Getting back into Cycling
I am just now getting back into cycling after a few years away. I was very active in the mid 80's then had a bad crash that sidelined me and I fell out of riding. Then, back in 2002, I once again realized I needed to do something about my 225 pound setpoint and bought a Marrin Attack Trail mountain bike while on an extended California work trip. I was able to go from 225 pounds to about 175 pounds in about 5 months of riding (about 100-125 miles per week).
Now, I'm back to my 225 pound setpoint and have been inactive for too long so to motivate me to work out I bough an 2009 Trex Madone 4.7 -- sweet! I had just started riding again and I finaly realized that mountain biking wasn't my thing so I opted to get a new road bike (last one was a Canondale). My first observation of riding a road bike after years of just mountain bikes and nearly 20 years without a road bike is that it sure is easier to ride a road bike fast than a mountain bike. Obvious I know but the difference is pretty amazing.
Now I've been using one Polar HRM or another since the mod 80's and still have a 725 but I decided to get the Garmin 705 with cadence and nav data. I like the ability to see upwards of 8 data fields at the same time -- a far cry from the 725. The Garmin software isn't anything to write home about and if I were a MAC guy I'd get Ascent in a heartbeat, but I'm not a MAC guy so what to do. I do hope they port Ascent to the PC.
OK, perhaps a couple questions are in order.
* First, I have a 6 year old NiteRider Firestorm that still gets about 3 hours on a charge but I had to replace the original mount with one that would handle the 31.8mm bars on the Trek -- so, if I decide to change to a new headlight how well do the high intensity LED lights work and how much lighter are they than a NiMH HID system like the Firestorm?
* I used to use Tubular tires on the Canondale and in 5000 miles of riding I never (NEVER) had a flat while the original wheel/tires that came on the Canondale had numerous flats (clincher) -- so, how much difference is there in modern clinchers versus sew-ups?
* For the Canondale I picked up a new set of wheels so as to have a spare but also to switch to sew-ups -- how may of you have a second (or third) set of wheels?
* SEAT ... OK, it has been a while since I rode and am now 52 years old and I guess I'm strugling a bit with my *ss. Common problem I know but what are the better seat/saddle choices out there? I should mention that they granny seat is not an option as I do ride hard and therefore need a seat that's more race oriented. The current seat on the Trek is a Bontrager Race and I may keep it if I get acclimated to it but would appreciate and ideas on a light, race type seat that is on the more comfortable side.
* On bike tools and spares: I have a Novara small bag that has a saddle rail clip and can be twisted on/off in a couple seconds and in it I have (spare tube, tube patch kit, CO2 refiller, 2 tire spoons, wallet with ID and my cell phone) -- What "kit" do others have? I've never used a CO2 refiller before and have no idea how well they work so any feedback here is desireable. I think I should pickup a tool with 3mm, 4mm and 5mm allens -- any other allens needed?
OK, that's it for now,