You've got the new bike - or upgraded your old one (See Bikes & Components, and Bike Maintenance) and are ready to start your new cycling regime. If one of your key aims is getting fitter, read on.
If you want to get fitter, it's really helpful to find a way to guage your improvements. First, look at what you really mean by getting fitter (See Training for Cycling). Then it's wise to assess your basic fitness before you embark on a new sport. After that, you can then plan your riding to achieve more specific fitness-related goals and monitor your progress as you go.