Hello all, Neal in the Hudson Valley here.
I have always liked cycling, but earlier this summer signed up for a two-day charity ride and in anticipation, started riding more frequently and longer. About a month ago, I bought a Specialized Tricross Sport (2009 model new at a discount), which I like a lot and is my first drop-handlebar bike since I was a kid.
(I'm 45, too heavy but started riding 15-20 miles no problem.)
Over Labor Day weekend, I did the two-day charity ride, 60 miles the first day and 42 the second (was great) and now my left hand is partially numb with cyclist's palsy.
I've read a LOT on the internet about this, so I'm not too worried about it, but I do want to correct the problem and get biking again- I actually had to stop about 5 miles before the finish the first day because I didn't trust my hands, even though my legs had a (little) left in them.
So the advice I've seen is to wear gloves (always do), get the bike fitted, and correct one's posture.
This is where my questions are.
The LBS offers two levels of bike fit- a basic fit of saddle, handlebars and stem (as I understand it) for about $79 and more granular fit for about $175.
Given that I'm still getting used to the road bike, and nothing in particular hurts except my hand and sometimes my lower back, I think the basic level fitting will be OK, but I really need some advice or information about proper posture.
Is that something the bike store will offer with a fit consultation?
Any good articles or resources online about shoulders, neck, back, hands, etc, that I should be reading, or is this something that needs to be corrected in person, and if so- how does that happen?
I really like riding the relaxed posture Tricross, over my old hybrid, but I think there are some aspects of riding a road bike that are eluding me and I'm not sure what the next steps should be.
Any reason NOT to get the bike fitted at the shop at this point?
thanks so much for your collective wisdom,