- Need an alternative to mtbing
After last weekends ride/push/carry on the downs, I'm not gonna bother until the trails dry out a bit. My bike was in a right state and it was completely unenjoyable.Posted 8 years ago
Playing 5-aside football was always my alternative, but last time I played I really buggered my knee and it meant I was off the bike for around 2 months.
So I'm after suggestions of something I can do to keep/get fit, where I can turn up as and when I feel (only want to do it when conditions are poor), and that I can do of an evening when the kids are in bed.
Please help before I turn into an even fatter, grumpier mess.dmillerMember
Can you ride bikes on the road? Would be ace if you could! You could leave from your house and do a few hours in the evening! You should totally start one of those prime minister website petition to allow bikes on the road! We could have races and everything. I'm gonna call it 'road cycling' and see if it catches on! 🙂Posted 8 years agoTi29erMember
I've taken to the roads for the first time ever and rather enjoying it!
Akin to some resistance training, decked out with mud guards, lights front & rear, I've been exploring the local villages.
Managing I've been doing 3hrs and 42 miles at a ride and feel great for it.
It's really surprised me how hard it is, just pedalling pretty non-stop for that length of time with winter tyres f&rear
It's very sound base-training and really good for my aeoribic fitness levels.Posted 8 years agosurlyriderMember
Build a cheap 'cross/road/ss/fixed – up from the bits in your shed/someone elses shed.
Get cross tyres or skinny 26-ers that roll nicely.
Ride to work the long way (different routes all the time)
Ride home the long way.
Weekends and longer evenings – put together some routes that invovle small country lanes/hardpack green lanes/bridleways/cyclepaths/towpaths/
Do big loops,all over the place.
Get your mtb out and ride the nearest city/town/village/urban area :- play on steps,street furnature,parks, small backlanes – link them together with local cyclepaths. You will find stuff all over the place.
Get some rollers and practice riding one legged,one handed,no handed…..Posted 8 years ago
It's more to do with the fact it was so muddy that the wheels won't turn. I'm not into carrying my bike round a route. Those tough guys that say mtfu good for you, if you do stuff for the sake of it and not because you enjoy it then you'll make someone a great wife.
Thanks for the tips. Been down the leisure centre this morning and they have circuit training of a Wednesday evening which sounds like it might be good.Posted 8 years agosimonfbarnesMember
It's more to do with the fact it was so muddy that the wheels won't turn.
Are you by any chance one of the posters' who advocate running the same tyres all year-round?
if the wheels won't turn then there must be plenty of grip or if jammed then the tyres are irrelevant ?Posted 8 years agopoppaMember
Circuit training is great, quite addictive once you find the right level of effort to keep going for the whole session.
Personally, I reccommend road cycling. Especially if you can get a cheap road bike. Not only does it keep you fit, but you are keeping your cycling specific fitness up so when you get back on the MTB you will be a god.Posted 8 years ago
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