I really want to get into triathlons and I am signed up for three. I have done two sprints. I am terrified of my bike and need experience on it. I am dying for a cycling buddy in Arlington to just help me get some miles on the bike and to make me feel more comfortable.
Anybody live in Arlington? I will go wherever you want to go! I want to gain confidence on this thing!
You might tri out the Pensive Pedalers group, just to build confidence:
Also, perhaps sign up for the August training tri, which will be posted on this site, that features race-like loops around Hains Pt.
Further, at the Tuesday hill rides from Conte's Ballston, you might check out the C or B group rides:
And, tho somewhat advanced, there is a biking skills clinic at Hains this Wed where you might meet other local riders:
Another idea is to ride down at Haines Point. Its very flat and there are lots of cyclists out so its easy to find someone to match your speed.
I too am scared of my road bike. I just started and don't yet have the confidence to go on group rides with all the studly, seasoned triathletes/cyclists. Now, I know that riding with experienced riders is the only way to really improve. But for right now I think I need to learn how to not fall over while clipped to my bike.
It'd be great to have company of a fellow newbie as I learn to not be such a spazz on the bike. I live on the Hill, right near 395 (so Arlington's not too far at all!)
I too am a beginner cyclist in need of riding companions. I also live on the Hill, close to 395, and can meet up wherever. The Custis trail in Rosslyn, which continues deep into VA is always a good ride.