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.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 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.
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 ?
Relate to any of this?
Tips and advice always welcome!! Fire away ♥