Some encouragement would be really helpful. I bought my new bike (Specialized Hardrock) a week or so ago and have found the entire biking process frustrating. I'm sure it's more overload since it's so new to me.
I'm not sure I like the bike after putting maybe 15 miles on it. I can't figure out why other than inexperience. Something is just "off".
It didn't help that I was in the shop today wanting the clipless pedals and saw this other mountain bike (don't know what it was called) but it ran 1400-1500 dollars. It had hydrolic brakes and was simply jaw dropping. I haven't ridden it so I don't know what it's like. It's a Trek bike..might be a Fisher one? It wasn't there when I bought my bike and given my lack of experience, I figured keeping my dollar amount between 500-600 dollars was smart.
My body has gone into overload. It finally hit me last night that I've been going through caffeine withdrawal as I haven't been going through soda. That explains the irratibility and the killer headaches. I'm eating better because my body is demanding better care. It's a good thing, but the withdrawal has been hard and my body is complete confusion. I can tell a change and for once my back isn't giving out on me keeping part of the reason not to give up.
The hills are killing me. My whole neighborhood is full of gradual hills and you can't escape them. I can do about a mile or so and my body gives out. If my kids are there to push me, I can do a little more. It's so discouraging as I don't want to face another hill when I'd rather be riding free and clear.
Is all of this normal when you first start riding and will it all even out over the next few weeks?
I'm not asking if I should buy the more expensive seductive "you know you want me" bike. I can do that on my own. The thought of wrecking that expensive of a bike would make me sick.
Just let me know the frustration and overload will go away and the hills will get easier. Or..will the ride be easier on a 1400 dollar bike making it over rule some of the frustration? I also figure I can treat myself to a more expensive bike once things get easier.