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Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy UltimaDork
1/14/20 12:52 p.m.

I'll echo what lots of others have said: "Just ride."

Put aside 30 minutes a day to start out, and just ride around. Make sure you do a bit of gentle warm up and cool down . 

I know you live in the sticks, so things are a bit different, but if you can replace short rides in a car with the bike, that's a way to burn some calories, too.

They also sell these things that jack up the rear wheel and let you use a regular bike as a stationary bike for when the weather is crap. If you get one of those, any excuses regarding the weather are gone.

 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
1/14/20 1:45 p.m.
Brett_Murphy said:

They also sell these things that jack up the rear wheel and let you use a regular bike as a stationary bike for when the weather is crap. If you get one of those, any excuses regarding the weather are gone.

so you're gonna want to avoid those... ;-)

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
1/14/20 1:55 p.m.

I would pay attention to your position and posture on the bike, if you are pitched forward in an aggressive lean you will be putting a lot of stress on your wrists. This position is great for the X-Games set, but not for us old, fat guys. I raised my handlebars as far as they would go, but I am still not comfortable after a long ride. My wrists ache, my back aches, it sucks. I decided that making a mountain bike into a comfort bike is not as efficient as simply buying a comfort bike.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
1/14/20 2:22 p.m.
pinchvalve said:

I would pay attention to your position and posture on the bike, if you are pitched forward in an aggressive lean you will be putting a lot of stress on your wrists. This position is great for the X-Games set, but not for us old, fat guys. I raised my handlebars as far as they would go, but I am still not comfortable after a long ride. My wrists ache, my back aches, it sucks. I decided that making a mountain bike into a comfort bike is not as efficient as simply buying a comfort bike.

Check out something like the Velo Orange Tourist, Milano or something similar with a lot of back sweep. Bet that fixes your issue.  https://velo-orange.com/collections/handlebars My wife was complaining about a similar issue until I put the Tourist bars on her Surly 1x1 mountain bike.

Minor point but usually the most aggressive position is seen on roadies or XC bikes (neither of which are what I would call the X-games set).

ae86andkp61
ae86andkp61 Dork
1/14/20 7:44 p.m.

It has largely been covered already, but I want to put in another vote for just going for a ride.

I've had several lapses, and the best way for me to get back to it with long-term results was to promise myself only one thing: that I was going to go out ride today, and that time/distance didn't matter...the only thing I needed to commit to was getting out to ride regularly (make it every weekend, or every other day, 5-days a week, or whatever  sort of regular schedule fits your life.)  Making it a regular habit increases my enjoyment and makes it fun to continue...when it is fun, I find that the rest comes in time as I naturally do it more frequently and for longer so I can keep having fun.

Let us know how it goes!

No Time
No Time Dork
1/14/20 8:46 p.m.
yupididit said:

Even at my peak fitness level, a flight if stairs always get me out of breath lol 

That's a tough one to get past, regardless of fitness level.

The increase in intensity from flat ground to stairs is instantaneous, so the heart rate and O2 needs jump quickly like it would in a sprint. 

I have found my heart rate and breathing have dropped significantly at the top of three flights after losing 35-40 lbs, but still jumps up quickly. 

Recon1342
Recon1342 HalfDork
1/14/20 9:46 p.m.

In reply to No Time :

It's been noted that athletes and people in good shape actually tend to have faster breathing/heart rates at the top of stairs than sedentary folks do. Basically, your body is shifting gears into cardio mode and revving itself up...

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