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How to Win a Bike Jersey on 3/30

2012 Bike Jersey - San Diego Century

Since we have all been new riders at some point, or may be now, where every climb was a challenge (like the 3 Witches Climb and the Purple Monster Climb), this week’s jersey giveaway question is all about helping with a goal we hope is common to all of us: encourage more people to take up cycling.

If you haven’t participated yet, we will be giving away San Diego Century bike jerseys this week (and every week until 5/19) with some fun website questions.  We gave away one jersey over the weekend, so there will be one winner on Friday from those who participate this week.  The winner will receive a free 2012 San Diego Century bike jersey.

Whether or not you want to participate, be sure to check out our 2012 merchandise, including the jersey, t-shirts and caps.

This week’s question is “What is your best tip for new cyclists?”  Post a comment below with your answer to get in on the Jersey contest.

Priceless: Check out Chuck & the Squeaking Dogs, last week’s Jersey Winner>>

Need a suggestion on how to record your rides with your phone, or draw a map of your ride route online?  Here’s a list of online services where you can start for free and upload ride tracks from your phone, import your Garmin files (or Polar, Timex, etc) or draw your route.


The best comments between Tuesday and 5:00 pm  Friday 3/30  are eligible.  The judging team from San Diego Century will select the winning comments on 3/30 and 3/31, with the winners posted the week of 4/2.

More details on the giveaway:

San Diego Century "3 Witches" Climb

The 3/30 promotion will include one San Diego Century 2012 Bike Jersey.  No purchase necessary.  Entries limited to one per person.  One prize per person.  Previous 2012 winners are not eligible.   Items will be awarded based on best comments on this post between March 27 and Friday March 30, 2012 at 5 pm, with winners selected by San Diego Century judges.

There are 25 comments for this Post

  1. Randy -

    The best way to start up cycling is: 1) love movement; 2) hate running.

  2. Jules -

    Best tip for starting cycling – by a bike. I mean a good one. Spend the extra dosh on the carbon fiber, I think it is worth it.
    The reason I took up cycling and spend so much time on the bike was to try and emulate that nice slim but muscular physique that most cyclist have. Hmm, still working on that one……..

  3. amber -

    Learn to love it. The reward for hard work, is the opportunity to do more hard work.

  4. Steve C -

    Get a proper fit as soon as possible! 🙂

  5. Nayely M. Limon -

    Never start off too fast too soon, pacing yourself prevents riders from “hitting a wall” too early in a ride. Endurance is a ladder you can’t rush up!

    Ride on,
    -CyClePathic Writer

  6. Dan -

    From my coach (best tip ever):
    Break the ride up into 3rds. Go easier during the first 1/3. Everyone else will be high on adrenalin at the start and they will go out too hard. Do worry; you will be passing them between miles 40 and 60. Do the second 1/3 at century ride pace, about 70% of your max effort. If you have enough left in the tank, pull out the stops and let er rip for the last 1/3 so you can finish strong!

  7. Brian Taylor -

    Decide what kind of riding you want to do and buy a bike that is appropriate for that style. If you want to cruise the beach get a beach cruiser, if you want to trail ride get a mountain bike and make sure that whatever bike you do get that it is properly sized for you. Then get out and ride with all of the proper safety equipment.

  8. Tiffany Peterson -

    Know that your gonna go down at some time and to embrace it and wear padded bike shorts.

  9. Heather Hummel -

    Make sure you get a great bike that “fits” you. Your basically trading money for a life of adventure and a healthy life style so don’t be cheap! Get some cool riding gear; clothes, shoes, camelback and helmet. I have fresh water in my camelback and electrolyte water on my bike. Find bike buddies. I like more experienced ones as they push me and know where some cool trails/paths are. Be adventurous, wherever you go you can always find your way back.

  10. Theresia -

    Don’t be afraid of the clips! Clipping into your pedals is a must… I was so afraid to clip in that I road with bike shoes and strap pedals for the first couple months… until my brother (a long time avid cyclist) found out I still wasn’t using the pedals I’d bought months before. His response was “…you’ve raised 3 teenage daughters and your afraid to clip into your pedals?” Strange logic, I know, but I put my pedals on that night and never looked back! Yeah, you’ll go down once or twice but it will be while your not moving, it won’t be bad…. 🙂

  11. Ben Wojcik -

    Always, always put in your contact lenses before applying chamois creme. In Winter, keep the chamois creme in a different location than your embrocation. You will only make that mistake once.

