Well, my wife's co-worker told her that I could have her late husband's Nishiki Bravo (found out later she wasn't giving it away, she wanted to know what I would pay for it). I've been looking for a good road bike but I figured I would give this one a shot just for around the neighborhood until I could afford a nice bike.
My son and I took a ride to the McDonalds down the street and towards the end my son commented that I was going too slow. My legs were burning! Earlier I wanted to ride a bike to work and back, but I'm thinking if I can't handle the 1.1 miles to McDonalds I sure couldn't make the 11.7 miles to my work. On the way back I did okay until we got to a hill. Going down was easy, but going up I had it set at 1st gear and I could barely keep the bike level at the speed I was going. My son gave up and just pedalled to the top of the hill.
Am I trying too much with the wrong bike? I know road bikes provide the least resistance but surely it can't be THAT big of a difference. Or do I need to just keep riding until the burning goes away?
Eight months ago I weighed in a 265. I now weigh about 225 and I'm working on getting down below 200 before the end of the summer. I did this by watching what I eat and by doing quite a bit of walking. Why can I walk a fast paced 3 miles easily but riding less than a mile is killing me?