... some of which I'll ask later as they reoccur to me.
My nine-year-old son learned to ride a bike in June, so I went out and bought us a couple o' new bikes, Giant Sedonas (an ST for him, 17", and a regular ol' Sedona women's, 19", for me -- my first new bike ever). I did no research whatsoever, just walked in and placed our biking fate in the hands of the guy there.
The LBS changed the seat on my Sedona to a Cloud-9 made by Pyramid. Other than that, everything is standard issue.
The LBS probably figured me for a "twice-around-the-block" kind of rider; that's certainly what I look like, being a standard issue wide-butt. Sportswoman I'm not, out of shape and overweight I am. At 5'10", somewhat tall for a woman.
But we ride, aiming for 30-50 miles a week. Our short rides are about 8 miles, our longer rides together about 12, and my ride yesterday, alone, was 34. I know that's not a lot compared to people who really RIDE, but it was a long time on the trails for me (I ride pretty slowly).
(Long intro... sorry!)
1.) What should I have expected from the LBS in the way of fitting the bike to me? And what should I go back and demand in way of fitting?
(My tailbone hurts. My knees, especially the area right above the knees, hurt. My thighs do not hurt, and shouldn't thighs be a little sore when a couch potato rides 30+ miles? I have some numb fingers -- ring and pinkie, especially on my right hand -- that may or may not be from bike riding. It's worse after riding, but I think nerves are being compressed by un-bike related activity.)
2.) Is it really so bad to ride in normal clothes?
(I ride in cotton shorts -- just regular ol' shorts of different kinds -- and a cotton tee-shirt. I had a bit of chafing after a 28-mile ride, but suspect that was from [sorry, gents] a panty-liner. I didn't wear one yesterday and did not have the same chafing problem.)
3.) Why wouldn't someone accept my offer of patch kit and tools? This might be a rhetorical question...
(In my ride yesterday, I came across a gent with a flat; he didn't have tools with him because he had his baby girl in a seat on the back, and he takes them off when he has her along. He used my cell phone to call his wife, hoping she'd come pick the two of them up, but alas. I offered my patch kit and tools, but he said he'd walk. It didn't occur to me to offer him the CO2 pump, just to get some air in the tire so the rim wouldn't be ruined, nor did it occur to me until later to tell him that my watching him patch his tire would be good for me, as, though I have the tools and all, I don't know how to use them. I felt really awful leaving him there to carry the baby with one arm and wheel the bike with the other, several miles home.)
4.) What's a reasonable distance for a couch-potato-y nine-year-old to ride?
(He needs more exercise. He's fine with 10-12 mile rides, though is flagging a bit at the end, riding even more slowly than our normally slow pace. He tells me he'd like to train for a century ride -- clearly his competitive nature talking! But at what age is a century ride feasible for one's Owlet?)
5.) Why the heck doesn't the women's Sedona have holes for a water cage or two?! (Rhetorical...)
(I have one Cannondale velcro water bottle on my boke. My tall child has two water cages on his bike. I could use another, though found yesterday that keeping a water bottle in a fanny pack worked really well; still had ice in it when I needed to pull it out. Still, would rather have water on the bike than strapped around my waist.)
I don't have tons o' spare cash to put immediately into biking stuff. I've been adding gear, etc., slowly (with each paycheck...); any additional stuff I have to prioritize.
Thanks in advance!