Teach me how to bicycle!
June 7, 2014 9:50 AM Subscribe
I have just become the lucky recipient of two beautiful bicycles. One is a Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ mountain bike; one is a Greg LeMonde Alpe D'Huez road bike. My knowledge of bicycles is limited to pushing the pedals with my feet, thereby making the bicycle go. Help?
posted by sevensnowflakes to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to learn the 101-level stuff I need to learn to properly ride and care for these bikes. What are the best resources for this? What are the super basic things I need to cover first? For example: neither of these bikes has a kickstand. How do I store them? Where do I keep them?
Also, they have been in a (climate controlled) garage for several years. They have been taken to a bike shop to have pedals changed, but I'm not sure if a tune-up happened, or really, even what a bike tune-up entails. They need to be cleaned. How? Soap and water? Fairy magic? I don't want to ruin them.
The LeMonde feels tall - I am on my tiptoes when I sit on the seat. I presume I need to fit myself to this bike (actually, both of them) somehow. (1) Adjust (?) seat; (2) Position myself . . . on the bike? (3) ???????? (4) Profit?
Are you laughing at me yet? Yes, I am fully aware that I do not deserve the bounty of bicycle I have just inherited. Please help this total bike newbie achieve minimum competence. I would like to begin riding one of these as my primary method of transportation to and from work, but I feel like I probably ought to know basic things first.
Tips, detailed guides, books to purchase, all sources of information are welcomed.