I wonder if anyone else finds themself in a similar position to me? For nearly 2 years i have been riding my Mountain bikes nearly every day, racking up over 9000 miles on backroads, city streets, etc. Although i have two mountain bikes, i have ZERO interest in technical trail riding, racing or any of that. I just always enjoy the time alone, and the feeling of pedaling fairly aggressively and taking in a lot of clean, fresh air and enjoying the scenery.
As with all things, this sort of started to get a little old and i kept thinking that i ought to get a road bike. So i picked up a road bike a couple weeks ago, and it seems like everything changed. I started looking at all of the times in the road cycling forum and getting all caught up in speed, etc. So most of the rides i have had have been pretty brisk and not all that relaxing.
I have pretty much left the mountain bike hanging in the garage for the last couple weeks. I have abandoned her in favor of the sleek road bike. I even went so far as to go on my first group ride on the road bike the other night. There was a whole lot of testosterone in the air. The riders were super nice but I don't think this is for me. I made the mistake of pushing myself too hard as well as riding 30 miles in the morning before the ride. I tried to keep up with all of the good road riders, which i was able to do relatively well.
However, most of the ride I was pretty uncomfortable. I was pushing myself WAY beyond what i normally do. Turns out i end up with a swollen ankle that is probably related to this group ride. So now i am off of my bike and waiting for my ankle to heal. This is my first injury ever from riding even though i have ridden thousands of miles on the mountain bike. Every time i walk by my mountain bike i swear i here her call me a moron. I am starting to think the bike is right.
So i guess, my point is that i really don't fit into a category. The people in the mountain bike forum seem like all of them race or do single track etc. The members in the road forum are all riding 30 mph averages and popping gel packs like zits on a teenager.
I think I need a new category. Maybe just "bike rider." ANyone else feel like they don't fit anywhere?