Rain, rain go away
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: East TN
Bikes: 2009 Schwinn Sierra GS; 2010 Specialized Allez Elite Compact; 2009 Jamis Coda Comp
Originally Posted by gjosuem
One tip, on my commuter I use MTB clips and shoes, on my road bike I use look pedals and road shoes. I find it to be safer/easier to commute on MTB pedals in traffic.
The soreness goes away with time, my recommendation is to gradually add miles, but a good seat is paramount. I took a week of recently (product of weekend trip and a cold) and my first ride was 75 miler. Boy was I hurting at the halfway point! Just one week out of the saddle and my "sit bones" had gotten soft.
I had the "strap" clips on my first commuting bike (RIP) and they were a great idea when I could make them work, but that was so infrequently. I can't fathom riding with clips on a commuter now - too many stops and starts, too much doing whatever to avoid trouble. That's been one of the most harrowing things on the road bike so far - I was on a BUSY road yesterday, and there's nothing to do but just keep going. It's not like I could even get off the bike and walk it very far in those silly shoes. I went on a couple of roads I couldn't fathom going on when I was thinking of routes earlier, and I'm still alive. I had trouble getting out of the clips and coming to a stop once as a car was coming and the guy honked at me like I was gonna hit him, when I had 200 options at that point, none of which involved hitting him. I could've made myself fall to his opposite side - would've hurt, but at least I wouldn't have been hit by a car.
Next weekend's supposed to be cold, but I thought of making an offer to a local road club member to go for a ride Sunday with the promise of beer and pizza afterward if he/she rides my pace and just gives me some instruction on how to be a better rider.
I'm sure I'll get used to the seat, with time, but my butt's sore and seems like it's chafing. I should get some chamois cream when I go buy 200 more things at an LBS sometime this week. Who needs money when you've got a road bike?