Greetings from New Hampshire!
I am a novice who is becoming more interested in road cycling for the fun and exercise.
I just bought a 03 Specialized Allez which works well for a beginner like me...and with a price tag of $550, it was a good deal.
I am starting slow because I am out of shape - I have been riding for only four days: 2 miles, 3 mi, 3 mi and 5 mi. Doesn't seem like a lot, but these New Hampshire hills can be a challenge for a novice. Also, I was a sprinter in high school and cycling is quite different for me right now.
Currently, I am evaluating how my body reacts to different gears. With all of these hills and valleys, I really need to get this down. Any suggestions? Also, I am experiencing some pain in my hands - I think I am putting too much weight on my wrists and hands. My bike fits fine. I don't wear gloves...would they help?