Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bicycle ♪ Bicycle ♪ Bicycle ♬

I am not sure I even qualify as a novice cyclist. I am total nerd. 


My bike is about as basic as you can get, except for my upgraded gel seat (。◕‿◕。)

These are my favorite biking shoes. Yep, My Newton running shoes. Nerd...
We do have a bike rack, I was convinced my bike would fly off in to traffic when I first started hauling my bike to the park, but the bungee cords helps the confidence. 

These are my "bike shorts", they don't have padding. Who labels something bike shorts with no padding?! 
¯\_()_/¯  I am so dumb, I bought 'em.
Everything else I have on is running clothing. 
I finally got a pair of shorts with padding after I had my bike several weeks. They are pretty darn short, too short for biking really, but I didn't realize that when I purchased them, because of that novice problem. I body glide now, but the first few times I did a longer ride my legs chafed from rubbing against the seat as I pedaled.
Compression socks, tank, shoes, all running gear. lol 

When I take my bike to the park I feel like all the real cyclists are laughing at me. A few nice riders I chatted with once in the parking lot, let me sit on a big mountain bike with fancy springs, a super padded seat. and a big price tag. 
It felt like a Cadillac with all the bells and whistles, crazy comfortable compared to my ride. 

I often pass trail riders when I am walking or running at the park, and I am always envious. My bike is labeled a hybrid, but really it needs a pretty smooth surface or you might die trying to pedal it. 

The trail (pictured below) is High Bridge, it is limestone, and that is as rough as my bike can handle. 

At the time I purchased my bike, I just wanted to be able to hang out and enjoy rides with my hubby and we both needed bikes, so I didn't want to bust the bank, and this bike has served me pretty well.

I have finally figured out how to use the 7 speeds on the right, but to be honest, I have not figured out the three speed shifter on the left, so it always stays in two. Nerd. 

The thought of 18 gears, and more speed options, being clipped in, and riding in pace-line drafting together, even leaning in, just seem a bit overwhelming to me. I may never clip these feet...
Shoot, I may never get past being this novice. 

I recently was invited to attend a group ride and I was excited at first, but backed out. 
Sometimes they meet at trails and I don't have a bike for that, but I won't ride on highly traveled streets either. If they ever go to a paved trail I want to go, but there is no way I can keep up with someone on a $1500 Cannondale. I have made good use of my little $200 Diamondback, but it is like having a spork when everyone else shows up with real silver wear. 

The permanency of the situation with my feet, means I will need to depend on my bike a lot more. I feel the need to upgrade is coming. 
The park close to me has miles of technical trails I can't use right now. I stick to the paved camping roads or just bike around my neighborhood, staying clear of busy roads. A trail bike would open up miles of technical trails, close to home. 

So the need/want list grows...
I hope I can upgrade in the next year. 
I'll still be a nerd though

What kind of cyclist are you ? 
Novice? 
Experienced? 
Relate to any of this? 
Clipped in? 
Tips and advice always welcome!! Fire away 

36 comments:

  1. Novice novice - I bungeed my bike to my rack too. No padded shorts and yes my butt was sore. I barely use the gears. I suck at biking so I am glad I can run.

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    1. LOL, you are funny :) I didn't use my gears for a long time, just recently on the hills in the park I finally got it! My butt is sore with the padded shorts lol

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  2. I've had my road bike (nothing fancy, believe me) over 10 years, yet I still consider myself very much a novice. Not clipped in. I may never. The big peloton I see on Sundays made up of sneering guys with the fancy kits and words like "NADS" (making this up) across their chests can all bite me. Pedal on, my friend!

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    1. Clipping in seems a bit terrifying to me lol Hey, you are Tri gal you can only be but so novice :)
      Nerd or not, I will keep pedaling ;)

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  3. When I bought my bike, I bought padded shorts, a bike shirt with a pocket and a gel seat. Worked on the trails, but now I usually ride on a park road and just hop on my back with my running clothes on - faster that way. Have fun riding!

