2012 Miles

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Feeling like a Rookie

Considering buying a road bike?!? Which is a completely foreign to me. I have a cheap-o mountain bike (YEAH it's a Mongoose!) and I thought about doing the new tire thing but that is complicated too. Thoughts? Suggestion? Not a serious biker but want to get some more speed and be able to go on bigger rides with the big dogs : )

Tri Daddy Disel had a good reference to the quote "showing up at a gun show with a knife", well that is the story of my life right now. I can't swim in the deep end without having a panic attack and I run out of breath in 8 strokes and I am biking on something most 12 year olds would use : ) I am up for any words of advice!

Can non-swimmers learn to swim?? Do road tires REALLY make a difference?? How in the heck do you pick out a bike???

P.S. I am also looking for a running belt. Anyone have the SPI belt or something they like? I don't want the big huge Nathan one with the water holder. I just need something to hold a phone, ID, keyless entry and 2 GUs.

SHEW- Just when I thought I could take off my rookie hat I am lost again : (


  1. marci has the spibelt. come and ride my bike on saturday after the 5k. you will want a road bike for sure after you ride it. it's super fast! and i'm not giving up on your swimming yet. :)

  2. on friday after scott gets home from golfing.

  3. I think you should just invest in a low end road bike, it will pay for itself if you ride it a few times a week. You will not believe the difference in riding. You need to go to a real bike shop, NOT DICKS and have them help you pick one out. You can usually get good deals around holidays, but you will have to pay close to 1K for a good bike that will last you awhile. You could also scour craigslist and ebay, but the issue will be the fit. You are better off getting one from a store with trained professionals so you are 100% sure you are fit properly. If you ride in a bad alignment you will be so sore and hate riding. You are going to have a lot to get used to in a road bike - tiny seat, aggressive riding position, etc. But you will love it. Feel free to give me a call if you want to talk it out. 4402213684.