That’s funny. I’ve been lifting for a while and decided to buy a road bike to work on my endurance and conditioning
Mostly hills and sprinting interest me. I like the idea of adding mass to my legs while improving my conditioning (both aerobic and anaerobic). Any tips you can give me on that subject would be awesome.
It really depends what your goals are. If you want to get fit on the bike, I’d just start off riding around a couple of times per week. Make it fun and train on varied terrain (include flats, hills, etc). Learn how to corner, descend, and get comfortable riding in the drops, on the hoods and standing. If you haven’t done much cycling before you may find it feels as though your legs hurt and ‘give out’ before you feel much of a cardiovascular workout. If you’re consistent you’ll find this corrects itself over time as the muscles adapt. I wouldn’t try any structured intervals to start. The great thing about cycling is that if you ride on varied terrain, there’s a big natural variation in your power output, so it’s a bit like doing unstructured intervals all the time. Also, if you have a cycling club nearby, get in touch with them and go out on some group rides. It takes time to learn to ride in a group, so let everyone know you’re new to it so they can help you stay safe.
All of the above assumes you’re new to riding. If you have more experience let me know and I might be able to help with more advice on training structure.
Yeah, my neighborhood is VERY hilly. I use literally every single gear I’ve got. There’s one hill I haven’t even been able to climb in 1-1 (my Nemesis), and several short straights where I can grind out the big gears. I have no idea how fast I can go, but I could go faster with taller gears for sure. Might look into upgrading later just cause I love to haul ass.
Virtually no experience other than neighborhood riding on BMX and MTB. I’m just having fun with it. Not planning on doing anything serious with it at all, but I like to get the most out of my hobbies.
Learning how to properly set the bike up right now. Probably doesn’t matter much since I’m not gonna be riding hundreds of miles a week but again, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.