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    1. A gel seat makes a big difference :) That is a must have LOL
      It is easy to just use what I have.

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  4. Please don't let the "gear" determine if you are a novice or not. My dad bikes over 100 miles per week and he wears jeans and jean shorts....and his bike is over 15 years old and it has duct tape on it! LOL. P.S. I wear old running shoes to bike in as well. I have toe clips but the ones that you can easily slip your foot in and out of. The others are just a disaster waiting to happen!

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    1. Go Dad!! I love to hear that. 100 miles a week is commitment :) I forgot to tell my fear of clips stories in my post. Last week I was jumped by a giant poodle, he scared me to death, I am not sure how one handles that without throwing down their feet. When I stopped pedaling it seemed to calm the dog.
      At the park a few weeks ago, a squirrel cut out in front of me, but I couldn't swerve because a car was coming. I remember thinking that day what do you if your feet are clipped?
      Anyway, you are right as I long as I am rolling around I shouldn't worry :)

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    2. Yeah, I would not be good in clipless and I would have most certainly ended up on the pavement with those situations. Keep up the great work!

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  5. Ha. You aren't a nerd. You're just a biking n00b. It will take awhile to learn what works for you - especially with too short shorts! LOL! I'd love to say the cyclists AREN'T laughing at you, but I have found cyclists to be pretty judgey! Like - definitely don't have a visor on your helmet or reflectors on your wheels.

    Don't shy away from group rides. Just make sure it's no drop and they'll have to stick with you. Keep going!

    I am a novice rider too. :) But I am clipped in, and I wear cycling jerseys (for the pockets) and have shorts with a longer inseam ;) And wear cycling gloves :)

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    1. LOL, I am in trouble, I have silly reflectors and I always have a visor.
      I like my new title, n00b lol
      Oh, the thought of slowing everyone down really gives me anxiety lol
      You got all the gear ;) I seriously fear being clipped in. I sometimes wear my gym gloves, I really am a nerd lol

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  6. I wish I had a gel seat for my spin classes I teach at the gym since I do it so much....haha. I am not a big outdoor biker. I only have a beach cruiser I had when I lived in Virginia Beach. But it was mostly my form of transportation. It was just easier than driving down at the ocean front.

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    1. Those bikes are tough on tush lol
      Living in a beach area, a bike is a great form of transportation. We took our bikes with us to the beach and rode in the park and down the trail, it was great :) You reminded me, hubby and I need to plan that again soon.

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  7. beginner cyclist here. I won't wear a cycling jersey, because I feel like you need to know what you are doing to wear one. On another note, when I put on my padded shorts, I always jokingly ask Dave, "Do these shorts make my butt look big??!" I need the padding, but I really "don't". Ha!
    I, too, get lost in the gears. I follow Dave and shift when he does.
    I have a nice bike, because Dave REALLY wants me to like it, so I feel like I am driving a sports car (really lurching and stalling) while the real cyclist are rolling their eyes...
    I can't yet take a drink and ride, I am afraid I will fall. Clips, gotta love 'em!

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    1. That's a good point about the jersey, maybe I'll hold off on the gear shopping till I collect some more knowledge lol it's going to be awhile!
      That's good you have the hubby to help you along.
      The padded shirts felt so funny at first. Do they make my butt look fat LOL i hope your training for Boston is going well!

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  8. I think you should treat yourself to an upgraded bike! Hey, why not get a couple biking outfits (outfits haha) too? You deserve it. :)

    My dad is a cyclist and he has like 7 bikes. EXPENSIVE bikes. But the funny thing is, after cycling for years, now he is a runner! He went backwards! Most runners turn into cyclists as they reach their mid to late 50s. My dad switched to running. And he's GOOD.

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    1. Outfits lol if I get a new bike I will get an outfit to match!
      Your Dad is an awesome runner! All that biking gave him some strong legs - he does the badass mountain biking stuff if I remember correctly.

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  9. It's the things you learn when you dive in.
    I dont even know how to shift gears on a bike so I'm clueless on this area.

