am

valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Hey Valleys. Did you ride in up Frome Road this morning, yellow top blue shorts?
User avatar
gadj1976
Coach
 
 
Posts: 6862
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Sleeping on a park bench outside Princes Park
Has liked: 162 times
Been liked: 360 times

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:59 pm

gadj1976 wrote:
valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Hey Valleys. Did you ride in up Frome Road this morning, yellow top blue shorts?


Nah mate, wasn't me.

I went for my first ride yesterday as part of a day off. Salisbury Plain to Mawson lakes and back. Basically just a loop around Parafield Airport. A nice 17 km ride just to become accustomed to riding on the road, becoming aware of my surroundings and learning my peripherals etc. Nice flat plains to ensure I stayed within my limitations.

I was fairly fatigued through the hamstrings, quads and back. Given a round trip from home to work for me is approximately 50kms, I have a fair way to go.

This weekend I plan to up my distance to about 20 - 25kms, might go as far as Montague Rd, Pooraka and back, see how I feel and build up from there.
“Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro—I'm Broda!”

HOGG Shield 2015 Division I Premiers.
HOGG Shield 2017 Premier League Premiers.
User avatar
valleys07
Coach
 
 
Posts: 8634
Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm
Location: From a place much more pure than yours
Has liked: 627 times
Been liked: 1007 times
Grassroots Team: Hope Valley

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby mickey » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:16 pm

Hows the gooch feeling! Takes a few rides to toughen it up and get used to the skinny saddle

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
Johno6 wrote:bottom line

we can kick dogs and children in teh stomach, when they are trying to hump stuff

When Berisha dies
When Berisha dies
We're all having a party,
We're all having a party,
We're all having a paarrttyy
When Berisha dies
User avatar
mickey
Coach
 
 
Posts: 5310
Joined: Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:54 pm
Location: Playing Poker
Has liked: 107 times
Been liked: 141 times
Grassroots Team: Seaton Ramblers

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:17 pm

valleys07 wrote:
gadj1976 wrote:
valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Hey Valleys. Did you ride in up Frome Road this morning, yellow top blue shorts?


Nah mate, wasn't me.

I went for my first ride yesterday as part of a day off. Salisbury Plain to Mawson lakes and back. Basically just a loop around Parafield Airport. A nice 17 km ride just to become accustomed to riding on the road, becoming aware of my surroundings and learning my peripherals etc. Nice flat plains to ensure I stayed within my limitations.

I was fairly fatigued through the hamstrings, quads and back. Given a round trip from home to work for me is approximately 50kms, I have a fair way to go.

This weekend I plan to up my distance to about 20 - 25kms, might go as far as Montague Rd, Pooraka and back, see how I feel and build up from there.


Ahh, ok. There was a bloke on a Merida that looked exactly like yours riding in front of me.

Regarding your comments above, you'll find that once you do 10km, the rest is a doddle. Remembering like me that you have a few hours between riding to and from work I assume. For me, I have a 16.6km ride in, 8 hours at work and a 16.6km ride home. It gives you plenty of time to recover. If I had to do the 33km in a row, I'd really struggle. I've done it once, on a hot day and it was tough.
User avatar
gadj1976
Coach
 
 
Posts: 6862
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 pm
Location: Sleeping on a park bench outside Princes Park
Has liked: 162 times
Been liked: 360 times

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:01 pm

mickey wrote:Hows the gooch feeling! Takes a few rides to toughen it up and get used to the skinny saddle

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk


Haha - not too bad surprisingly. Was expecting it to feel more uncomfortable than it was.

The padded bicycle shorts will be a worthy investment for the longer rides though.
“Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro—I'm Broda!”

HOGG Shield 2015 Division I Premiers.
HOGG Shield 2017 Premier League Premiers.
User avatar
valleys07
Coach
 
 
Posts: 8634
Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm
Location: From a place much more pure than yours
Has liked: 627 times
Been liked: 1007 times
Grassroots Team: Hope Valley

Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:09 pm

gadj1976 wrote:
valleys07 wrote:
gadj1976 wrote:
valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Hey Valleys. Did you ride in up Frome Road this morning, yellow top blue shorts?


Nah mate, wasn't me.

I went for my first ride yesterday as part of a day off. Salisbury Plain to Mawson lakes and back. Basically just a loop around Parafield Airport. A nice 17 km ride just to become accustomed to riding on the road, becoming aware of my surroundings and learning my peripherals etc. Nice flat plains to ensure I stayed within my limitations.

I was fairly fatigued through the hamstrings, quads and back. Given a round trip from home to work for me is approximately 50kms, I have a fair way to go.

This weekend I plan to up my distance to about 20 - 25kms, might go as far as Montague Rd, Pooraka and back, see how I feel and build up from there.


Ahh, ok. There was a bloke on a Merida that looked exactly like yours riding in front of me.

Regarding your comments above, you'll find that once you do 10km, the rest is a doddle. Remembering like me that you have a few hours between riding to and from work I assume. For me, I have a 16.6km ride in, 8 hours at work and a 16.6km ride home. It gives you plenty of time to recover. If I had to do the 33km in a row, I'd really struggle. I've done it once, on a hot day and it was tough.


I see your point, hence why I want to get to 25 kms to guarantee I can cover the distance to work, then I will start to work some elevation into the routes. Once I am comfortable with distance, time and navigating my way through peak hour traffic, i'll start riding to work where possible.
“Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro—I'm Broda!”

HOGG Shield 2015 Division I Premiers.
HOGG Shield 2017 Premier League Premiers.
User avatar
valleys07
Coach
 
 
Posts: 8634
Joined: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm
Location: From a place much more pure than yours
Has liked: 627 times
Been liked: 1007 times
Grassroots Team: Hope Valley

Previous

Board index   General Talk  Health & Fitness

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest