So I'm back home in good ol' WV, and unlike my parents' neighborhood where I've been tearing around on the wife's new GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc on the street, there are a few more hills in my neighborhood. Now, before anyone tells me a mountain bike isn't the ideal cruiser for the streets, I was aware of that when we got it; in fact, I ordered a GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc for myself, which should be ready for pick-up by the end of the week.
Anyway, lemme cut to the chase here. I already know street tires would make a world of difference due to much less resistance/road friction than a mountain bike's knobby tires, but I figured that out of 24 gears to choose from, I could find AT LEAST one that I could climb a hill with without huffing and puffing halfway up, and then having to walk the rest of the way up the hill with my knees quivering under me. In fact, I finished my ride about 20-30 minutes ago, and I'm still quivering at the knees!
Yeah, I know, I'm out of shape; I know this, too. Maybe it's just going to take a while to build those muscles back up, and I'm just expecting too much, such as just jumping back on a bike like when I was 14 years old and have endless amounts of energy. Well, whatever the case, it ain't happening this time around!
So, any suggestions on making my ride a little bit easier, or am I just being a pre-madonna and a sissy?