I'm returning to bicycling after a 20 year absence and boy, lots has changed -- my body, my weight, the bikes . . . (I'm 54)
I used to ride a Nishiki road bike that I was absolutely in love with. My typical ride was about 20 miles and sometimes longer. But I don't want to ride with dropped handlebars or a men's frame now.
So today I went to the bike store to check out some comfort bikes. They put me on a Specialist women's bike that was not even sort of adjusted for me. Thankfully the seat was low so I could get my feet on the ground -- but what a rude awakening! I was terrified to start and stop! My legs felt like they were riding a mini clown bike while the handlebars were almost at the same level as my shoulder.
AND, I don't even know how to shift the new shifters!
But I wobbled around the parking lot again and again, and even forced myself to try a different Specialist bike (at least this one didn't slip gears). Still terrified, but I wobbled around some more. I had a "I miss my dad!" moment as I longed for someone behind me to help steady me as I started and stopped.
So I don't know what to do. My inclination is to find an old used bike and re-learn how to ride that -- but nothing will hurt a person faster than poor or badly adjusted equipment. (IMHO)
I've been comparing bikes on the web, examining frames and trying to see if there is something better for me. I like the look of the hybrid bikes -- the handlebars seem more forward, which feels like a more balanced position.
Any thoughts on balance here? Or ideas to safely relearn how to ride?
Thanks a million,