Hello everyone, I am a newbie to the forums and to biking. I already have learned quite a bit just from browsing. I have a few things I was hoping to get some help with. As some background Im 23 years old, 6'1 and 285lbs. I have gotten a physical and have been given the green light to bike. So I got a old bike given to me as I cant afford my own right now. Its a pretty decent bike, its a Schwinn Frontier but it has road wheels on it.
I went out for my first trial ride and was able to do 2 miles ok, however my quads seemed to be turning to jello. My first question is, does anyone have a schedule kind of thing to build up my mileage? Something like to slowly build up my mileage each day gradually?.
Next was a problem that Im afraid is going to hold me back. I was in terrible pain after riding. My butt was SO hurt. Actually more in the perineal area. I have a gel seat cover over my seat and that still didnt help.
Ive done some searching and noticed that Brooks seats are quite recommended. What makes them so different? Also at my bike shop I noticed 2 kinds of cheaper seats. The first was a pretty large Very thick padded seat. Would a wider seat help alot? Even if wanting to ride faster?
The second was a seat that was more of a pad just for your butt, and didnt have the horn. it said that it was doctor recommended and a best seller. How would this kind of seat work? I hope these arent to odd of questions but the seat was killing me and after only a half a mile! I hurt so bad.
Hopefully someone can help me out. Im just trying to get started so I can lose some serious weight!