Last May, just before graduating from college, I decided I would never be sucked into the daily drone of cars, cell phones, and calendars.
Well, here I am, 8 months later, fighting the morning rush hour with a cellphone in my pocket and a Franklin Covey planner in my back seat. Tell me the working world won't always be this dull... please?
Anyay, I recently received an update from bikeforums with a list of threads, and after reading a few, I'm suddenly inspired to dust off my bike and get to riding again. I can hardly wait!
Problem is, I don't know which is in worse shape: me or my bike! All *my* tendons seem to be in tact, and I don't have any structural damage, so I suppose I have that over my old, beat up, poorly-treated, too-small mountain bike.
So, if I want to be biking by spring (which doesn't happen until after the first Saturday in May here in Kentucky... ), I need to do a few things, and I would be so thankful if some of you could offer suggestions (otherwise, I'll have to strip-mine the archives).
First, I need a bike. I'd like to buy used, but am wary of doing so due to my lack of experience. Any advice?
Second, I need to prepare my body. I assume a good cardio regimine will more important than anything, but what about some light muscle training (not to start til the "New Years Resolution" crowd gets out of the gyms)?
Third, when's a good time to hit the bike shops? I imagine they have clearance sales in November/December and are starting to restock right now to prepare for spring fever. Should I get into a LBS ASAP to take advantage of low prices now, or should I hold out for a month or so?
Sorry for the length and nonsequiture nature of this post, but I'm quite excited about all this, and would love some input.