For those of you following along, I finally eclipsed the 20 mile mark without a rest break. Yeah, I was proud as I hobbled away.
I mentioned in someone else's post about pain in the nether regions. I didn't want to hijack his post though so thought I would express my thoughts in my own. The saddle woes. Ouch!
But aside from the pain I have learned some valuable information in my short time pursuing this sport. My number one lesson is, buy the best components you can possibly afford! Sheesh, I have to adjust my derailleurs every other week. Acera and Altus are low end components which work well when in proper adjustment. The problem is, the shifters need a lot of that if you're riding them a lot. Thankfully, people like Sheldon Brown thought to write all the instruction needed to handle this task and it really isn't that difficult after you do and redo it once. Heavy emphasis on the redo!
I have also learned that addressing issues with my current bike can alleviate, to some extent, my constant obsession with buying another bike. Oh, I look at all the fancy expensive bikes when I'm out riding on my inexpensive hybrid. I always think how much faster I'd be on whatever is my current obsession. CX bikes are my current drool over bikes. But the simple truth is, I'm still new at this and really don't have any idea what I really need even yet. On the plus side, I've gotten to know my bike on a real personal level.
I'm sure that the day will come when the Misceo will no longer fill my needs. Or, the low grade components will finally wear out past the point of no return. And at that time I will be in a much better place to know what I need next. Maybe a CX bike or maybe a full bore roadie, or even another hybrid. Who knows! But until that day I'll just keep pedaling away and wishing I lived in a place without all these damn hills!
Oh yeah, the saddle. I think I'm gonna try a Brooks.