QUICK BIKE THOUGHTS FOR BEGINNERS
What you will be up against.
By Ron Shea
- Why the ?'s Well to me, biking is OK. I haven't yet gotten a high
out of biking (any ideas?). In my last 12 weeks of training, I was
supposed to do on average two bike work-outs a week. It is a little
difficult working in a squat routine (weight-lifting) with running and biking as
your sore for the following two days. So I only biked once a week.
There are lots of trails around me (the Towpath). I bought a $100 dollar
mountain bike from Wal-Mart. It worked like a champ...there was a little
'tick' in the gears every once in a while but I got used to that. I didn't
want to make a big investment as I wasn't sure if I was going to like this whole
triathlon thing (I do now though).
If you haven't biked before, a few
recommendations: get a comfortable seat, you will be on it for hours
and get handlebars (Aerobars) that won't put pressure on your wrists as my
fingertips go numb after an hour without them. A helmet is a must even
though on a hot summer days I usually find myself without it...I should where it
more...I have heard some bad stories...
Get intimate with your bike! Take
it apart. Put it back together then take it apart again. Carry a few
important tools with you on your bike. In my first triathlon I was running
with a man who's bikes' chain came off and he was unable to fix it...he lost
about a half hour until other people came and helped him fix it. KNOW
Biking can get expensive and
detailed...since you're on your bike the most miles out of all the events, you
might want to think about doing a little more in depth research into this area.
But I assure you a mountain bike will do you just fine - they are only
heavier and have more rolling resistance.