So far, I have been loving my new bike. I really miss running, but I'm really enjoying the freedom of my new ride and being outside enjoying the fresh air again. However, there are a number of goals I've now set for myself for this summer, in relation to bike riding. Any advice you experienced bikers can bige me on how to achieve these goals would be greatly appreciated :)
1. Keeping balanced- this one seems like a no brainer, but after almost falling multiple times, I'm realizing that I sort of suck in the balance department. I'm thinking core strength will help with this?
2. Taking one (or both) hands off the steering wheel- This goes along with balance. Obviously, if I ever want to ride in traffic, I'll need to be able to lift at least one hand to make traffic signals. Right now any attempts to free up a hand leave me tipsy.
3. Standing while Pedaling- I see people do this, and it looks effective for hills and the like, but, again, I end up almost falling over...
4. Embracing hills- Right now, both up and downhills cause problems. On serious uphills I lose momentum and have to jump off before I fall. Downhills freak me out because I'm afraid of losing control.
5. Getting up to doing 20 or so miles a day- I did a bit over 10 yesterday with relative ease, but would like to do some significant mileage so that I'm getting really good workouts.
6. Not getting the sore butt- Seriously...any advice here? This grown up hard bike seat isn't too comfy, and I"m wondering if this is something that will improve with time, or if I need a seat pad thing or something....
Even with all these goals, I'm still enjoying just getting out there. I've ridden sunday, monday, and tuesday, for a collective total of around 24 miles over the 3 days. Monday was the most exciting, as Ed and I went to Nisene after my super long class day (8:30-5:30). He ran while I did my first real trail with the bike. It was total firetrails, which should have been easy, but I almost flew off at one point after hitting a dip in the trail. Seriously, I was very close to ending up 50 ft down a ravine. On a firetrail. I need to practice this biking thing a lot more!
Anyways, let me know any bike advice you all out there might have :D