I am a casual/amateur bicycle rider who enjoys solo-rides as well as riding with the sunday critical mass groups around town.
I usually ride every alternate day after getting back from work and avoid riding in the dark. Depending on how dark it is i generally end up doing 6-10kms.
On the weekends i get together with a group and on average do 20-30kms. The bike I was riding was kinda old but comfortable. Like my previous bikes it kept my back straight i felt comfortable riding it for long rides.
I had an opportunity to trade up to a relatively old but barely used Mountainbike Cannondale M500 CAAD3 26". I read the reviews and 97% of the previous owners of this bike model had rated it 5/5 for casual/mountain racing etc. So it was a deal i couldnt let go off. I have to point out that where i live, good bikes are tough to get hands on so this was too big to let go. took a test ride, felt very different but light and fast.
Sold my old bike and bought it. One thing that had me concerned was how high the saddle was and how low the handle was. It would probably take some getting used too.
Took it out for the first evening ride yesterday and i was really happy with myself for a while, it is LIGHT FAST smooth! By the time i hit 3 km my findings were getting overshadowed by the fact that my back was killing me (muscular pain). had to take a 10 second stop every km after that to straighten my back out. I have this sinking feeling that i royally screwed up spending a decent amount on this bike . Dont think i can do the weekend 30km run on this bike yet.
I dont have a pic of the one i bought right now so i googled it and am posting an archive pic.
one difference to the archive pic is my M500 bike has a hydraulic saddle bar i will post the pic a bit later..
Other pic is of me on the old bike with the my back in near upright position.
Did i pick the wrong bike? should i get rid of it?? or should i keep at it until i get used to it. I want to be able to continnue doing the weekend 30kms. Eventually longer rides in future.