Hi guys, it's my first post here! I'm 18 years old (male), 135 lbs, 5'5" with long legs and a short torso. I was rowing competitively the last two years for my college but I was always at a serious disadvantage because of my height. During that period I had many people suggest that I pick up cycling instead because apparently my body type suits some type of cycling (I forget which one). I never paid it much attention since my only experience with cycling is on the stationary bike when cross training and riding around the park as a kid on the mountain bike my parents bought me from Costco.
Anyway, I hurt my lower back and ankle recently and haven't been able to row or run. I am seeing a physical therapist and in the meantime I was bored with not doing any activity so I took my old bike out and started riding it around my neighborhood. It's been about two weeks now and I ride about 16 km a day (45 minutes) for fun at a moderate speed and I'm really enjoying it. I never knew cycling could be so much fun. I'm still uncomfortable with riding alongside traffic but it's getting better. I know almost nothing about changing gears or proper posture while riding. But I'm really enjoying it, almost as much as rowing. I'm starting university soon and I was thinking maybe I could get a better bike and commute to school (downtown) everyday. It's about a 30 km round trip.
So I have a couple questions:
- I can afford to spend about $400 on a bike. Can I get a decent used one for that much money? And if so should I get a mountain bike or a road bike? I have no experience with the latter but the path to my university has a couple hills.
- I understand that different types of cycling (hills, sprints, etc...) are better suited for different body types. Given my weight and size, which would be the ideal one if I wanted to start training competitively? I think I want to take a break from rowing for a while.
All responses and comments would be much appreciated