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    Riding Length

    Hi Guys,

    For the last week or so I have bee doing some long, well long for me rides. They would go for anywhere from 10 miles and up to 20 miles like I did yesterday and today. I want to plan another one one tomorrow but the wife thinks I should take a day or two off as im exhausted when I get home.

    I don't know if getting back out there and riding is the best or should I take a day off to recover from the last rides. I'm not all that sore going out but do indeed feel it when I get home

    I think I may be in the market for some padded shorts as I have had my saddle a year and its just not the most comfortable. Can padded shorts be had a decent prices.

    Again I always get good answer to questions from you great guys so look forward to hearing your opinions.

    Thanks

    Jeremy

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    If it's below 65F...I can go 25-30 miles, no problem. A day or two recovery will only make you stronger on the next ride...granted, you get enough rest.

    Definitely invest in padded shorts.
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    Thanks, I will look into the padded shorts. Would you have any that you can recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerB View Post
    Thanks, I will look into the padded shorts. Would you have any that you can recommend?
    I usually buy cheap, padded spandex shorts under my Bermuda or Cargo shorts. Fox makes nice MTB shorts....not cheap, but will last many years of heavy use.
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    Yeah thats what I would want, some padded spandex shorts under my current cargo shorts. Would you have a link as to where I might find some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerB View Post
    Yeah thats what I would want, some padded spandex shorts under my current cargo shorts. Would you have a link as to where I might find some?
    Have at it:
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    Be careful with pushing your limits if you're just getting in to riding. I just started back a few months ago and was really gung-ho about riding as much as I could, pretty much every other day. The road riding aspect of things wasn't too problematic but the single-track riding (which I prefer) has started taking a toll due to my frequency and possibly the intensity and technicality of my rides. I'm just starting to see some ailments of my knees. I know what it is and I have to lay off, recover, and carefully build the stamina. I've been pushing it a little too hard and my muscles need a bit more recovery time in between. Also, I sound like a broken record but by adding a Heart Rate Monitor to my riding, it has helped me immensely to understand and improve my riding and endurance so I don't blow-up during a ride as well as having plenty of energy left even AFTER my rides.

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    good selection and low prices at Aerotech Designs
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    Any road short from about the second cheapest on up works great as a liner for baggies, better, IMO, than liners marketed for the purpose. Try them on - sizing for cycling clothes makes as much sense as sizing for dresses.

    As far as recovery days, unless you have time to ride six or seven days a week, don't sweat it. Ride if you feel like riding, do it at the pace you feel like, and enjoy.

    I find miles a pretty useless measure of ride difficulty, and really even length. I'm going to pull the spandex on and do a route of around 16 on the road. It'll be easy for me. On a different day, I might be riding the trails near my house, and 10 miles would be a pretty fair chunk to bite off. On some of the trails I used to ride before I moved, 10 wouldn't be such a big deal.

    I guess you're also telling us subjectively it feels like a lot. So don't push it, but if you're warming up and feeling good during a ride, it's probably fine. Just pay attention if you get joint pain.

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    Thanks for all the tips guys, this is a great forum and can always find answer to all my questions. I really appreciate all the advice given

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerB View Post

    I think I may be in the market for some padded shorts as I have had my saddle a year and its just not the most comfortable. Jeremy
    Why does an uncomfortable saddle = Padded shorts?

    How about you take a rest day and go the the bike shop and find a comfortable saddle? They usually have demo saddles and most have the ass-o-meter.
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    Distance doesnt matter so much as does elevation on rides. My buddy and I went out the other day to a new trail to try out. In the space of 1 hour and change, we had travelled a total of 3.4 miles. This was due to the trail being very technical (wet, rocky, rooty and a huge climb over it all). Our normal trail we take is 11.4 miles and our personal best is 1hr. 5 mins. After the 3.4 mile ride i was twice as tired as i usually would be.

    Like Mr. Andrwswitch mentioned go out if you feel you can. IF you get slight pulls of muscles then go easy on them and let them heal. If you ride whilst slightly injured you will more than likely turn it into a worse injury.

    To aid recovery, make sure you eat the correct foods. All those protein bars drinks etc i dont believe in as much as "real" food (no im not old) but thats personal choice. Make sure you eat right and this will aid recovery further and get you out on your bike again.

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