Did anyone else here try to do road biking and find it as oddly crappy as I do? As documented in another thread, I spent a ba-jillion dollars (for me) on a road bike and the shorts and the computer and the water bottle cage and the this, that and the other, and there's just so much I can't get over:
1. I hate those damn cleats. I know it's supposed to get easier the more I do it, but I just hate 'em.
2. My taint is about to explode. Nothing like constant pain to spoil one's exercise goals.
3. I can't get over the fear of riding on some of the roads I've been riding on. I know I'm gonna get squished like a bug at any moment, and if I were on a heartier bike like my commuter, I could bail into someone's yard if I got squeezed too badly. And I wouldn't have to pray I could clip out of the pedals in time to bail out.
4. I can't get enough time in on the bike to feel like I'm getting a gym-replacing workout. I think it's because my taint is about to explode and my saddle is a 2x4 covered in some vague white plastic.
5. Being bent over the handlebars makes my lower back hurt like heck.
There's just nothing to really like about the experience. Did anyone else have this same reaction, and if so, how did you handle it?
I'd say I have two options at this point:
1. Throw even more money into this black hole moneypit and can the clip-in pedals and put on some regular, I can wear tennis shoes pedals. Also, get a saddle that isn't a 2x4 in the barest of disguises.
2. Sell the bike for a considerable loss.
I know I need to give it more time, but damn, I'm aggravated at the whole thing. I got a bike in the first place to save my aging car, not put more miles on it driving to out-of-the-way places so I don't get run over riding the bike. I dunno what I was thinking, but I wasn't thinking clearly.