new series! all about biking

new series! all about biking

Hi guys! So I’m starting up a little series on a hot topic basically because my husband and I are interested in learning more (how selfish of me! Just kidding…). Over the past couple of years I’ve spent a solid amount of time with the baby boomer set and they seem to be flocking to this certain sport. The hot and trendy folk in major cities are obsessively signing up for classes, spending upwards of $35 per class. This trend seems to be popping up among all kinds of ages. I’m always fielding questions about it, but I don’t really have the answers! My husband and I know virtually nothing about it but we’re interested in trying out…biking.

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maybe one day we’ll want to do a nude bike ride…? photo: Eco Localizer

Yup, that’s it–just biking! We were lucky to inherit some retro road bikes from his parents, a pretty cool matching set. We got the dude bike all tuned up and cleaned, and the little lady needs to go into the shop soon. Here’s my husband’s new set of wheels on our indoor stand:

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the little lady bike is electric blue!

Like I said already, we know pretty much nothing about biking as a sport. A few years ago we had a really fun day out in Colorado riding through hills and valleys, pointing out cows and horses. I’m very savvy with the occasional biking around the neighborhood on a lazy afternoon. I’ve even hit up a few spin classes in my time. But I’ve never thrown on a helmet and pulled on one of those fancy biking outfits (that don’t look too comfortable, especially for the gents) with the intention of getting a stellar workout. Eep, I’m a newbie here!

I’m hoping that between your comments and my research, I’ll be a biking pro in no time. My basic questions are:

  • How does one start up training on a bike?
  • What is a typical distance (in miles) for a workout?
  • What is a normal pace (in miles per hour)?
  • How do you track your time and distance, is there a good phone app?
  • What are the rules of the road?! Miami is infamous for bicyclist accidents.
  • Does it really live up to the crazy following that it has?
  • Spin class vs. road biking?
  • Do I have to wear a silly aerodynamic outfit?

I will come up with so many more questions, trust me. But I want to know: do any of you bike, cycle, spin, ride? What is the cool term for biking anyway? Will running and biking make me itch to do a triathlon? Anyone else totally in the dark about biking?

photo credit: Bicycling, EcoLocalizer