So I picked up some shoes and pedals last week, but did not get a chance to try them out until yesterday. Kinda strange but got used to them pretty quickly. The inevitable fall over because I didn't clip out also happened. I was at the end of my route where I do laps around a path at a park and saw somebody I knew but didn't really want to stop. He was engaged talking to someone else and I thought I 'd be able to sneak by but then he turned as I was right there. At that point I realized I had to stop to say hello and clipped out my right foot and slowed to a stop. His big galloot dog then jumped in front on the right and I teetered and then fell over on my left side, kinda like Arte Johnson on the tricycle on the old Rowan and Martins Laugh In if you are old enough to remember that. No damage except to my pride
I have expanded my after work route to 26 miles and feel pretty good when done. My lower back tends to get sore at the end of the ride, but is fine when I stop. I will ride sitting up with no hands on the bars during the ride to stretch it out a bit. Yesterday I rode 16 miles in the a.m. before it started pouring and I had to cut the ride short. I then went out and rode my normal 26 mile route in the afternoon for a total of 42 miles. Not bad.
My bike was creaking after the a.m. ride so I put some chain lube on and it was smoother on the 2nd ride. I was looking on youtube for some DIY things to tune up the bike. Any simple suggestions for someone that is not very mechanically inclined?
I was also wondering in the difference in effort expended going from an old hybrid to a road bike. I think it is a bit easier, but not sure how much.
For the metric century ride next month I was going to try to rent a road bike to get used to riding one. Not many rental options around here, so I've been pondering buying a used road bike off CL It all depends on how much money I can divert into an offshore account without my wife knowing
Something like this maybe: http://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/5476934574.html
MSRP was $2300 new and reviews seem to be very good. Not sure how much I could get it for, but I figure this would be better than buying a new entry level and then wanting to upgrade in a couple of years. I am already getting the gear bug.
Unless you can get him down to $200 don't buy that. Keep looking, or come test ride some new bikes. For a little over $700 you could be on a brand new modern bike, in the proper size with lifetime free adjustments. While I might be just a little biased, really, don't spend $500 on that.