Hello all! New to the forums, mostly lurking in the road cycling forums. My name is Greg, I am 18, and just recently got into road cycling. I bought my bike from a friend of a friend for $20, I'm making the best out of what I have seeing that I don't really have the funds to purchase a decent entry-level bike. My bike is a GMC Denali 57cm, I haven't been putting any money into the bike seeing that it just isn't worth any sorts of upgrades.
I did however buy quite a bit of gear for cycling. Shorts, jersey, bike computer, clipless pedals, shoes, cleats, saddle bag, water bottle cage. I'm definitely new to cycling but I'm learning fast. Currently my longest ride was 32 miles, but I plan to go much further. My fastest sprint speed with my 30 pound monster is 33mph. Unfortunately the gearing sucks. 28/38/48 up front and 14-28T in the rear.
During a sprint last week my 14T cog exploded. Luckily it was a freewheel so my local shop only charged $13 for a whole new set of rear gears. I know my bike is ****ty, but I'm just enjoying the ride. My least favorite part of my bike is probably the gripshift, really wish I had brifters.
Here is a picture of my bike as well as the shattered cog!
Just riding this POS for the time being! I'm leaving for basic training in August for the US Air Force. I haven't booked a job yet but all of my listed jobs are either vehicle or helicopter maintenance. After getting through basic, I plan on picking up a decent entry level road bike. Something along the lines of a Specialized Allez Sport!
So hello! I hope to continue gaining massive amounts of knowledge here about my new found sport that I am enjoying very much.