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Proud new owner of my first road bike

Old 07-12-11, 09:13 AM
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Proud new owner of my first road bike

I'm a newbie, so please be gentle on me guys.

Picked up my first road bike yesterday, '10 Specialized Allez Sport. Paid $570 for it, only had 50 miles on it and came with a seat bag, Shimano 105 pedals, spare tube and a Cateye 8 computer.



Went on my first ride evening and I was in for a rude awakening. I thought I was in decent shape but I was dropped hardcore by my buddy who's been riding for about 6 months now. It was a very hilly area so I don't feel so bad but I'm proud of myself for riding 22 miles on my first day. I also fell for the first time when my friend came to a quick stop and I didn't un-clip in time, never again! Did a morning ride this morning and did 14 miles. Pretty decent considering it was my first morning ride and I was by myself, need to find some other riders in the area once I get into better shape. Overall, I think I'm off to a good start. My gooch hurts like all hell but it seems to numb up once you get a couple of miles into the ride. The hardest part will be me changing my diet. I've decided to cut out my soda intake entirely and eliminating fast food when possible. I will be making my own lunches and dinners, and this morning before my ride I had breakfast for the first time in who knows how long.

I'll be updating this thread daily with my rides. Wish me luck fellas!
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Old 07-12-11, 09:23 AM
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Good luck and welcome to the madness. Don't forget to wave
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WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Welcome to the forum and here's your first trite bit of advice: Spend less time here and more time riding.

Here's you second bit of advice: If you haven't already buy cycling shorts and ditch the underwear. It will make a HUGE difference.
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Sounds like you hit all the high points more pictures will be needed, but aim the bike to the right so we can see the drivetrain and borrow a white garage door. Sounds like you got a great deal.
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Acclimation, my friend. Gz on your new ride!
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Congrats : )

It's a good idea to keep trying refinements to your position for a few months as you get used to the bike; big gains in comfort and efficiency can often be had.
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Rock on, great bike. Just so you know, giving up soda completely and drastically reducing fast food dropped me from 180 to 150 +/- a few, so good on ya! (oh, and the riding certainly doesn't hurt!)
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sounds like you got a pretty good deal man!!! nice ride!! I really like the fit of the Allez/Tarmac for me...

btw - lose the dork disc on the rear...
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Congrats on the new bike, nice score there! Have fun!
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Cool. Well that wasn't nice of him to take you on a hill ride for your first one . Keep at it and have fun. Funny thing is that I only drink soda when I get in trouble on the bike and am in danger of bonking.
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Cool. Well that wasn't nice of him to take you on a hill ride for your first one . Keep at it and have fun. Funny thing is that I only drink soda when I get in trouble on the bike and am in danger of bonking.
Interesting, care to elaborate? I think that would make me feel more sick.
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Originally Posted by Matt V View Post
Interesting, care to elaborate? I think that would make me feel more sick.
for the sugar.
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Originally Posted by garciawork View Post
Rock on, great bike. Just so you know, giving up soda completely and drastically reducing fast food dropped me from 180 to 150 +/- a few, so good on ya! (oh, and the riding certainly doesn't hurt!)
I did the very same thing but only cut out alcohol. I actually drank way more diet soda when I was in the 180's.

Nice bike Matt, it will serve well for years to come. Well...that is until you will feel the need (which is a want) to upgrade it in a few months!

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Old 07-12-11, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK View Post
for the sugar.
Exactly. I shake it up some to get ride of the fizz and then mix it with gatorade. We call it "rocket fuel" because it burns hot and heavy for a short while, but then you better be in orbit by the time it runs out.
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My gooch hurts like all hell but it seems to numb up once you get a couple of miles into the ride.
Welcome to the club...enjoy. And in that vein (pun intended) the above tells me you need a different saddle, one that fits you properly. You will still get some sits bone pain until you aclimate to the riding but you should NOT be going numb. That's a bad thing.
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Old 07-12-11, 11:02 AM
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I don't know if numb was a good word to use, it just isn't as tender after riding for a little while.
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I don't know if numb was a good word to use, it just isn't as tender after riding for a little while.

numbness is definitely bad. for really really really general reference, what size is the bike, and how tall are you?


again, definitely get rid of the numbness. what color is the area? pics would really help out.
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This sounds a lot like my story when I first started riding. Wait! It sounds a lot like everybody's story when they first started riding. Seriously! It's a very nice bike. Before you know it, you'll be as comfortable on it as you are on your couch watching TV. Enjoy the ride and get a second job so that you can afford to get all the nice things that go with cycling.
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Old 07-12-11, 11:24 PM
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Got my Pearl Izumi shorts, jersey and gloves in today from Amazon. Can't wait to test everything out tomorrow. Also picked these up, got tired of riding with my Oakley Scalpel's.



Customized them to match the bike. Black Iridium vented and VR28 Blue Iridium vented for the lenses.
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Congratz and welcome to road cycling. I recommend tracking mileage, it is a good way to give yourself a kick-in-the-butt if you start cycling.
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Nice bike. Sounds like you're off to a good start.
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Do you guys have any advice on food and morning riding? Yesterday I ate breakfast before hand but is it better to eat after the ride and just snack before?
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Nice bike, and nice glasses!
If your crotch is feeling tender or going numb, you may want to try tipping your saddle nose down a bit. It looks like it's pointing up right now.
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If your crotch is feeling tender or going numb, you may want to try tipping your saddle nose down a bit. It looks like it's pointing up right now.
That will just get you numb hands instead.

Level or slightly nose up saddle is the way to go but, more importantly good shorts and the correct saddle ftw.
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