Some of you may remember my thread on the topic of those goofy looking padded Lycra bike shorts. This thread is not about Lycra bike shorts.
For those of you who are riding to get into shape, or to keep the shape you've already got, what is your routine? Where and how do you ride, how long, how far? What does your rig consist of. Any particular accessories you couldn't live without?
I've had my beautiful blue Trek 7.3FX for almost two weeks now.
The only accessories I've added to the bike so far are a front and rear flasher/lamp, as well as bicycle computer. I'm planning on picking up some bar ends maybe tomorrow so I can change up my grip, putting less stress on my arms during hard climbing.
Most of my riding is on the paved bike paths and slow side streets. The hybrid bike with its skinny (though not road bike skinny) knobless tires and lightweight aluminum frame make it feel like a rocket ship in comparison to the heavy steel mountain bike I had when I was a teen.
My can't live without accessory? While I feel the computer is a necessity for fitness training, my one absolute must is music. Riding is a more pleasurable experience with music, and helps me keep a steady pace. Wind and traffic noise are a drag and add stress to the workout on long rides. With music playing it's just white noise. I'm very glad I got my finicky portable CD player working so I could use it while riding. There is nothing like riding along the lake with the moon shining down and having some really great tunes to go along with the scenery.
The routine that I've got somewhat tacked down is that I'd ideally like to ride 7-10 miles per day, and 5 miles at the minimum. I went on a hard 13.5mi ride two days ago and I paid for it, so I'm trying to keep the max at 10mi now since that seems to be a comfortable compromise.
Any other bikers want to chime in?