greetings from chicago near west suburbs
berwyn to be precise
hi all. i'm a new rider, on a new bike, who fits comfortably into the clydesdale category, and not thanks to any substantial height. i've logged about 225 miles in the last two months since i started riding (a couple of shorter weekday rides and a longer, 15-20mi weekend ride is my current regimen), and I am enjoying it immensely. I plan to keep riding outside all winter, as long as it's dry out. and upping my ride distance slowy but consistently. my first ride was just under 8 miles and i almost croaked. now it's a dozen rides and two months later - i did 20 last weekend and felt great. I'm sure it helps that I have a good friend who is well-experienced to ride with.
For those interested in the bike, i'm riding a 54" Tommaso Monza. It's fairly entry-level, aluminum frame, light-ish, with tiagras in the front, 105s in the back. it's a compact geometry bike with carbon forks and nice quality welds all over it. I'd characterize the ride as responsive and somwhat stiff, but still comfortable. It's great for a beginner, with room to grow via component upgrades.
I notice that from time-to time people inquire about Tommaso bikes, and i'd be happy to share my thoughts/experience on it so far with anyone interested.
Ciao a tutti.