newbie from philly
just found the site today, been reading for the past hour and i had to sign up. lots of great info here.
i started mountain biking last year, but this spring i really want to get a road bike and do some long distance rides.
can't wait for spring to actually get here, though...sick of all the cold wet rain and cloudy skies. i need the sun!!!
Welcome. Don't buy the first roadbike you try. Usually on roadbikes you spend much more time in the saddle than you do on a mtb and fit becomes extremely important. Numb hands, numb feet, aching thighs, stiff neck, sore shoulders, sore butt are all signs of a bike that is not made for you. Ride several and rely upon a good bike fit expert to help you decide on the perfect bike for you.
Kelly Drive Amateur
Hi - another newbie from Philly here. Nice to see your post.
David's the name, I just switched from a hybrid to a Schwinn Voyageur touring road bike. I'm a bike commuter that likes doing Kelly Drive and Valley Green when I get the chance, and am looking foward to doing some light touring at some point.
Haven't been to Philly since the early 70's. Glad you here.
jabike - thanks for the advice on finding the right road bike. i'm still looking...i have to admit that i saw the orbea vuelta in an LBS and fell in love, but i haven't gone back to that store on purpose. i need to find the right bike, not based on looks or name but on how it feels. (and the price has to be right, too...)
boogs - i ride in valley green all the time! usually i am on the upper trails trying to conquer my fears of jagged rocks and nappy roots! i've done the loop from northwestern to the art museum a number of times. it's a great ride. i personally think that valley green is one of the few redeeming qualities of philly.
webist - pretty sure not much has changed here since the 70's.