Where to start...
Three weeks ago I recieved a Dawes LT1000 in the mail from bikesdirect.com. Nice bike, good price. :-) I'm happy with my purchase.
I'm a gearhead first. I love to work on things, fix things, make them better. When I was younger that included working on bicycles. And moving on to lots of other hobbies. Most recently motorcycling. And that leads us to where I am now. A bit more than a month ago I broke my elbow test riding a CRF450X. The results were not pretty. It's remarkable how much biking relates to motorcycling. And how much those lessons cross translate.
I am recovering. Slower than I'd like, yet faster than the docs expect. The road bikes geometry helps me stretch my elbow out. And, someday I hope to get back into the riding shape I was in while I was in high school. I am very out of shape now... years of sedentary work. Lots of car instead of bicycle. It's been to long since I was active in paintball. So I have lots of work ahead of me to get back into some form of decent shape.
The bike came out of the packaging in good shape. I got it assembled, and I directly went and ordered a new set of pedals for it. I'm not into the clipless things yet, but I do like my clipped pedals. Some nice narrow, single sided road platforms and a $7 set of toe clips. That's a taste I learned to like from my mountian bike, a 18" framed Team Iorn Horse 350.
I learned my lessons on wallmart bikes. I was hard on bikes, and I rather hurt them. I've folded handlebars. I cracked a frame. I twisted the headstocks on two bikes. I ripped the derailur off another bike.
I like indexed shifting. Good quality trigger type shifters make me very happy. They have a very nice mechanical feel. Sadly I only get that nice feel while shifting to smaller cogs on my Dawes. Shifting to bigger cogs is kinda mushy. (I'm looking into buying new brifters...) I need to find out what series are on my friends fuji road bike... Those feel very nice.
So I have a few questions, I'm not sure if they're appropreate here or not.
What makes "good" bottom brackets, and derailurs so "good". Beyond stiff cranks and high quality bearings?
I do most of my riding at night. So I am looking into a decent lighting setup. What would you recomend?
I have a computer in the mail, I know my goals. Using a online power calculator I found out how much power I making in high school. (22mph for 20-30 minutes at a time) And by plugging that number into a road bike... I found out how fast my goal speed is. *shakes head* Friction is to the square of speed. 26mph isn't easy for me right now. At least for my goals, I think just going out and riding, slowly incresing time, and intensity may not be a bad plan. Or am I being stupid with that? (so far I've worked from 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes. The computer isn't here yet, but I reckon I'm rolling along at 15mph)
So Hi. I'm Nero. I'm from chicagoland.
Edit: Maybe I should add some goals in here. I'm 5'4-5" or so. 30" inseam, and as of tonight 190lbs. I'd like to get back down to 160lbs. I've never had much of an upper body, but I do miss the legs I had.