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Road Cycling for beginners

Hey Everyone,

I am very interested in trying road cycling. Does anyone know where I can purchase a relatively cheap bike either online or anywhere near Lausanne?

Also, do you happen to know of any clubs which organize group bike tours?

Tom
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Old 26.05.2011, 21:24
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Hi Tom,
We've just got back from a nice (rainy) evening ride through Lavaux with a small relaxed group from the bike shop called 'One more Tandem'. They are running them every Thursday night from the shop. Its worth checking them out as they have a good range of new and second hand bikes.

Happy biking
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Thanks Zimmo!
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Hi Tom,

You can buy it on line, at chainreactioncycles.com, they deliver to Switzerland (very smooth transactions in my own past experiences) and prices are quite reasonable. I personally bought mine (a Giant) across the lake in Thonon-les-bains in a shop called Culture velo (you can claim the VAT), they have very good service.

I am not quite yet ready for long tours, as I only go from Ouchy to Morges once a week, but maybe in the future we can get together and practice a bit. In the mean time, I think there is a shop in Lausanne that organize tours but I will let others comment. Regarding other tours, you can have a look at this link (in the Valais).

Here is also a very nice thread from ChrisW that has tons of useful info.

Hope this helps, yopo.
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Thanks Yopo!

Will def look into all of that. Once I get a bike, I will let you know!

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I am new to road biking- I used to mountainbike 10 years ago.

I have lots of questions.

I was coming down from a category 2 climb doing about 40-45 mph. I hit potholes/rucks there was nowhere to go and it was pretty scary. Any ideas about how to handle this situation? I will do the climb again so on this one I know where the rucks are, but am worried about unexpected ones.
The bottom half I did with no handlebars experimenting with using my weight on the bends it felt great.
Also the doctor tells me I have asthma- which I laughed at. I have never had it before but now feel that i have to accept that I do have it. It comes on from wheezing uphill. It started when I was out cycling in frosty weather. I had taken a break form the antibiotics thinking that I was cured from bronchitis when I wasn't. Now the cars are yellow with pollen which isn't helping.
Does anyone else have asthma when cycling? If so how do you handle it?
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

www.canyon.de

Not close to Lausanne and they're not allowed to deliver to Switzerland due to a branding dispute. But if you can get to the border (pick up centre) or to their showroom in Koblenz, you'll save about 40%-50% on the equivalent bike purchased here.
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

I tend not to put climbs/decents into categories... each mountain road in Switzerland tends to be quite unique in quality and difficulty.

Anything over 60km/h is getting quite fast, anything over 80km/h is getting scary, especially if the road condition is bad. Take for example the decent from the Nufenenpass heading towards Airolo...it's a concrete road in not-so-good condition with many bumps, but with a tailwind speeds of 80km/h+ are quite easily achieved. On a road bike however, the bumps and cracks are very noticeable and can be hazardous. My method is not to sit, but have my weight over the cranks with my bum/weight as far back as possible, and head low down near the handlebars. This acts more like suspension, and allows for better braking (can brake harder with both the front and rear brakes). Brake as much as possible in a straight line, and ALWAYS have hands on the handle bars at speed...a slight bump at front will throw you off otherwise.(Happened to Jens Voigt during one of the TdFs when he had one hand off the bars for a second or two).

Perhaps learn by watching cycling races and see how the profis do it.
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I tend not to put climbs/decents into categories... each mountain road in Switzerland tends to be quite unique in quality and difficulty.

Anything over 60km/h is getting quite fast, anything over 80km/h is getting scary, especially if the road condition is bad. Take for example the decent from the Nufenenpass heading towards Airolo...it's a concrete road in not-so-good condition with many bumps, but with a tailwind speeds of 80km/h+ are quite easily achieved. On a road bike however, the bumps and cracks are very noticeable and can be hazardous. My method is not to sit, but have my weight over the cranks with my bum/weight as far back as possible, and head low down near the handlebars. This acts more like suspension, and allows for better braking (can brake harder with both the front and rear brakes). Brake as much as possible in a straight line, and ALWAYS have hands on the handle bars at speed...a slight bump at front will throw you off otherwise.(Happened to Jens Voigt during one of the TdFs when he had one hand off the bars for a second or two).

Perhaps learn by watching cycling races and see how the profis do it.
Like you said I should have braked in a straight line, thanks for reminding me I remember learning that in Motorbiking now. The holes threw me off though and there was loose grit which always freaks me out. I have this terrible urge to fly on a bike or motorbike- Pretty stupid really. I remember the position you describe from when I was younger, but it would freak me out it try it now. The bike is strong- all carbon but not great gears. I am not as strong as a man and not that young- so my body will not absorb rucks well; I have a 5 by 4 cm bruise which basically covers the inside of my wrist the inside of my wrist and ça alors! I broke a nail. It's about time I got my limitations into my head- but I'm becoming addicted to cycling and the weight is coming off.

Did you know that there is an ap for phones so that you can chart your whole route and work out calories burned- perhaps it's BS but it gives me incentive.
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Also the doctor tells me I have asthma- which I laughed at. I have never had it before but now feel that i have to accept that I do have it. It comes on from wheezing uphill. It started when I was out cycling in frosty weather. I had taken a break form the antibiotics thinking that I was cured from bronchitis when I wasn't. Now the cars are yellow with pollen which isn't helping.
Does anyone else have asthma when cycling? If so how do you handle it?
I have a touch of asthma which seems to have multiple contributing causes:
1) Allergies, in particular dust mites.
2) Exercise.
3) Cold air.
Basically, when enough of the causes have been present, I start wheezing. This started around age 30.

