I can say this: There is little similarity in riding a 1960’s style cruiser and a 2004 road bike. I need some hints before I do great bodily damage to myself.
I have done less than 5 miles on the new bike, so I know many issues will go away with time. However I do have a question or two.
How do you get the second foot into the toe clip? I can now manage to get the first foot in, shove off and get under way – but I simply cannot get the other foot in. So I ride around with the strap scraping the pavement.
This will probably get better as I gain confidence, but I seem to have trouble riding a straight line – particularly at slower speeds. Also I have the same problem when I grab the drops at any speed. Am I fighting the bike with my upper body?
One more while I’m at it. Say I have to slow down approaching a side street. I then make the 90* (not literally of course) left turn. However there is danger lurking on the left side of the road. I seem to really have trouble controlling the bike – trying to miss the offroad danger yet staying out of the middle of the street.
This is the first bike I have ridden where I can’t reach the ground from the saddle, but I’m getting the hang of that. I did manage to fall over on my very first start.
Hints, tips, etc. will be appreciated.
P.S. I love the ride!