Century Bike Rides: Training Tips for Beginners

After we recently published "Century Bike Rides for Beginners", we received requests for training advice.  Luckily, we found some serious cyclists from our favorite cycling forum to relay their training advice. Here is what "Calico Cat" and others (including the Athletic-Minded TravelerTeam) suggest: If you are starting from scratch -- meaning ground ZERO:

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A Cure for Cold, Aching, Hurting Knees and Joints

With the recent time change, my 630am bike rides have become somewhat colder. Keeping my upper body warm is easy--layers, arm warmers, etc.--but until recently I struggled to keep my legs warm, especially during the first 30 minutes of the ride.

The crisp morning air would pierce into my knees and create stiffness and an annoying (not severe) amount of knee pain. I tried wearing leg warmers, which are helpful for those bitter cold winter days, but I find them restrictive and too warm after 30 minutes in the saddle when the temps are above 45F.

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