Victim of Circumstance
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Never let an inexperienced rider borrow your bike...
...unless you like cringing every 30 seconds. OY!
Yesterday I took a friend out riding. He doesn't own a bike and I own two, so I lent him the MTB (the road bike is off-limits to all butts but mine!) and away we went.
Anyway, as with anyone that is new to riding he was a little uncomfortable with the shifting. He basically threw my chain about seven times due to shifting to the wrong chainring or trying to shift while mashing the pedals. He also got caught in a cross-gear way too often which didn't help matters.
It was very disconcerting.
My friend weighs as much as I do, but his legs are not accustomed to cycling so he rides very hard in the saddle. Instead of standing up over rough terrain and absorbing some of the impact, he put all of his weight on the saddle. He wound up with a flat rear tire, and even he said it was probably because he was putting all of his weight on that tire. DOH!
All kidding aside, it was a fun time. I do believe I got my friend very intested in cycling - which wasn't all that hard to accomplish, seeing how he is an avid motorcyclist.
And although he laughed at first, by the end of the ride he sure was happy I lent him a pair of cycling shorts.