I've ridden mountain bikes a lot when I was younger, but primarily just for fun. I was never serious about it. But now I am, for health reasons and the whole 'zen' experience of cruising down a smooth road (I like to meditate while riding, though this applies to skating or jogging too). I found some great bike trails and after attempting 100 miles on a mountain bike, I decided to just cough up the cash for a better bike.
A Litespeed Catalyst w/ campagnolo Chorus 9 speed Gruppo and Speedplay X2 pedals.. I don't really know anything else about the bike. It's in excellent shape.
Here are my questions:
What's the proper way to ride? The area between my index finger and thumb feel sore and ache after riding for awhile. This mainly happens on the left hand probably because I use the brakes on that side.
I've read that people w/ small hands prob wont like campys but I have big hands. It could just be because I'm not used to being in that position and etc. I've been in a state of atrophy for awhile.
What are some essentials I NEED to take along for long rides? Pump, inner tubes, basic first aid kit.. etc I'd like to remain as lightweight as possible, but I want to assume there are no bike shops around.
Update: I found my answer here: What do you use to carry 'stuff'...
Are there any guides on shifting ergo? I can reach everything fine and I seem to have the hang of it but I really have no reference and don't know if I should be doing things differently. The guide would also help me improve my hand posture on the handle bars.
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