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Old 05-19-12, 08:37 AM   #1
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I BOUGHT MY BIKE! Also, I am addicted.

I probably didn't need a new thread for this but I am SO EXCITED so please forgive me.

I took all of the advice you all gave me in the earlier thread, "I'm finally buying my bike! HELP!" to my LBS and told the man there that I was overwhelmed and a little confused but I thought I wanted to start with a Giant Defy 5 in an XS. This was after I basically babbled about things for 5-10 minutes. He waited for me to shush and said, "Okay, first, take a breath." I was sort of hurt by that (no idea why) but by the end of everything, I loved the guy. He said he didn't know if an XS would fit, but he didn't have the S in stock so we'd try it. If it DIDN'T work, we'd try the women's version.

It worked. I HATED getting on it on the trainer because it felt so tall, but by the time he'd fixed everything up and explained the shifters, I asked if I could take it outside. He said sure, and I took it out on the sidewalk. I thought I was going to die. It was SO TALL still and I couldn't get my feet in the toe clips. He told me to just use them as platforms if I wanted, so I did, and I was off.

10 minutes later, I told him I was taking it home with me. He seemed really surprised. "I thought you were just shopping today!" "Well, I wasn't going to come in and pick out a bike and then just tease myself with not getting it!"

So I bought it, some water bottle holders, a floor pump (I only had a hand pump), extra tubes, levers for changing a flat, a flashing light for the back, and a really expensive pair of Cannondale socks. I was a happy camper.

Keep in mind, I am used to a VERY solid mountain bike. So this morning, I went to ride to the park - thinking I'd bus to the edge of the park and ride from there. I missed my bus, though, and it's only a few miles, so I told myself to just GO. I rode the sidewalk (I know, I know) to the edge of the park, and then realized the sidewalk from there is really in horrible shape. So, for the first time EVER, I road on the road - got to the park, played around with the shifters, did a speed test with MapMyRide (3mph increase without even using the shifters), and road the street almost the whole way home (like 3 miles).

So - while I didn't ride 234323 miles today, I am in love with this bike and the only reason I'm home is because my girlie bits hurt (not to be crude) and I was almost out of water. I may go back out tonight.

When I was at the bike store, on the trainer, the LBS guy said something like, "So you ride a bike, but you're not a cyclist yet." I thought about it, and agreed with him. Knowing how a car works (steering wheel, pedals) doesn't make you a driver. Knowing how a bike works - and even being able to make it move forward - doesn't make you a cyclist.

I felt like one today, though. Thank you all SO MUCH. I'm pretty sure my life just changed and I couldn't be more grateful.

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Old 05-19-12, 08:57 AM   #2
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LOL. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Keep playing around with it, you're going to have a great time.

As far as the "girlie bits" are concerned, make sure you are sitting on the wide part of the saddle and that your sitbones are bearing your weight. If you are sliding forward onto the nose of the saddle, that will cause problems. In that case, try moving the saddle forward slightly. And keep its position under review. As you get more used to the road bike geometry, and as you get lighter, you'll probably find it easier to get comfortable in a stretched out position and that can alter how you sit on the saddle.

And when you are in the park, try a few drills to build your confidence and help you feel more stable. One good trick is picking a tree or a fence or whatever that is maybe twenty yards away, and seeing how slowly you can ride towards it while remaining upright. The longer it takes you, the better. You'll quickly find you can stay on the bike at almost zero speed, and that it's easy to balance when standing in the pedals. That's great for improving your balance and bike-handling skills.

Enjoy. And report back.

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Does your bike have a men's saddle on it or did the sales guy switch it out for you? Women's saddles are different and tend to be wider.
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Does your bike have a men's saddle on it or did the sales guy switch it out for you? Women's saddles are different and tend to be wider.
+1000........When we got Gina's bike I never even let her ride it with the stock saddle knowing the difference by experience. We picked one up before the first ride.

She rides a Specialized Lady Dolce gel, not bad for $60. She's done 84 miles with no discomfort.

Nice bike, more pictures!
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I'll look into new saddle. I didn't get any numbness like I was getting on the mountain bike, and I'm built like a guy. I'm very apple shaped, not pear shaped (which was why I told the guy I wanted to try the Defy before the women's version). I'll give this a go again and see how I'm sitting on it and report back. As I'm sitting here now on my hard computer chair, the biggest issue is the bottom of my butt.

Also, do they make moisture-wicking undies? Because if they don't, they really should.
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Also, do they make moisture-wicking undies? Because if they don't, they really should.
That, together with padding, is the main function of the chamois in bike shorts/bibs. Don't wear undies under them, though, it is completely counter-productive.
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Yay for YOU, teresamichele !!!! Keep it up !!!

Most streets in The LOU are not so scary to ride on.
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Good for you, just go have fun, and learn as you go.

