I used a beach cruiser for my first triathlon (7 gears). I have purchased a hybrid (24 gears). I'm getting used to changing gears. The biking leg of my next triathlon is 18 miles. What's the best way to train for this besides just riding?
Congrats and welcome to the obsession. Before you know it, you will be riding a carbon fiber, aerodynamic dream.
The most important aspect to training is builing a solid base which will consist of aerobic work based on your heart rate for a couple of months. If you do not have a heart rate monitor yet, purchase one. Calculate your training zones, then keep it aerobic (Z1, Z2) for sometime. Invest in an indoor trainer such as cycleops and you need to progressively build up your endurance.
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Like Moriates said....welcome to the obsession (that was great)! Anyway, great advice and that is stay aerobic and build a good solid base. The more you ride, the more you will want to ride simply because you get better and stronger over time. As you make those progressions you will find that you will want to increase your knowledge about training. You can come back here, join a club, participate in group rides and from all of these avenues you will run across a wealth of information. Single out what's important to you specifically and work your goals progressively.
Keep it simple and most importantly...live to love your experience(s) on the bike.