I was interested in getting a road bike to do some club riding/road races on, and one of the worst things about this little hobby/obsession is the paralysis by analysis that sets in and sets in hard when trying to make a decision about which bike to buy.
So many things whiz through your mind: "Aluminum vs. steel?" "Will these wheels hold me up, or am I gonna have to spend more on an upgrade out of the box?" "What about bike weight?" Plus there's really a lot of good LBSs in my area, all worthy of my business.
So I finally settled on a 2010 Specialized Allez Elite Compact. I wanted the 105 components, and it seems light enough, and hopefully the 34-spoke wheels will hold me up (6-2 1/2, 240 pounds).
So now I also gotta buy all the crap that comes with road biking, like the shoes for the clipless pedals and a computer and even an emergency bag (I've got a pannier for my commuter).
One ignorant newbie question: I'm also getting ready to buy some of the damn bike shorts. I can't get a straight answer on this anywhere on the Internet - if, for example, I wear size 44 pants, do I just find whatever shorts that say they're 44s (usually XXLs?) Or is there a special way to measure for bicycle shorts?
And how do you Clydes who are losing deal with going down a pant size? Buy more shorts? I hope to drop from an XXL to an XL relatively soon, so I'd hate to buy tons of XXL shorts and turn around and have to buy new ones.
Can you try on bicycle shorts, considering you're supposed to wear them sans underwear? And do any of you wear them a couple of times before washing, or is that just nasty?
I've gotta go to a laundromat to do clothes, and I'm not looking forward to the idea of having about 6-7 pairs of shorts to keep me from having to go to the laundromat every other day. Anybody ever just wash them by hand in a sink and hang 'em up somewhere to dry? I could always string up a clothesline in my apartment.