Well, I just got back home from my first ride of any real distance, a whopping FIVE miles round trip! In all seriousness though, it was still nice. I'm in the Cleveland, Ohio area and we've got the nice metropark system with plenty of MUPs and quiet streets to ride on.
I mentioned in the last thread I started that my current bike is a Schwinn Ranger from Target. It held up decently, but the derailleurs and shifters really need adjusting. I was in 21st (3x7) the entire ride since dropping to any lower gear just doesn't work. The chain slips when I'm in a lower gear, or it just plain doesn't shift at all. The brakes also need adjusting, but the section I rode on didn't have any significant grades so it wasn't as big of a worry as it normally would.
It also brought to the front just how much more out of shape than I thought I was. I didn't feel like I was about to keel over and die or anything, and probably could've kept going, but having to be in the highest gear the entire time didn't do much for my overall energy level. Combine that with my overall fitness level and it felt like a much longer ride than it really was.
Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to stick with the Targetbike for a while. I've been vetoed on picking up something more suitable by the boss. She's right though, financially it just doesn't work right now. We did make a pact however; when I get to my ideal weight, (about 200lbs) she said I could get the bike I want... little is she aware that I may just come home with some carbon fiber speed demon.
Is it worth taking my Targetbike over to the shop and see if they'd even give it a look over to try and sort out some of the issues with the shifting and brakes, or should I just buy a book and try to do it myself? It doesn't seem economically intelligent to bring the bike over to the shop and end up paying 1/3rd of its price just in having it looked over and tuned up....any thoughts?
Thanks for reading everyone!