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    1. I am still clueless lol it took me forever to work 7 speeds, I can not imagine more!

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  10. Oh my goodness, I am the most beginner of beginner cyclists! Biking feels like a whole new foreign world to me! I think I only learned what "clipping in" meant like three months ago, and I've never even seen a pair of padded bike shorts, let alone worn them! But huge kudos to you for getting out there and having the courage to be starting with the biking. That is truly the hardest part!

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    1. It is like a whole new world - hear Princess Jasmine singing lol - all kinds of me lingo to work on ;)
      Thanks Emily!

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  11. I love your bike, it's nice looking! I wouldn't call yourself a novice, you don't need to have all the bells and whistles to know what your doing:)
    I took a mountain bike class years ago and I used to be so good at slickrock trails, I had literally no fear and could ride down ledges and do some pretty extreme things. But that was so many years ago, I think if I saw hundred foot drop offs on either side of me now, I don't think I have the confidence or practice to do what I used to, LOL I keep telling myself I really need to break out my bike more and use it. I need to do that this year, instead of just thinking about it.
    Have fun on all your trail riding, I think it's awesome your taking on biking!!!

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    1. Oh my, the thought of biking next to high cliffs scares me!! I am unstable on low ground lol
      If you did it before you can do it again! You don't ride down huge drops, just get out there and ease in lol biking in Utah would be great, I hope you pull your bike out soon :)
      Thanks, I'll keep trying to learn.

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    2. You don't have to go down huge drops lol

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  12. I had major marathon blues after my first marathon in December 2014. That's when I purchased a used Trek from one of my husband's coworkers. I really wanted to get into duathlons, but now I've only ridden it a handful of times. I wish I had waited and purchased a less technical bike. It overwhelms me. I took the cages off because having my feet locked in scared me to death. I don't see how people clip in with their shoes. When I do ride, I ride in the same gear the whole time because I haven't learned when or how to properly shift. I enjoyed reading this because I can totally relate. I would say I'm the level below Novice...lol.

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    1. I understand the post race blues, I've had that a few times.
      You have a really nice bike to grow into! But yes, it would be very challenging trying to learn on something that complex. It is amazing how complicated all the cycling stuff can be lol
      We are on the same level of novice, so you aren't alone :)

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  13. I understand the post race blues, I've had that a few times.
    You have a really nice bike to grow into! But yes, it would be very challenging trying to learn on something that complex. It is amazing how complicated all the cycling stuff can be lol
    We are on the same level of novice, so you aren't alone :)

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  14. Fair and Freckled, Good On You!! Everyday on a bike is better than any day on the couch. My advice for you is this, free your mind and your bike will follow. I am excited to read future postings as the days continue to grow longer. Stay Strong & Ride On!!

    Cheers

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  15. When I read your post, I drew a parallel with my novice days of running ! Just give it time. And you'll see if in a year's time you are ready to shell out a hefty amount of money for a nicer bike or more performant biking clothes. I would make sure I loved it before making the investment.

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    1. That is so true, I was like this with running too lol
      I am not sure if I will ever fall in love with biking the way I did running, but as the days pass I think it is going to be a true necessity.

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  16. Your bike is cute tho! :) I used to be really into biking when I was younger, but then - when I was around 14-15 years old - I face planted down a hill, broke a cuple teeth and got a piece of gravel in my chin (I have the scar to prove it) and ever since then I've been a bit scared. But at the same time I miss it a little. I know too much about the whole cycling sport thing because of my mom who has been obsessed with my whole life haha :)

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  17. Oh and by the way - HAPPY EASTER, KAREN! ♥

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    1. Happy Easter :) I hope you are feeling better now! and eating solid food.
      Face planting stinks...it is hard to get over crashing, but at least you have your Mom when you are ready to roll.
      I took my little old bike for a 20 mile spin today, it does get the job done :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I was getting my post done for the week lol I am getting by :) I am just trying to really go low mileage starts for this week :)

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