I am not racing, I just want to get here and there.
October 5, 2011 12:58 PM Subscribe
I find my road bike terrifying. Can you help?
posted by stormygrey to health & fitness (39 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a good decade or so not on a bike, I got a used Fiji Finest 3.0 road bike. I had it checked out and everything nice and adjusted to fit me at a great local bike shop. Problem is, I find it completely fucking terrifying. I feel like I merely turning my head makes me veer crazy off course, its just not a very "stable" ride. I really thought it was just me and my lack of recent bike experience.
Then I was on vacation at the beach and the beach house had a cruiser. Man! It was a dream! Granted, unlike Atlanta, it was pretty freakin flat. But, I rode a minimum of five miles and up to 15 miles every day I was there and it was AWESOME!
I get home and ride to a festival, and bam!, terrified. I feel like I have to concentrate so much on staying upright and in a straight line that I can't enjoy just riding. Boo.
Is there a fix for this? Slightly larger tires (is this super expensive w/ new wheels and all too?), different handle bar shape?, fatter seat? I don't want to buy a hybrid, but I guess I will if I have to. I just want to be happy on my bike.