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After taking about seven weeks to get my second hand, steel frame road bike in a rideable condition, I can't help but feel very awkward while riding.
What was everyone's thoughts the first time they jumped on a road bike?
When I hop on a bike which I know is or is close to the right size for me... and it feels awkward... then there is something with the fork, headset or stem which needs to change.
One of the last things still needed with my bike build are some good pedals. Atm there crappy little plastic ones
I should also mention that I have down tube shifters which are also very awkward.
Practice seems to be the way to go.
By the time my road bike came along
I was really very ready for it so it was no worries.
I did carry my pedals and shoes across which may have helped.
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill.
Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day.
Like everything else new it takes some people longer than others. It could also be bike setup.
Since getting back on the bike I've had a couple of periods 1 - 2 months where I've been off the bike (surgery and O/S holiday) and the first couple of rides back have been "weird". Then normal service resumes and the pain starts a little earlier than normal!
Re the pedals, I started with the toe "clips" (i.e. straps) and rode my, no longer, shiny road bike around for a few motnhs before going over to clipless. I'm not sure if this reduced the number of clip stacks or not but, for me, it was a case of slowly, slowly given my lack of co-ordination and extreme lack of fitness.
Oh yeah I forgot, clipping in is a mission. Clipping out is even worse lol. And oh, wait until you get to the lights and need to clip out on a uphill!!
Analogous to manual car hill start hehe!
Last edited by maDKient on Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
+1, took me ages to get used to them, even though I had something on my MTB, thankfully I never fell off probably due to the unclipping so far in advance of needing too
Everything about road bikes is completely horrible, and utterly wonderful at the same time.
They are hard, and twitchy and stiff and quick and responsive and uncomfortable and fast.
You have officially become your parents.
This was my experience when I moved from a hybrid to a road bike, (especially the twitchiness). Now, when I ride my hybrid, it feels like I'm riding around on a mobile lounge chair.
It is common (universal?) to drift in the direction of your head when checking over your shoulder for following traffic. And dangerous. Like all things practice makes perfect. And if you have dropped bars then try checking the blind spot with your head down and facing the road beneath you. It will reduce the drift problem and it requires less time of eyes taken off the road ahead.
Unchain yourself-Ride a unicycle
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