So I got a road bike. Years of spinning and a single duathlon later, I’m now posing as a cyclist. My husband very kindly picked out a nice bicycle for me and with the help of the Cycle to Work Scheme, I purchased and picked up my new ride earlier this week. The easiest way to get it home was to ride it. But I was nervous. The wheels are so skinny and London traffic is crazy. But I mustered up some courage, put on my helmet and went for it. How hard could it be? It’s just a bike!
I found a quiet side street and took a little test ride. It was so wobbly and weird!! It’s not like a normal bike at all and I felt as unsure as when I took my training wheels off for the first time as a child. Everything is different. The way you sit, the way the handle bars are. The brakes. The gears. I was so awkward!
I managed to make it back to our flat without issue but my heart was racing the whole time and I fiercely rode the brakes on every downhill and my hands hurt from gripping the handle bars so tightly. I definitely have some learning to do before my next duathlon: The Dragon Slayer on 8 May. Nope, not intimidated at all.
I haven’t been new at something for a long time so I thought I’d look up a few tips on how to ride a road bike. And like most things, the internet is full of people with lots of advice, not all of it good. I mean, the author of this article sounds like a total jerk. I’m glad the commenters seem to agree with me. I read the whole thing and thought, wow, if you were trying to make me NEVER want to ride my bike, you did a great job. Apparently if I have the wrong kit or get grease on my leg, everyone will laugh at me. And god forbid I leave the reflectors on my bike!
I hope to get out a few times before my race. It’s a bigger, longer race than the last one, but I’m hoping to finish strong. Besides, it can’t be worse than riding a hybrid into gale force winds like last time!
Any tips from seasoned cyclists out there?