I found this site while researching which bike to buy (or if to buy one at all) and I was inspired by the posts I read to go ahead and take the plunge, so I got a bottom-of-the-line new road bike (a Specialized Sequoia) with the check George Bush sent me. Thanks George.
The reason I went with a new bike was because I read in here how important it is to get a bike that fits, and because I rapidly got tired of driving around burning $4.50 gas looking at crappy old bicycles I found on Craig's List.
Anyway, I got it Friday and rode it for an hour in the 95 degree heat and decided that that was probably a mistake, at least for now. The next morning I was up with the sun and rode about ten miles. Although I took a spill and got some road rash, then threw the chain off going up a hill due to my imperfect shifting techniques (which I'm gradually getting the hang of) if was freaking GREAT. I rode a bike to work and back for a few months about 15 years ago (due to circumstances beyond my control) and the feeling of freedom you get on a bicycle came back to me with a rush. This morning I went over fifteen miles and it was even better. I really started to feel like the bike and I were finally getting along. And my new bike is so light and agile compared to the other bike I owned, which was made in the seventies, it made me realize that technology isn't always a bad thing after all.
I do quite a bit of hiking around North San Diego County (where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a steep hill) so I'm not in terrible shape. The only place that hurts, other than some minor stiffness, is right in the area that hits the saddle. I remember it from riding fifteen years ago and it seemed like it gradually went away, or at least moderated a bit, but I ain't a kid anymore.
So my question is: will that soreness go away if I keep at it and stop being a wuss, or do I have to buy bike shorts and some crotch contraption to keep myself in the saddle? Is there some adjustment I can make to the saddle that might help? Is there any way to improvise padding, thus sparing the expense of all that spandex?
Again, this is a cool forum.