Hey guys, this seems to be best place on the net to discuss cycling so that's why I'm here. I'm 18 years and will be going back to community college on the 25th to continue my study in Criminal Justice; yes, I'm interested in working in law enforcement.
I picked up my Jamis Coda Sport hybrid today from the bike shop. This is my first real bike, and I'm hoping to get into cycling. I picked a hybrid due to the the sometimes poor conditions of the roads here(NY = Winter + Salt + Sand). I rode it home from the shop, which was about 4-5 miles. This is my first time riding a bike in years, so I didn't do too bad, but switching the gears probably would have made it easier. I was on the highest(smallest #8?), is that more suited for speed or hills?
As I was riding my hands/wrists started to hurt, is this because I was not wearing gloves? Or do I have to get used to the pressure on my hands and wrists? I have very long arms is that makes a difference.
The only accessories I have right now are a helmet and computer for my bike. What else do I need? I still need to go over the manual for the bike, but it's in my mom's car so that will have to wait.
Believe it or not, I didn't have any problems with mororists being rude to me. I was honked at once, but I believe that it was a "I'm passing you" honk, due to how short it was.
Thanks in advance!