Starting out - aiming for a 4 day charity ride by spring

boyoonabike Posts: 29
edited September 2009 in Road beginners

Just dusted down the bike and got the bug as I watched my son learn to ride. We are currently causal MTB users along tracks with a 15 month on the carry seat. Living between Newport and Cwmcarn in South Wales road bikes as well as MTBs are a constant sight.

But I am looking for a challenge to have a goal to aid my need to get fitter. I am looking to do a 4 day sponsored ride next Spring for BHF or Christian Aid.

The 2005 Raleigh Chinook is not up to the job - neither am I at the moment so where do I start?A decent road bike seems to be a must. How much should I spend on bike and kit? Are there any pitfalls in riding for charity?

I am nervous about joining a club due to my lack of fitness - most riders I see around here are as fit as the proverbial butchers dog. So any help or guidance would be appreciated.