I have been lurking the forums for a while now but as I finally picked up riding again today it seemed an appropriate time to introduce myself.
My name is Cliff and I just moved back to Arizona from Pasadena, CA. A little while after graduating from ASU I moved out to CA to get my M.A. in Political Science, which I completed last December. Now I will be pursuing my Ph.D. at ASU this Fall.
When younger I had/rode various mountain bikes all the time. For whatever reason, the urge to start biking again really hit me a few months back. The two main reasons for this urge are exercise and to have fun outdoors. The last time I actually rode a bike was probably 8 years ago, which was also around the time I broke my right femur in a bad car accident.
I figured a road bike would be the way to go this time around and had been looking for a decent used bike. It seems that most people on here endorse going with a fitted bike that will be the perfect specifications to its rider, and rightfully so. Going this route does seem the best way to go about it. However, after 6mo of an unpaid internship in a Congressman's office and moving back to AZ, finding something inexpensive (that would still work for a while) was the limiting factor. That, and I don't want to spend a large sum of money on a bike before I really determine to what extent I am going to get into biking.
Anyways, I thought I would try to keep my budget around a couple hundred, more or less. Then, as it turns out, I got this old Schwinn 754 from a yard sale for $20. From my research, it appears to be a 1989, though maybe some of you might be able to let me know for sure. I knew I would need a larger sized bike, as I am 6'2" (maybe a little over, also 210lbs and 26y/o). Being 60cm, I took this bike in to a shop near me, had it tuned up, a cable replaced, and the seat set to the right height for me, which turned out to be as high as it could go!
I just picked the bike up this morning and finished riding it around for a while just a bit ago. It feels pretty good and very smooth. As I have had some lower back problems recently I was nervous about my back comfort while riding but, so far, it is not an issue. My lower neck was getting a little sore though, and my elbows/hands. No leg or knee pain. Not sure if my neck and elbows just need to get used to biking or if it is an issue with my size and the dimensions of the bike.
The bike shop said I probably need a 62cm bike but that this Schwinn should be good for a while until I see how much I get into the sport.
So far I am still pretty much a newbie. I don't have all the terminology down yet or quite know how to do anything myself on the bike but I am excited to be learning and, most importantly, out there riding!