Category Archives: My Bike Journey

My journey as a cyclist

Route your current bike ride

Recently I started to cycle a specific route. I still do not have a bike computer so any stats on my route has been a guess at best.

All I know thank to Google Maps is that it was a 10 mile loop starting and finishing at my house.

The one thing I knew was that the first half of the bike route the road sure kicks my behind.

But, I discovered VeloRoutes. The best tool is http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps. You can track your route and get the exact distance and nice looking graphs when it comes to elevation.

Here is the elevation graph for DMS-10 Mile route.

So this nice looking graph confirms why the first half my bike route kicks my butt.

Cadence what?

Another week of being a cyclist leads to learning a new term. This week I learned about Cadence.

You can read the math background and google how to measure it.

In short. Cadence is the amount of time you complete a full pedal. If you pedal 50 rotations an hour. Your cadence would be 50.

What I am learning about being a cyclist is that everything that can be measured, should be measured, and will be measured. You measure the distance, the speed, the altitude, and even the calories you have burned.

I am not interested in finishing the race in the top 10. I am interested in finishing the 100+ mile race with out killing my self. Cadence, will be the unit that I will be measuring and hopefully improve as the weeks come and go.

Why is Cadence something that needs to be measured?

If I keep a constant cadence I can condition my self to pedal at a constant and manageable rate. The goal is to keep a constanct pedaling rate regardless if the road is flat or a hill.

So, that lead me to my weekend adventure. I went out and looked for an inexpensive bike computer that could track the cadence for me.

I found an inexpensive wired bike computer that would do the job.

The CatEye Strada Cadence is the only one I found at this price range that came with Cadence.

But, I failed to get it to work.

Even after watching videos like the one below.



So, for now I will just ride and see who I can find to help me troubleshoot my basic bike computer.

The geek in me ..

Today was the first official team training with “Team in Training” Everyday I am learning something new when it comes to bicycling.

Today I learned how to ride with a group and how to let the riders in your group know about hazards on he rode and the safest way to pass someone.

I learned how bicyclist track their progress. I first learned about Pedometers from runners and walkers. I was not sure how they would work on bikes. But, I discovered they come with sensors that count the time the tire and your pedals spin.

So now the geek in me now wants this.


Garmin hook it up!

Sadly I don’t think I will be able to get something like that since that cost over 600 dollars. But, they make some really basic cheap ones for like 20 dollars. 🙂

I am looking forward to see what I learn next week.

Saddle but no Horse

Some of you know that I started a new journey called “Bike Riding” although when I mention the word bike. People tend to picture a motor cycle.

I am training for my first stage of the 1,000 mile bike ride next year. I am training to ride 100 miles in August via the “Team and Training” and I am helping to raise money to help fight blood cancer.

The last few weeks I have been learning new terminology and a new culture. The “Bike Culture” at first glance looks like a group of competitive people. But, what I am slowly learning is that the “Bike Culture” is full of good hearted people.

The first terminology I learned was the word “Saddle”. The word saddle is the word use to describe your bike seat.


My Saddle

The first thing people told me was to upgrade my Saddle. But, honestly I think regardless of your Saddle the hardest thing is getting use to sitting on a bike for 6 yo 8 hours of a time.

I have been riding for a few weeks and I finally got around getting bike shorts.

Thanks to the good people of REI. I was able to find a perfect pair of “Gel Padded Biker Shorts” within my budget.

Getting an upgraded Saddle made my ride softer but the bike shorts have made my ride enjoyable.

Now, I just need to save some money for the helmet and the tire tools I need to have in the next few weeks.