Been lurking for awhile. I went out finally and got a bike this week, a 2003 Giant Ranier. Sorry for the novel, but I'm stoked about getting back into an old hobby, a different variety this time.
Spec'ed as follows:
Marchozzi Bomber front end
Shimano Deore shifter
Shimano Deore LX gears
Easton EA70 bar
Avid disc brakes
The previous owner bought the bike new. Said he rode it a total of 10 times in 4 years. Was obviously well-maintained, and in great shape, always kept in-doors. He also threw in a helmet and a vehicle carrying rack because we had similar vehicles and his rack would fit my Jeep. Total purchase price, $200.
I felt I had gotten a great deal. I took the bike to an LBS the next morning and he confirmed by belief. The bike was as good as it looked.
So I bought a few necessary items to be prepared.....hydration backpack, tube, tire tool, multi-tool, chain lube, and a pair of baggy biking shorts. The bike had clipless pedals, but I didn't want to fight that learning curve just yet, so I replaced them with some Wellgo flats. I have not ridden a bike regularly since 1987, and back then it was a Bridgestone road bike.
Took it to a local trail in Baton Rouge, and had a blast. Bike got out from under me a couple of times. Had some hesitation over some of the obstacles and downhill parts. I'll overcome that as I get familiar with my equipment and gain confidence in my abilities. Had a wipeout at one point that left me spread eagle across the track, and I loved it. Got up, walked off the pain in my joints, wiped off my bloody hand, and got back at it. Made a mental note to buy some gloves so I don't cut my palms while breaking my falls again in the future Overall I think I was adequately prepared. Need to get a pump, as a tube is kinda worthless without one and bring a rag with me to wipe off the sweat that kept pouring in my eyes all day.
All in all, I had a great first day. I'm a bit sore, not from the fall, just the muscles in general. Want to take it out again tomorrow. I think I will, but on the Mississippi River levee, a nice flat ride.
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