I've gotten wonderful advice from this group from trying to decide to revive my 1977 Schwinn Traveler ( which I did) or get a new (which I also did) I also got great direction on hybrid vs road (went with a Giant Avail 2)
So now I have the inevitable beginner question....My butt hurts!
I chose the Avail because after test riding a Cannondale Synapse and Quick and not feeling comfortable, I test rode the Avail and found it much better suited for me. Got to ride it last Thurs for a little 12 mile jaunt with the family on a nearby trail, very easy, no hills. Just a little soreness nothing to bad. On Friday, I took another 12 mile ride, not realizing how bad the headwind was going to be coming back. (about 20mph gusts) I made it back, but it was a struggle. I found that since my bottom hurt enough from the day before, it was tough for me to move around the bike and find a better position.
I want to get over the sore rear problem as quickly as possible. What is the best way to do that? Ride a little bit as much as possible? Leave enough time between rides for my muscles to recover?
I just want to get over that stage as quickly as possible and I hope to be able to keep the seat I have now, and not rely on tons and tons of padding.
And yeah, a couple of times in that headwind, when I swear I was peddling and the bike wasn't moving...I thought why did I throw away so much money for this? But I made it (only walked the bike twice for a very short amount of time) and the feeling of accomplishment was worth the effort. Want to do it again. I'm just glad it was flat! Can't imagine doing that with hills!