Took a first ride on the new bike today, since I'm off work for a day or two (the big plus of 12 hour shifts). Here's a run down, for the entertainment of those who have gone before:
First, clothing or lack thereof. I haven't bought any "cycling" clothing yet, not even a pair of lycra boxers to sub in until I can get some cycling shorts. So I was stuck with what was in the drawer/closet. Turned out to be a pair of cotton boxers, sweat pants, a cotton t-shirt and a nylon wind breaker (can't you say "it don't breathe"?) with tennis shoes.
Second, the route. I picked a route in my neighborhood that was a circuit having both ups and downs, a good bit of reasonable level distance, a turn and two cul-de-sacs. If I'm guessing right, had about a total of a half mile distance, but I'll have to figure out how to read my new computer to find out how to zero the computer, then measure the distance. Aggravating to have to know how to read an electronic device, after years as an Electronic and Technical Support Engineer in the telephone industry, I oddly prefer simple mechanical devices to gadgets.
Third, the experience - managed to complete the entire route and make it home without stopping, which for a fat guy, was somewhat satisfying. I was tired and breathing hard when I got home, sweating profusely and with wobbly legs. The good news is I didn't get sick and afterwards, there were no "negative, not normal" pains. All the hurt I felt was related to getting some exercise, no pulled muscles, joint aches, etc.
Finally, after effects and thoughts - I got a raw spot on my right leg where the boxers rubbed my leg, reminding me I need something different to wear. - I need to adjust my seat nose down about 1-2 percent from level to give myself some relief. I had them replace the "shock" style seat pin with a solid one because I didn't like the feeling the shock style seat pin gave of a tire with low air pressure, very distracting. When they replaced it, the shop forgot to put the seat back slightly nose down, as they'd had it when I was trying the bike out. Since I have both metric and SAE hex wrenches, this will be no big deal. - I'm happy I didn't get sick and completed the route I chose and glad there are no sore spots. I'll do that route the rest of this week and see about adding to it in the neighborhood as I can. When I can complete the entire neighborhood, I'll look at going outside the neighborhood. - I'm in a good mood and while I didn't get an endorphine release (something I am typically lucky to experience when I exercise for any extended period, such as when running), I am very pleased with this good start. - Going riding with the wife, same circuit, this evening when she gets home from work.
Pictures - will take pics of ourselves and the bikes tonight, for posterity and post them here as well. Then some in say, six months or so after there is some real progress from a physical fitness standpoint.