As many of you know i am very new to the RB scene but i love it; the members here are fantastic although some have a super-dry wit (torqueless, lol) but generally this is a great forum with great guys who have immense technical knowledge.
I should say thanks to a few here - Ian, Tel, Leon, Torqueless, Dan to mention just a few and Will911 - a local RBer (local to Northern Ireland and me).
Tonight's query is unusual - as per my build thread (read the intro) -
I decided to get 'fit' by jumping on my old bike (the Rapide) but actually i didn't. I decided to rebuild it and i had bought a new bike to ride. This seems a good idea (it did to me) but in my rush to rebuild, i forgot to ride the new bike!!! I have fallen into a hole so deep and am surrounded with beautiful bike parts, i love DA and AX stuff - i have it all (almost all), gruppo Tricolour is very close, gruppo DA will be done this week - i love all that Shimano stuff - no apologies to the Campag faithful at all!
BUT ( i never worked out how to change font size) BUT!!!! i am not riding the bikes - too busy checking, polishing, building etc etc to ride the bikes. I think that (and i might be wrong - which is unusual) that a lot of guys here - not all, and defo not all members, like the bikes from their youth and want them now - NOW that they can actually afford them - and the bits etc. they spend all their time building and not riding - just like me!!!
I am not abusing those people, because that is me - you do anything but actually ride the bloody bike!!!! This is like an addiction - to the bikes but no to riding them. Perhaps you can see where this is going ...
I want to ride my bikes - not my Rapide but the new bike. My question is a long one, so i will make points and hope someone replies - or more than one.
1. How do i start riding again after 25 + years?
2. What distance should i travel?
3. Should i worry about cadence (a new concept to me)?
4. My new bike is low geared compared to my old one - top 3 gears compare to bottom gears of my old bike - which is best~?
5. I have been out on the bikes for maybe 15 miles and was scared by the traffic - have things changed or have i?
6. I am not sure what i want, i do not expect to enter a TT again but i want my legs to carrry me to wherever i want - how do i achieve this?
This is a long post, apologies to those who are bored now, but i would like some advice as to how to restart my cycling - especially this bit - short distances - fast OR longer distances at my own pace? Links to any site which would help would be appreciated.
I realise this post rambles a bit, but i think that it may reflect a lot of peoples thoughts and worries and i am not afraid to raise them here - hoping that others will get some support from it.
Thanks to everyone who actuallly reads this to this point, any advice is really appreciated and i think that the MODS should take a look at any advice with the intention of saving it for other people/members to read.
Is RB a bike riders forum or a bike restorers forum? I think it is both and i love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (well, not really LOL) But if you have got to here, you may have grasped what i mean!!!
On a final note, i should add that i was never an Olympic contender etc. but i was good enough, i was never, ever, scared on a bike but last week i was - a roundabout where i watched a driver - who was watching me - just drive on at me!! This scared me, my priorities in life have changed over 25 years and i don't want to be hurt or killed by some ***er anymore - i think that in my younger days, this would not have worried me as much as this did.
I had a fast motorbike for a while in the 90's and i am used to car drivers trying to kill me, but on a bicycle i was genuinely scared - no speed to get out of trouble and no run off. Being honest about it, after that scare, if there was a track near me, i would be ****ing quick on it as the roads are too dangerous where i live. I better add, i am not a woss (pronounced wooosss) or similar, but i have commitments like most people and cycling, as much as i love it, is not a commitment.
On a final, final point, to clarify this whole post, where do i start again?
Thanks (in anticipation) to all who read this, and to those who respond to it,
p.s my motorbike was killed following a 130mph crash where the bike suffered as much as i did