I just bought a new Jamis Coda Sport, and I have a ton of questions (and more in the future I'm sure) concerning my first "real" bike. Hopefully enough people will read this
First off, while I absolutely loved my rides with it so far, the saddle (Selle San Marco Island) is a huge pain already (was apparent only after a few minutes after I took it home). I am going to see if I can switch it for something else when I go for my "after you ride 20 hours tune-up". However, I don't know what to look for when I go in, and I'm not really sure what the problem is with my current saddle (or ass). The pain I feel is developing sort of right "outside" the taint area, and I'm also getting a funny feeling in my pecker..I guess there is too much pressure focused on the center. Does this mean my saddle is too narrow, too wide, or is this classification oversimplified? Secondly, what should I look for when I go in? Would only a few minutes riding time be enough to make a decision? I really don't have that much time, as I am going back to my campus in a week.
Tying in with my pressing schedule, I plan to go for the tune-up before I leave for school. The person at the bike shop told me I should ride the bike about 20 hours, to break in the cables so that they can be adjusted. I definitely won't have time to ride that much, not to mention the unbearable pain that would result, so I was wondering, a) is this a big issue, and b) what would you recommend?
My third issue is about general maintenance of the bike. What are some things that I can do to keep my bike in top condition? For example, preventing steel rust, cleaning, what to do in rain, keeping derailleurs in tune, etc.
My front brake also has a very slight squeaking at low speeds. I know this is common, but can someone explain to me what exactly causes it, and what can be done?
Lastly, what are some good biking techniques? For example, what is the best way to brake going downhill? Should I emphasize the front or rear brake? When is the best time to shift gears, and when is it a bad idea? Does constant shifting naturally reduce shifting performance, or is this attributed to improper shifting?
I apologize for so many questions. Feel free to just provide a link if you feel it answers any them
If there are any other pieces of advice you'd like to offer, feel free to suggest it.