I'm new here, first post, been reading for about a month.
I'm about 50 miles into ownership of my specialized crosstrail disc. Love the bike so far, it's my first bike since being a kid. I'm in solid Clyde territory, 35 years young guy , 5'10", 250#. Been looking for a new way to exercise, hence the bike.
Yesterday I felt ambitious and tackled a 6.3 mile ride with several hills including a big (?) 575' ascent according to mapmyride.com. Just as I arrived at the big hill I goofed and was late to change gears, ended up getting my chain tangled and stuck between the smallest gear and the frame. With the help of a friendly pedestrian and her dog, we managed to get the chain back on the gear (10-15 minutes of amateur bike mechanic work). With sticky black hands and a bit of frustration I was back on the road.
I think the hill took about 20 minutes. It was difficult for me but I persevered and made up without having to stop and walk. The whole ride including the chain repair was 1 hour. I'm not sure how my speed compares to others. I don't really care about speed but it is nice to know how I rates vs. to others,
Anyway, just wanted to give an intro to the community and share my most recent adventure, and get feedback from peers. Thanks.