I just did three 16-mile rides this week on vacation at the beach. I found the flat terrain
to be a real boost for doing some beginning riding. I got a serious rash from some
low-end bike shorts my second day. Had to make a run for Budreau's (sp?) Butt Paste
- which did the trick (I'll order some Assos when I get home).
Nice to come home from a ride and watch the Tour De France on TV!
I found out quickly that my pace went from 60-65 on my first day to 70-75 on my second day.
By my third ride, I tried to push it to an average of 75, but had headwinds coming home.
I'm a real believer in the advice here, to BUY GOOD SHORTS!
Had numbness in my feet a bit on the first day and loosened my straps a bit which cured the condition!
(another advice tidbit from these forums)
I'm 45 yrs old, 6'3" and weight 275, my bike is holding up well!
Its a Allez Elite E5 Columbus (2006?)
It came with Mavic Open (?) rims and Ultegra components
Got it used last winter on Ebay for ~600.
Anyway great forum and I really enjoy the reads and advice.