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first road ride:(8 posts)

first road ride:colker
Aug 16, 2001 9:13 AM
some things i noticed. first: i don't have legs, i'm a wuss. i live on the slopes of a small, tiny mountain pass. so, i have to climb... but i can't. not on the gearing i have. i guess it's 39-53/ 11-23. my bike is slightly heavy too. heavier than my mountain bike with a marzochi bomber. well... cheap, strong and heavy.
second: i don't have brakes.. how do i stop this thing? i could tell a long joke while the bike gets to stop. scary...
any tips? thanks
TipsMB1
Aug 16, 2001 9:31 AM
Low cost fixes in order of bang for the buck;

Kool Stop brand salmon colored brake pads can really make a difference.

Change your cassette to the widest your derailleur will accept.

Lighter tires. Stock tires are usually marginal, get some folding high pressure tires.

Most bang for the buck? Ride more.

Keep the rubber side down.
Thankscolker
Aug 16, 2001 9:36 AM
i'll look for those parts. it feels really good right now, after the ride. i'll keep doin it.
Another suggestionPaulCL
Aug 16, 2001 11:01 AM
Find a friend to ride with. Nothing like a friend, or competitor, urging you on. Also, riding friends have lots of extra parts in their basement, garage,etc...that they might like to share with a new rider.
i could use some extra parts!colker
Aug 16, 2001 1:03 PM
i don't live in the us and there's not a lot of lbs around. i have shimnano on the bike while campy is the norm here. i'll probably meet people on this route to the mountains. people with forgiving gears on their bikes.
re: first road ride:Hank
Aug 16, 2001 6:54 PM
you are a wuss. Put a 12-25 on there if you have to. But no triples!

what's wrong with the brakes? Aren't they 105 or something?

Think how much better this is going to make you on the mtb.
re: first road ride:colker
Aug 17, 2001 5:09 AM
shimano 600. the rims are anodized black and all new(campy omega v); the black anodizing could be the cause for the poor braking. it'll wear in.
fit is good with a 12cm stem and a not too low handlebar, slightly small. could even throw a 13cm stem on it.
try this...keith m.
Aug 17, 2001 5:50 AM
get a 12-27 rear cog. Then after you gain some strength, switch to a 12-25 like Hank suggested. When you go up the hills, sit and spin in an easy gear until your almost at the top. Then shift up one or probably two gears (so it's harder) and stand and power your way over the last part of the hill. You should learn some intervals to do once or twice a week to build strength as well. Carry on!