First ever ride on a road bike....

rufus357rufus
rufus357rufus Posts: 104
edited October 2009 in Road beginners
I bought a Carrera Virtuso of ebay - 6 months old looks brand new with computer and lights and pump for £200. I am sure none of you will be impressed but I was quite pleased!!!

Anyway went out for my first ride today and just did 12km but had a few issues.

- There was a lot of weight on my arms due to the forward leaning position.
- I got a crick in my neck from having to bend my head up to see forwards.

Are these 2 things normal and I wil get used to them or is the bike potentially set up wrongly for me?

I am 5'9" and it is a medium.

Comments

  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    It is pretty normal to have stiff arms and neck when you first ride a road bike (due to the lower position). This normally reduces as your "core strength" improves over a few weeks.

    There's a guide on set-up here http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm which may help. A general guide is that the front hub should be obscured by your handlebars when you look down.

    Stick with it mate - it will get better! :wink:
    Cycling weakly
  • christ my back was killing when i rode today when i was out with skyd0g but it was worse a month ago so just keep plugging along and you'll feel it ease.
    now neck pain christ it's agony isnt it lol i got that through riding a bike with a stem massively too big for me when i first ever got on a road bike (it was only a month go) :P
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  • Thanks guys; as I suspected- just get used to it!

    The fitting link is interesting.....
  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Another point, (other than the fit) is to try & vary your hand positions while riding - drops / hoods / flats, as this will reduce the pressure on the same muscle groups. It will also allow you to sit-up & relax your neck.

    You may also want to try & relax your grip on the bars & bend your elbows a little to absorb the bumps in the road. Novice riders often have a vice-like "death-grip" on the bars when they first go out, until they get used to the handling of the bike. :wink:
    Cycling weakly
  • sturmey
    sturmey Posts: 964
    The Virtuoso is quite a small bike for the size of frame. I rode a large and though I am only 6'tall I had to borrow a longer seatpost as the standard one was not long enough. Then the drop to the bars was quite significant.
    maybe you should consider flipping the stem-this will raise you up a couple of inches and make quite a big difference to your ridng experience.
  • I bought a Carrera Virtuso of ebay - 6 months old looks brand new with computer and lights and pump for £200. I am sure none of you will be impressed but I was quite pleased!!!

    Anyway went out for my first ride today and just did 12km but had a few issues.

    - There was a lot of weight on my arms due to the forward leaning position.
    - I got a crick in my neck from having to bend my head up to see forwards.

    Are these 2 things normal and I wil get used to them or is the bike potentially set up wrongly for me?

    I am 5'9" and it is a medium.

    The Peter White thing is great for changing your position on your bike, what I couldn't find was anything about changing the equipment you have. I bought a specialized tri-cross and got the same neck crick you mention. What solved this was buying an adjustable stem. The theory was that as I got used to being stretched out, I could change the angle that suited me. As nice as the people are in the bike shop, there was an element of snobbery mixed in with their belief that no-one knows more then they do, I sourced a new stem. It made a huge difference to my riding.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,404
    The aches you're experiencing are completely normal when riding a road bike for the first time. Don't worry though as you soon get used to it like when you try a new sport and use muscles in a different way.
  • "I bought a Carrera Virtuso"
    I'm sorry to hear that! :wink:



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  • skyd0g wrote:
    It is pretty normal to have stiff arms and neck when you first ride a road bike (due to the lower position). This normally reduces as your "core strength" improves over a few weeks.

    There's a guide on set-up here http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm which may help. A general guide is that the front hub should be obscured by your handlebars when you look down.

    Stick with it mate - it will get better! :wink:
    yup i had intense neck pain first time i road a road bike but i was not tired at all the pain was stopping me from cycling.. some stupid cow thought i was tired but i wasnt... we only done 50 miles for christs sake...

    now i don't have neck pain and i hardly experience back pain... i have had my own bike for a week now and i have been riding for 5 weeks on road bikes since i was borrowing the clubs bikes
    Coveryourcar.co.uk RT Tester
    north west of england.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    skyd0g wrote:
    It is pretty normal to have stiff arms and neck when you first ride a road bike (due to the lower position). This normally reduces as your "core strength" improves over a few weeks.