  12. Bill -

    In addition to the very accurate comments above (buy as much bike as you can afford, preferrably carbon, get shorts/bib with a good chamois and use a chamois creme) I would recommend getting a garmin computer. These provide excellent feedback and tracking of your riding. Their website lets you upload all your data to compare one ride to the next to see if you are getting stronger/improving. I like the version with cadence and heart rate monitor. As you are first getting stared it’s hard to find someone that rides at the same pace as you. The garmin gives you feedback and will allow you to train on your own until you find a group or person to train with.
    I also LOVE the goal setting option. You can manually build a training plan and it tracks your every ride to let you know if you’re on track to achieve your goal.

    Lastly, if you are brand new and don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothing, visit . They have top quality clothing/bikes/components, etc at half what you’d pay at the local bike shop. (sorry LBS guys, but sometimes you just need to save to get into this sport.)

    Keep the wheels down and rolling.

  13. Adriana yanin -

    Invite a Friend yo rinde with You, after my surgery I was too by my Dr. Not to do any hard impact I’m my knees, it’s better to ride a bike, I invited a friend and now we have a group of 4 friends that never had a bike before and now we love riding our bikes

  14. Naomi Dauermann -

    Find a nearby cycling community that hosts regular rides, one that welcomes riders new to the sport. At the same time, sign up for a charity ride three months out and train for a moderate distance, while getting your friends and co-workers to help sponsor you. By the time your event rolls around, you will have made friends in your cycling community, developed skills and strength gradually. You will have such a successful ride that you will now be a passionate cyclist!

  15. Asia Garrett -

    The 3 most important tips to a successful beginner rider are:
    1. Get a good pair of cycling shorts. Comfort is everything.
    2. Make sure you have a decent bike with good tires. Preferably a road bike. Granted Carbon fiber is good but as a first time rider – I began with an aluminum frame and did about 20 rides to include the San Diego Century before upgrading to Carbon.
    3. Remember to have fun. I met many fabulous new friends as a beginner. Everyone is so supportive and super nice.

  16. Dan Bennett -

    My best tip for a new cyclist? Invest in a good quality helmet, it may just save your life. Naturally there is something to be said about comfort too. The kind of cycling you start off with will change because it IS addictive.

  17. David Burckhard -

    It’s OK to have a kickstand on your bike.
    But it’s better to lose it and not have to use it so much.

  18. timothy fitzpatrick -

    my best tip is: if you are clipped in for the first time, when riding in traffic, ALWAYS clip out with your RIGHT foot. this is for 2 reasons… first, if you train yourself, it becomes second nature and you can clip out quickly if you need to and not be confused. second, if you always clip out on your right, you will lean more to your right when approaching stops… that way, if you fall, you fall OUT of the way of traffic.

  19. Steve Gagliano -

    just ride, rather it is fast or slow just ride and be safe.

  20. Colleen Betzing -

    Get your bicycle fitted at a store – the difference in riding and comfort is worth the few additional dollars, and helps prevent injuries.

  21. Randy D. -

    Team up with someone who already rides. Asl plenty of questions. Don’t be afraid to test your limits.

  22. sally guon -

    Know the rules of the road and obey the law. That being said do not trust the the motorist will always know them, yield to you or even see you. No one wins when wraping up with a vehicle.

  23. Evan N -

    Get the most out of the bike you choose to buy. Make sure it ‘fits’ and take it for a short ride if you can. Put the saddle at the proper height so you can be more efficient with your pedaling stroke.

    Also have all the appropriate safety equipment and have fun!

  24. Kevin B -

    Know yourself. Applies to everything, but especially for a pastime that has a big initial expense. If you really understand why you are initially interested in cycling what you want to get out of it, then you will make a smarter purchase that fits your needs/desires. Then find a good dealer – and that means a personable one – and ask every question that pops into your head.

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