Steve Wagner, Published March 25 2012
Options open with new workout components
Patiently, a guy at the shop explained the differences between some of the various models, and encouraged me to ride some before making a purchase. Dressed in work clothes, I decided it might be best to come back another day, at least when I had a different pair of shoes to slip on.
When I arrived home, I fired up my laptop to do some research. Was the bike I was looking at worth it? Or should I step up another model, even though I really didn’t ask questions about it, because it offered some better components such as higher-end gearing.
And a few friends who know a lot more about cycling than me kept telling me, “Components make a huge difference.”
So the next day I found myself back in the shop looking at a bike that received rave reviews, particularly for entry-level road cyclists. This might be just the one for me.
Another guy at the shop patiently answered my questions, many of which showed just how little I know about cycling and bikes. And then it came time for a test ride.
Quickly I found myself at the end of the block, taking a right turn and then pedaling. The fear I anticipated from riding on those skinny tires was immediately replaced by exhilaration. “So now I know why cyclists love this sport,” I muttered, having gone less than a half mile. And the help from the local bike shop put me at ease and comfortable with the purchase.
The distant memory of a 13-mile ride on a mountain bike through the city a few years ago became all that much more comical to me. That ride with a friend came after running 16 miles earlier in the day, and pushing the heavy mountain bike around for the equivalent of a half marathon left me sore for days. And it discouraged me from pursuing the idea of cycling.
Now I find myself equally excited to cycle and run. Maybe a sprint triathlon is in my future?
Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer Editor Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.