When it first hit, before I figured out the allergy component, any exercise at all lead to wheezing. I started using an inhaler (Albuterol, called Ventolin over here) preemptively, which is fine in moderation. After I figured it out, I bought mite covers for my bedding and became better at airing out and vacuuming the apartment. Sometimes when staying in other places I take an antihistamine before going to sleep. Mostly this is enough, but I still try to bring an inhaler when I know I'm going to be winded.
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Im looking to get my first road bike, and and am considering one from Price Bikes. Anyone have an opinion about this brand?
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Price is a swiss builder.

they source OEM frames from Taiwan, paint them here ( they have a good palette of choices ) and build them with your choice of components.

My city commuter is built on a Price Cyclocross frame, it is a good, reasonably light weight and fully functional but not pretty frameset.

I got it very discounted. I would not pay what they ask for on the shops here.
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

I've been badly asthmatic since 10 - and have all the allergies too
take the ventolin before exercise and it will help - but what I have found is that...

5yrs ago I was on really really REALLY strong medication morning and night including inhaler, nose spray and tablets... now 5yrs later I can get away with ventolin and I attribute 90% of that to riding heaps more and getting fitter - it will help you out...

Also I notice that I tend to start, get really bad shape but then stop, take ventolin, and it's almost like breaking through a wall .... once on the otherside after that first episode it gets easier then... but that break can take a little time to recover... the body somehow has to train for it....

I'm no doctor - that's just what works for me - mind you i'm never going to be a strong hill rider...

Good luck with the riding and sorting out your asthma

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I have a touch of asthma which seems to have multiple contributing causes:
1) Allergies, in particular dust mites.
2) Exercise.
3) Cold air.
Basically, when enough of the causes have been present, I start wheezing. This started around age 30.

When it first hit, before I figured out the allergy component, any exercise at all lead to wheezing. I started using an inhaler (Albuterol, called Ventolin over here) preemptively, which is fine in moderation. After I figured it out, I bought mite covers for my bedding and became better at airing out and vacuuming the apartment. Sometimes when staying in other places I take an antihistamine before going to sleep. Mostly this is enough, but I still try to bring an inhaler when I know I'm going to be winded.
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Old 09.06.2011, 18:44
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I have been riding more in the basement with the bike on a stand. I thought that perhaps when the pollen count is down I will try again. I was thinking of riding with a mask, but imagine that would be so annoying.
I will wear the mask for the next two- week while out in a very polluted city- not cycling. When I get back I will try without the mask. If I have the same problem then I'll be back to the doctor for ventolin.
I thnk you are right- I have to get fitter- and lose more weight. I am trying to keep up with my husband, who is trying to keep up with his cycling buddies.

His aim is to conquer this before summer end. I highly doubt that I will be able to cycle the whole thing.

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail...lid=BGN015-015

I tried to find on-line reviews on Price bikes- I couldn't find anything, other than they seem very expensive to me. I have an all carbon frame Raleigh , but my gears don't cover a wide enough. I would say make sure to make sure that the gears are good.
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Re: Road Cycling for beginners

Excellent timing, I am just getting into road cycling, after a few years of mountain biking...

Instead of buying a bike, I have one on loan from a friend so I can figure out this sport a bit better before laying down some serious cash. I did also hear good things about that Tandem store in Lausanne, so maybe I'll check it out if I don't buy a bike in the U.S. and take it back on an airplane with me this summer.

I'm in Lausanne, so maybe someone here wants to hook up sometime for an EF road bike excursion. I belong to a triathlon team, so I have people to ride with, but this weekend will be my first outing with them on a bike and I wonder what I am setting myself up for...

Hoppy, I was diagnosed with asthma for the first time when I was pregnant with my third child. It started after a bout of some coughing illness I picked up on an airplane.

I saw a specialist eventually, after struggling on and off with asthma for a couple of years. It was diagnosed as "cold air asthma". If I can do my outdoor sports in warmer climates, I'm fine, but once I get too much cold air in my lungs I'm in trouble. Simply using a scarf to cover my mouth helps quite a bit, though.

Another time, I was struggling with asthma, got rid of wool carpets, goosedown, etc. to no avail. Then rummaging around one day I found an old bag of horrible potpourri some well-intentioned fool had given me that was stuffed in the back of a drawer. Well, I quickly disposed of it and presto! No more asthma!
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I am new to road biking- I used to mountainbike 10 years ago.

I have lots of questions.

I was coming down from a category 2 climb doing about 40-45 mph. I hit potholes/rucks there was nowhere to go and it was pretty scary. Any ideas about how to handle this situation? I will do the climb again so on this one I know where the rucks are, but am worried about unexpected ones.
The bottom half I did with no handlebars experimenting with using my weight on the bends it felt great.
Also the doctor tells me I have asthma- which I laughed at. I have never had it before but now feel that i have to accept that I do have it. It comes on from wheezing uphill. It started when I was out cycling in frosty weather. I had taken a break form the antibiotics thinking that I was cured from bronchitis when I wasn't. Now the cars are yellow with pollen which isn't helping.
Does anyone else have asthma when cycling? If so how do you handle it?
Hi,
I have started Running also for the reason to improve my lung capacity and get fitter. Before, I wasn't sure to be able to run more than 20 min without wheezing. When Mountainbiking, I'm usually not affected. Have you checked what the allergen is in your case? Or is it only related to 'Anstrengung'/Excercise-Induced? I think its important that an allergologist will help you find out what form of asthma it exactly is. Then he can prescribe treatment if necessary. My asthma is not alone excercice-induced. What helps immediately is to reduce the excercise - stop for a while and regulate the pulse and lung function by inhaling/exhaling. If this problem is serious, move med - swiss sports medical center at Klinik Hirslanden can advise you in detail about further prevention.
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