While I am on my forced medical leave I have taken another bloggers advice to use this time for some research. Of course I am totally triathlon obsessed and while I cannot train hard right now I figured research was a great idea. So, I realized the one are I know nothing about yet is bicycles. On my initial Google search I now know and realize this is truly going to take some work.
Yes, I could probably go to a trusted store, get a bike, ride a bit and probably figure out some of the basics. But that is not how I operate. I have to understand what the parts are and how it all works. For me this is what puts it together and helps me in the long run progress in the sport/hobby. So on first pass I started seeing stuff about derailers, chainssets, forks (I can figure this one out pretty easy) and stuff I believe relates to breaks. I found tons of heated discussions on wheels, too many to even bother with for right now. I also found some sights that mentioned the basics of riding and switching gears, which totally flew over my head.
So, I decided there were multiple things I needed to learn and I needed to make a list since I really like lists. So here is how I am dividing my research:
- Gear and parts – what are all the parts of the bike and what do they do. High level, can learn more intricate levels later.
- What to buy – I have already started this, might help to understand above better first.
- Gear besides bike required for riding. clothing and non clothing.
- Where to ride – I am terrified of the roads around my house, where can I ride that might be safer for short and long rides.
- Financing – I want 6 months same as cash.
- How to ride – namely what is all this gear nonsense and how do I use it.
- How best to train and get better once I purchase a bike.
So that is my list of things I am trying to learn about bikes. Did I forget anything? Any suggestions on good information sites or books? Any must have or must anything suggestions?
Leave suggestions in comments please.
Til next time.