runner flirting with biking
Hi, I'm Chad. I've been looking at bikes for a few weeks. I started looking at them before the tour de france started and then the tdf really got me pumped up and seeing Floyd come back like he did really inspired me. Anyway, I've been saving some money to buy a bike and get started. I've been running for almost 2 years now and I'm training for my 2nd marathon (Chicago in October). I've really enjoyed running and getting into shape. I'm a little (ok a lot) intimated by biking and you bikers. Maybe intimidated is the wrong word. I guess it is more of respect really. I mean, with running sure there are some things to learn and I'll always be seeking to improve and learn new things, but basically you just put on a pair of shoes (hopefully shoes recommended by a real running store) and go out there and run. That's it. Sure you have to build endurance and at first it is hard, but basically it is that simple. But biking? Maybe it is that simple but I don't think so, at least not from where I sit now. I am a little nervous to get a bike and get out there... there's so much to learn and so many questions!!! Let's see, there are things that come across my mind like riding in a group and the rules and technique that go along with that, clipless pedals, gears (the only biking I ever did was some BMX racing, and I sucked, as a kid so gears on a bike really will be a big learning curve for me I think), picking out all the right gear and equipment, learning how to ride well and take curves, etc (what I thought was probably easy finally got my respect and appreciation after watching some of those guys crash and burn in the TDF this year), and the list goes on.
Anyway, I'm writing a book here as is my usual fashion. Most of all, I just think biking will be fun. I love running fast and just giving it all I've got, so I can only imagine what it will feel like to be on a bike!
Anyway, I've just started my flirtation with biking and I'm learning. I have decided that I definitely want a road bike, but I'm pretty much clueless as to what I should get and look for in a first bike, but hopefully soon I'll get all that figured out and I'll have me a bike and I'll start riding with a local group here in Greenville/Spartanburg S.C. Hopefully I won't break too many riders rules at first or cause anyone to crash (or crash myself). And hopefully I want get run over by a car. I've seen some car drivers (in frustration) go around a pack of bikers and get really really close just to send them a message. But, I've seen that too while running when there were no sidewalks to run on..... there are some real idiots out there that think they own the road.
Anyway, glad I found these boards and I'm looking forward to learning a ton!!