Hello everyone... My name is Ryan Reyes and am brand new to this site and the term Clydesdale in refrence to cycling. I have been moving my way through the treads in this section all day and decided to register and get in the action lol.
Well a couple years ago Back when I was in highschool I found an old Raleigh ten speed with a free sign duck taped to it. Considering my upbringing I rarely ever deny free things ha. So I threw it in the truck and the next day I took it for a ride. I got on this thing that seemed impossible to get up on top of and went down the street. Being into bmx a lot before I had my license The first thing I noticed was the speed. Now mind you I played football and powerlifted in a 242 weight class. It was awkward at first but thought it was neat how quick this thing was and even though you are high in the air, the bike was simple to ride and keep your speed. So needless to say, I was hooked. Even though i'm a bigger guy I have always had endurance and determination. I regularly took the bike out for rides that all of which began to be longer and longer until my average every other day ride was 65 miles. But this bike was uncomfortable, only had the one gear setup the lines were rusted at, and made noise like crazy. Since I was riding a lot I figured I would stop by the LBS that I passed everyday to check out the bikes and pick one up that would hopefully be more fun to ride... That shut down that idea. Lol once I saw how much the bikes ran for I kindof forgot about all the negatives that came with this free bike. I kept up with my rides while in the mean time trying to build a road bike (found out the hard way that would be even more expensive) so I ended upo just saving up my money and got myself a decent bike to ride and further my new found hobby. I kept that up for a year and a half minus the dead of winter and rainy days lol.
Because of life changes and stupid excuses I have held off riding for the past 8 months but just got back on the bike today and remembered how good it feels. I have gained some weight and hope this couples with some better eating habits will get me back to a more comfortable weight.
Now that I've just wasted all of your time with all that (Sry it's late and I'm bored) I just have a couple questions. While riding today I seemed to notice the tires squished more then before. I don't have a guage on my pump so I wasnt able to tell the psi. The bike ran fine and didn't feel it hit rim at all or anything but I guess im just asking if I should be worried about this. Also, sry if im being lazy by not searching, but i was curious if there were any other clydesdales in the st. louis/ Alton Area to do some rides with. I just moved to the midwest about two months ago from South Jersey and am just looking to have some fun riding with someone ( I can't seem to get my girlfriend hooked). And one other thing, what do most of you guys wear while out on rides? Just whatever is comfortable seems like the obvious answer but should I even try to put on a jersey and shorts to act like I know what Im doing while riding or is it not worth the time, money, and well lets face it, humiliation when it comes to big guys in tight shirts.. Lol... Thanks for reading this hope to get some responces and any other advice from you vets that I should know about.