How many miles a day for a newbie?



Ascension

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Hello, I recently started getting into cycling and I bought a new internal 3-speed bike. I am wondering, how many miles did you ride as a beginner?

Or better yet, how many miles would you recommend I ride?

I do about 18 miles everyday or every other day, going on the San Gabriel River Trail and Coyote Creek near LA.

So, how many miles? Or how many miles did YOU ride? :)
 

CalicoCat

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It depends on what kind of riding you are doing/want to be doing. Nobody here will tell you how many miles to ride. If you want to do a hilly century, you need to gradually increase your distance and ride hills. The key is to GRADUALLY increase that distance. Increase too much too fast, and you risk injuring yourself. So, if you ride 18mi now, try 20 next week. When that gets easy, increase to 25. etc. Rule of thumb is not to increase more than 10% at a time. But there is no magic number of miles that you should be riding.
 

dkrenik

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CalicoCat has offered some good advice: It depends on your goals.

Also, it might be more wise to track time instead of distance (again, depends on your goals). Your body doesn't know how many miles you've ridden. Only that you've been pedaling for "x" hours.

Dave
 

dwhitty

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All good advice.
Can I add something.
Don't neglect shorter more intense rides as they will help with your overall fitness when doing longer rides.
The key word being INTENSE.
It's no good doing 45 minutes at your endurance pace. Try some intervals. Sprinting up sections of hills or using high gears on flats.

If you are short on time, a good intense 30 minutes is better than the TV.
 

roadhouse

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it sounds as if someone is fishing for me so i'll bite, when i first got my road bike i do believe i rode no less than 200 miles per week and even closer to 300 a few times. nothing too intense unless an airplane or a space shuttle wanted to race me and then they'd lose but i just rode a lot...because i could. suggest you ride how you feel about it too.
 

tonyzackery

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^^ Agree with what was said right above. As a beginner, you need to learn where your limits are and you'll do that by riding as much and as often as you feel like riding. Your body will tell you when to back off. IMO, you don't need the structure of intervals or going any harder than you feel like going. Doesn't sound like you'll be racing anytime soon, so just ride for the enjoyment of riding. If, down the road, you feel like getting competitive you'll have plenty of time to adjust your program...
 

jagonz456

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Like most people have already posted you should ride as many miles as you feel comfortable riding. I can tell you that changing your ride and looking for different bike paths helps a lot. If You want to rides more miles you need to setup goals. Sign up for charity rides around where you live and train for these rides. Start slow 20-30 mile ride and grow as needed. I also found a GPS to track my progress you can buy a bike computer with GPS or you can use your phone since most smart phones have GPS build in. Iphone has an applications that will allow you to track your miles and post it on a website. GPS computer will track everything for you Miles,Time,Distance,cadence,altitude,heart rate and calories burned you can upload this info to a webpage and keep track of your progress. Drink a lot of water and never stop eating food is fuel.
 

Kakashi

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Hello, I recently started getting into cycling and I bought a new internal 3-speed bike. I am wondering, how many miles did you ride as a beginner?

Or better yet, how many miles would you recommend I ride?

I do about 18 miles everyday or every other day, going on the San Gabriel River Trail and Coyote Creek near LA.

So, how many miles? Or how many miles did YOU ride? :)

Nowadays Im not really doing long rides because it's rainy season here so I guess I'm just doing 5-6 mile runs every other day on my MTB. But monthly when I'm with my biking buddies we go out for a 10 mile run up.
 

treecko142

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I don't really do long rides, just short bursts in the city where I live, but I guess it depends on the goals of the beginner, so miles don't really matter as much as knowing the right way of doing things and experiencing crowded roads, open roads, smooth and rough surfaces.
 

Corzhens

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I sometimes do long rides but only when I have companions. Usually it is the uphill road to the mountain city of Antipolo that is punishing to the legs. Anyway, for a newbie, I don't remember doing long rides when I was new in biking because I was afraid that my legs will be abused and I might have an injury. My take on such long rides is that until my body cooperates. That means as long as I can push the pedal conveniently then it's a go otherwise it's time to quit.