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    aka Josh gjosuem's Avatar
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjosuem View Post
    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?

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    I don't like road pedals and shoes. I like to get out of the intersection asap, and not worry about clipping in.

    To do this, I use double-sided SPD pedals, and mountain bike shoes with tacky rubber on the arch of the soles. I keep one foot clipped-in at intersections, and stomp-pedal with the left pedal in the arch of my foot until I'm the hell out of the intersection.

    Keo-style and speedplay road pedals do have a bigger foot platform, and feel better on longer rides, though. I just wish that the bottoms of those shoes were not so slick.
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    Welcome to the sport of cycling! Good shorts will prove valuable. There are many to choose from and most people I ride with have their own preferences. I favor Pearl Izumi Attack shorts. They run $70+ but I often get three or four seasons out of a pair before they have to be trashed if I rotate them. I usually rotate between three pairs.

    Jerseys are nice for the pockets but the best reason is for sweat wicking. You can get the same effect with any polypropylene shirt from the Dick's. Cotton Tee shirts will soak up the sweat and be uncomfortable. As far as the body image questions, I gave up caring long ago. Don't get me wrong. I want to look good and will as I loose weight but I'm not waiting until then to wear comfortable cycling clothes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blamp28 View Post
    Welcome to the sport of cycling! Good shorts will prove valuable. There are many to choose from and most people I ride with have their own preferences. I favor Pearl Izumi Attack shorts. They run $70+ but I often get three or four seasons out of a pair before they have to be trashed if I rotate them. I usually rotate between three pairs.

    Jerseys are nice for the pockets but the best reason is for sweat wicking. You can get the same effect with any polypropylene shirt from the Dick's. Cotton Tee shirts will soak up the sweat and be uncomfortable. As far as the body image questions, I gave up caring long ago. Don't get me wrong. I want to look good and will as I loose weight but I'm not waiting until then to wear comfortable cycling clothes.
    I actually bought a pair of the Pearl Izumi Attack shorts from Bike Nashbar - I haven't had a chance to ride in them yet, my bike's been in the shop, but when I tried them on they really felt natural and much better than my other $59 pair of shorts, from Bontrager. I think I'm gonna try to alternate using those two and see how that works out.

    Wonder if Dick's has a polypropylene shirt in dayglo yellow? I think that's more of a springtime question.

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    Just recieved comfirmation of bib order from Voler. It came with a source code discount of 10%. Said to share it with my friends. Code is SHIP10
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    Quote Originally Posted by john423 View Post

    Wonder if Dick's has a polypropylene shirt in dayglo yellow? I think that's more of a springtime question.
    If you are looking to save money, you could look here:
    http://www.safetydepot.com/TS115-Lim...es-p/ts115.htm
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