    There's a guide on set-up here http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm which may help. A general guide is that the front hub should be obscured by your handlebars when you look down.

    Stick with it mate - it will get better! :wink:
    yup i had intense neck pain first time i road a road bike but i was not tired at all the pain was stopping me from cycling.. some stupid cow thought i was tired but i wasnt... we only done 50 miles for christs sake...

    now i don't have neck pain and i hardly experience back pain... i have had my own bike for a week now and i have been riding for 5 weeks on road bikes since i was borrowing the clubs bikes

    A tad aggressive, is it not?
    I hope you're not referring to a member of your club! :shock:
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  • hopper1 wrote:
    skyd0g wrote:
    It is pretty normal to have stiff arms and neck when you first ride a road bike (due to the lower position). This normally reduces as your "core strength" improves over a few weeks.

    There's a guide on set-up here http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm which may help. A general guide is that the front hub should be obscured by your handlebars when you look down.

    Stick with it mate - it will get better! :wink:
    yup i had intense neck pain first time i road a road bike but i was not tired at all the pain was stopping me from cycling.. some stupid cow thought i was tired but i wasnt... we only done 50 miles for christs sake...

    now i don't have neck pain and i hardly experience back pain... i have had my own bike for a week now and i have been riding for 5 weeks on road bikes since i was borrowing the clubs bikes

    A tad aggressive, is it not?
    I hope you're not referring to a member of your club! :shock:
    sorry it wasn't directed at a club member. how was it agressive? i didn't mean for it too come across like that.
    Coveryourcar.co.uk RT Tester
    north west of england.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    None aggressive might have read:

    A lady thought I was tired, but I'd only done 50 miles. :wink:

    The 'stupid cow' and 'christs sake' are not really called for...

    And, before you anger the religious in the forum Christ begins with a capital 'C' :wink:

    Enjoy your cycling.
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  • lol sorry will not happen again sir =p


    but seriously it wont
    Coveryourcar.co.uk RT Tester
    north west of england.
  • northernneil
    northernneil Posts: 1,549
    "I bought a Carrera Virtuso"
    I'm sorry to hear that! :wink:



    come on, its ideal as a first bike and for the sounds of it if he doesnt like it he could probably sell it without a loss, I hate bike snobs
  • "I bought a Carrera Virtuso"
    I'm sorry to hear that! :wink:



    come on, its ideal as a first bike and for the sounds of it if he doesnt like it he could probably sell it without a loss, I hate bike snobs

    So you assume it's the Bike and not the supplier that the reference is too; who's the bike snob now :-)
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    sturmey wrote:
    The Virtuoso is quite a small bike for the size of frame. I rode a large and though I am only 6'tall I had to borrow a longer seatpost as the standard one was not long enough. Then the drop to the bars was quite significant.
    maybe you should consider flipping the stem-this will raise you up a couple of inches and make quite a big difference to your ridng experience.

    The Large size is the same as other larges really. I had a large Virtuoso as a commuter and it was too big, but a medium would have been fine.

    Headtube is pretty long.
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  • Garz
    Garz Posts: 1,155
    "I bought a Carrera Virtuso"
    I'm sorry to hear that! :wink:



    :idea:

    Tard?

    No need to get elitist... :idea:
  • No sense of humour on this forum then :roll:
  • kfinlay
    kfinlay Posts: 763
    I thought it was a joke too due to the :wink:
    Some people just have a dry sense of humour thats all, we're all grown ups aren't we :P
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  • Bill D
    Bill D Posts: 62
    You could try drugs for the stiff neck: I use ibuprofen gel (available from the chemists without prescription). Rub on soon to be affected areas just before a ride. After a bit, try riding without it and see the improvement. (Also works on sore knees etc).