I bought a used Cannondale T700. It fits me according to my resident expert. It is now in the shop for a tune up, new tires, brake pads and an inspections. Even with aloof this, I am in a very good bike for short $$.
Looking for recommendations on saddles, helmets, gloves, etc.
I ride mostly paved trails on a mountain bike, so YMMV with a road bike, but I find a very good sports bra is a must, too.
I have a Terry woman-specific saddle, although I don't remember which one it is. It had great reviews online when I was shopping for a new saddle, but honestly, I don't love it. I don't hate it either. It's just not as comfortable as so many of the reviews claimed it would be. I do highly recommend getting a woman-specific saddle, though. That, and the shorts, makes a huge difference when riding.
I have heard with saddles that they are always somewhat uncomfortable until things get more calloused up. My SO rides on an older leather saddle that must be like riding a 2x4.
I hear the Terry saddles are good--what about yours don't you like?
It's not a bad saddle, at all. But it's probably not the best fit for me personally.
I wouldn't call myself a real bicyclist but I've been riding for about a year and I'm surrounded by pretty serious riders.
It seems like all of my friends have their favorite brands for shorts. I prefer chamois, but do have a couple of gels too. It just takes time to toughen "everything" up. Seriously, I almost couldn't get my leg over and off the bike the first couple of times.
The Giordana are good, and the Louie Garneau. But like Inconnu said - invest in good ones.
Get a computer so you can see how fast you're going, how far you've gone ... etc. it will help keep you motivated.
Try Competitive Cyclist for good prices on apparel.
Have fun Cat. I'll watch for photo updates.
I have the Terry saddle on the mountain bike, but a different (I believe bontrager) but still woman specific saddle on the road bike. It is wider than a man's saddle, and doesn't have those gaps in the middle. Men's road saddles in particular are hell.
Check out the Team Estrogen site - Female oriented cycling info and a good forum
Bicycling Magazine Forum - Lots of good guys and girls there - Tons of info.
Saddle will be specific to you more than likely. many women like the Terry saddle but my wife didn't. Work with a local shop that will let you try various saddles until you find one that fits you well. Give each one a few weeks unless it is immediately painful. The Trek Stores, and the Specialized dealers all have saddle programs.
Get some good shorts, the best you can afford, and avoid the gel padding. It feels good and comfy at first, but ends up bunching up in places it shouldn't. Shorts should be tight, and be worn with nothing underneath - Invest in some chamois creme - it sounds a little gross, but friction is your enemy.
After you get comfortable on the bike, invest in some real cycling shoes with the clips and the pedals to match. They are a little intimidating at first, but once you use them you will appreciate the advantage you gain.
Give yourself some time to get fit and find some local groups to ride with, its much more fun and safer than riding alone. Take some spin classes to help your fitness. Much more fun and safer than riding alone.
If you have specific questions, post them, someone will have the answer.
I have an old Kokanee that I call the Frankenbike. It has paperboy handlebars from an old beater (I don't like scrunching my neck) and a saddle from a previous 5-speed that really fits me. It has old school springs and I'll be sad when it goes...
And yeah, expect those bones to hurt the first few times!
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Clipless pedals are your friend- practice in the grass.
Gloves are handy so your hands don't slip and for wiping away snot.
GOOD shorts- pay 100-150 bucks for them.
Most of all have fun!!
I'm so happy to see so many cyclists on here answering questions.
Madhatters. More Ddays than birthdays, at this point.
My advice is get a good helmet- you only have one head if you're lucky
Multi famam, conscientiam, pauci verentur.
Most bike shops run periodic fix a flat classes for the uninitiated... Most are geared to the new and female rider. Your Local Bike Shop (LBS) is a wealth of information. If you don't want to wait for a class, just stop in and ask them - 9 times out of 10 they will show you how to do it.
speaking of Giro, Giro d' Italia starts tomorrow,well technically today.
I like Giro helmet when I have to wear one.
In my "mother" voice - Which is ALWAYS!!!!
In college I did not have a car so my bike was my main mode of transportation. There was a river bike path from my apartment to college (how awesome was that!) and I will never forget the story about the girl that was just straddling her bike - not even moving and she got unbalanced and hit her head on the ground and things were pretty darn bad - you don't have to be going fast or anything - just the distance from the top of your head to the ground can do some nasty damage.
Whatever you do, don't get a Lithia 143 saddle...this is what came with my new bike, and I've never experienced such pain in my life. (and I've been an avid cyclist since I was a kid.) I swapped it with the gel seat from my mountain bike, which really helps on long rides, but doesn't look anywhere near as cool...
Absolutely never buy cotton padded bike shorts....I learned this the hard way. Seemed like a good idea, but trust me, it's not. Buy some reasonably priced wicking shorts, and toss them after the season.
I don't bother with gloves...don't like the funny tan lines I get on long rides. Just use really good handlebar tape.
Always buy Continental tires...they're practically indestructible, and almost never get flats.
I'm not a big fan of clipless pedals...especially if you ride in a city.
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