News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-12-10
Another hill you can try is Orchard Hills on Culver and Portola.­ It's a lower grade hill and fairly safe.­ It's a good place to do repeats.­
Coco is right, Orchard Hills from Culver is about 3 to 4% Coming in from Portola near the fire station it goes from 4 to 5%.­
Another great hill repeat workout that I do is Portola from Portola Springs up to the Toll Road intersection where it dead ends.­ This is a steady 5-6% with a bit of 7 towards the top.­ It gains about 250 feet in about a mile.­ Go back and do it again.­ Three repeats is a good place to start.­ Don't worry about your speed.­ Find a cadence and gear that will allow you to do the hill 3x.­
Remember, climbing doesn't get any easier with exercise and practice.­.­.­you just get faster.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-26 Something else you can try is working on your cardio.­ Do you have gym membership? 24 hour fitness has some good classes you could take to help you with that.­ Another thing is to work on breathing and staying relaxed.­ It's very important to remember to breathe especially when you're about to blow up.­
Another hill you can try is Orchard Hills on Culver and Portola.­ It's a lower grade hill and fairly safe.­ It's a good place to do repeats.­ If you want something a little more of a challenge, you can go to the end of Portola to where the toll road is (241? 261?).­ It's a pretty steady climb and it's over a mile long and also good for repeats.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-26 Ok thanks for all the tips.­ I don't know much about bikes just yet and I'm pretty bad when it comes to mechanical things so I basically just ride what came with the bike.­ I did find it was a lot easier once I found the correct gearing.­
I ride an older Specialized Roubaix Comp and the front gears say 53/39 130mm BCD.­ I don't know what the back gears are, but the wheels I got are Fulcrum Racing 7 with an SRAM cassette.­
I actually ride Irvine blvd from Jamborree to Bake and then from Bake to Murilands and Murilands to El Toro park often.­ The first time I rode that route I had to stop 3 times, then twice, and then not at all.­ I essentially cut the ride down from 1 hour 45 min to about 1 hour 15 min.­
I guess I'm doing ok, but just need to put more time in the saddle.­ Hopefully I can get out and do a Saturday or Sunday ride with everyone once I'm not such a wuss.­.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-22 Check your gearing.­.­.­on my single I have a 28 tooth cog and admit I have to use it on occasion.­.­.­.­you may even have to go to a 32 tooth cog temporarily if you don't run a compact chain-ring setup.­.­.­.­.­.­we ride a tandem and up Jamboree, we are always in the small/middle chain ring and large rear cog.­.­.­.­.­we don't over spin, but maintain a cadence that provides forward movement without over stressing our cardio.­.­.­.­.­we never try to use a large or big gear to climb hills or grades.­.­.­.­hard on the knees and you will "blow up" cardiowise.­.­.­.­I am at 200#.­
Try the Irvine Blvd grade from Tustin to Bake to develop your grade work.­.­.­this is a 1% to 1.­5% grade with a slight headwind and this will really enhance your cardio training without attack grades like Jamboree.­
Over time, you will be able to go faster and longer by virtue of time on the bike.­.­.­.­.­.­don't try to attack long steep grades too early.­.­.­.­.­.­listen to your body and increase your threshold gradually.­
News & General Discussion How much incline is too much for a new rider?view 2014-08-19 Ok I tried the ride again yesterday and I got past one of the 2 last hills, but I have a feeling it will be some time before I can tackle the last hill.­ I did slow my pace and try to work on my cadence and I noticed shifting up to a harder gear and using more muscles seemed to work better than a lower gear and trying to peddle my %#$%# off.­ I was really out of breath and came close to quitting, but I pushed through although my HR got up to about 170 and I had a horrible headach on the ride back down the hill.­
Let me clarify that this is only the 4th time riding this "new to me bike" and about the 8th time riding a bike in the last 25 or so years.­ I'll be 44 this year and I'm about 210 at 5'10 so weight loss is the main reason why I picked up a bike in the first place.­
I did look at the map and the elevation gain is 387 feet in about 3.­5 miles.­ The last hill goes up to 549 feet and adds a mile.­ That's the goal, but I'm not sure if I'm simply setting my goals too high too fast or not.­
I have yet to do a group ride because my limit is about 15-18 miles total on fairly flat elevation, but the good thing is I've gotten that ride down from 2 stops that took about an hour and a half to no stops and just over an hour in the 4 times I've tried that long ride.­
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