Getting the right clothes will make a world of difference, but so will time in the saddle. I could not believe how bad my but hurt after spending 45 minutes on the trainer while getting fitted...but now 45 minutes is not even a blip. Same saddle.

A guy told me, don't scrimp on bike shorts, get the good pads. I followed his advice, and so far, it seems to work. Just for comparison, I bought a cheaper pair from Nashbar and it's a noticeable difference.
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Well, I'm currently wearing triathlon shorts, so there's some padding but not like bike shorts. Since I bought the bike with the intention of triathlons, I'm trying to just stick with them. This was only the first day - and I went through something similar with the mountain bike (which has one of those ginormus gel saddles that feels like a cushion).

Since I'm not getting numbness or tingling anywhere, just pressure pain, I'm going to give it another ride or two before I think seriously about switching it out. I'd love to get a Brooks eventually but that'll have to wait a bit.

That said, I am SO going clipless. Toe clips are bad because I have to *look at them* and that's hard to do when riding.

Oh, and - do MOST road bikes not have kick stands or is mine just special?
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That said, I am SO going clipless. Toe clips are bad because I have to *look at them* and that's hard to do when riding.

Oh, and - do MOST road bikes not have kick stands or is mine just special?

I wouldn't discourage anyone from going clipless, but you'll find that with a bit of practice you won't have to look down to catch the pedal properly with toe clips.

And road bikes don't have kickstands, no. You can have one put on, but personally I wouldn't recommend it.
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Nice lookin' machine! Enjoy it!
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That said, I am SO going clipless. Toe clips are bad because I have to *look at them* and that's hard to do when riding.
It's been a long time since I used toe clips & straps, but I think that after a while I was able to do just like I do with my SPD's, kick them over and get my foot in by feel.

I find my single sided road pedals are easier to clip into. They are always weighted and hanging the same way, so I know how to kick them over. The dual platform/SPD pedals I have on some of my other bikes can be trickier because either side might be facing up.
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I'm built like a guy.
I assure you, regardless of the way the rest of your body is shaped, the part the saddle is touching is not built like a guy.

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Also, do they make moisture-wicking undies? Because if they don't, they really should.
Bike shorts. Get good ones. I'd use bike shorts for normal training and tri shorts if you're going swimming first.

Get a bike jersey too - the pockets are there for a reason.
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Nice ride and pretty bike! Good for you!
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I assure you, regardless of the way the rest of your body is shaped, the part the saddle is touching is not built like a guy.



Bike shorts. Get good ones. I'd use bike shorts for normal training and tri shorts if you're going swimming first.

Get a bike jersey too - the pockets are there for a reason.
Bibs yes
Shorts no

I had to follow a guy today that had shorts on and his jersey had ridden up. I closed the gap as quick as I could and put him behind me.
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Bibs yes
Shorts no

I had to follow a guy today that had shorts on and his jersey had ridden up. I closed the gap as quick as I could and put him behind me.
Bibs are great but for women, they aren't as easy with regard to using restroom when needed.
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Bibs yes
Shorts no

I had to follow a guy today that had shorts on and his jersey had ridden up. I closed the gap as quick as I could and put him behind me.
Ymmv. I don't like bibs and my shorts are pretty tall and my jerseys long. No plumber butt for me
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Ymmv. I don't like bibs and my shorts are pretty tall and my jerseys long. No plumber butt for me

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Ymmv. I don't like bibs and my shorts are pretty tall and my jerseys long. No plumber butt for me
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Congratulations! I think others have already covered it with regard shorts, saddles, etc.

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Don't ask for forgiveness for posting about a bike . Is great to have posts like yours .

That is a lovely bike, but if the pain in the girlie bits keeps hurting don't ignore it, as trojan pointed out girlie bits are shaped different to male bits you may have to change the saddle.

I envy all you short people , can just go in and buy a bike
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we need a "like" button. For the record, "like"
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I've now talked to a co-worker who is a super-awesome cyclist (he does all sorts of races and the like and has been very helpful) and he said his wife had the problem of not sitting on her sit bones, and sitting on her "delicate feminine parts" - which seems to be what I'm doing. I'm not sitting on my butt - I'm sitting more forward.

I think the best way for me to deal with this will be to move the nose down a little - once I do that, I'll give it a few goes and determine if I think the problem is breaking it in or if I really need a new saddle.

Oh, and tergal - I'm in the smallest size bike and it still feels like it's a bit big. So don't think it's just you tall people with issues!
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Congrats on the new bike!! Enjoy it!
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LOL. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Keep playing around with it, you're going to have a great time.
This +1. It is infectious, and your great story took me back to my days of buying my first adult bicycle in 2008 at 360 lbs. and how I felt so awkward. Now, down 75 lbs. and still dropping slowly, I'm riding metrics and the occasional imperial century and enjoying every minute of it. I'm now leading group rides and teaching the newbies about their road bikes, nutrition, etc.

Have fun, these will all be great memories.
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