Always wanted a road bike since watching Breaking away as a young kid. Had a Schwinn Varsity as a kid and teenager. Have not been on a bike since I was 17 or so. 23 years...dam time goes quick. Recently (past two or three years) Have been totally into the TDF on TV. So this year with a budget of $500 dollars and lots of determination I took the plunge.
Got a Windsor Wellinton 2.0 from BD. Water bottle and cage, Air Pump, Repair kit, Seat purse, helmet, compact 10 in 1 tool and bike computer from local big box stores. All for under $500. Times are tight so a cheapo bike with Shimano parts is the route I took. I figure get the engine tuned before I mate it to a killer chassis.
I am 40 years old and in decent shape. 175# 5'9". Did two rides this weekend. Both about 14 miles and averaged 23 kph on the first ride and 25kph on the second. Relatively flat. Same road 7 miles oneway then 7 miles back the other way on the same road for 14 miles total. Was relatively easy and will double the ride next week to 28 miles. Maybe thinking of getting into Triathalons. I did a 5K run before each bike ride, with maybe an hour rest in between.
Look forward to posting and looking for buddy riders in the area. Morris County NJ.
Last edited by Italianbucwheat; 07-19-10 at 10:13 AM.
Reason: average speed was KPH not MPH! Opps:)
Hi there...just read your post. I have been Racing the Road bike for several years now, Results are nothing to wright about. I also Live in Morris County, NJ and ride frequently with a group nearly every morning.
Where about do you live? I am really in Cedar Knolls but have a Morris Plains ZIP.
If your interested send me email @ email@example.com. The rides usually go through Denville and are about 22-30 miles.
I am BD shill. Actually My Dad is American and My Mom is European. Or maybe I am a stupid ass that forgot to calibrate his bike cpu correctly and therefore my MPH was actually in KPH. Or it could be my short stay at BF has made me an elitist already....I did go into Footlocker yesterday and asked for a size 45. I also fill my water bottles with Pelligrino. But I still got some american in me....I stopped at Mcdonalds after my ride yesterday. I ordered a