Well, it's friday and I'm finished with my first week of commuting...here's life's lessons from a newbie!
1) Changing a flat is an ESSENTIAL skill that you should know before you actually need it!
2) Tire pressure isn't just good advice...it's also ESSENTIAL (especially for a big guy).
3) When you loose pressure from a flat...sometimes you don't really know until you take a corner!
4) No matter how bad a fall is....it's amazing on how quickly you can pop back up in hopes that nobody sees you! lol.
5) Commuting to work makes you real humble and appreciative of respectful drivers (I made sure to thank every driver that waited until I passed to pull out!)
6) Riding on sidewalks at 15-20 mph isn't just dangerous for pedestrians....those raised segments can wreck havoc on a tire!
7) Handpumps work great...but good gawd are they tiring to get to 115 psi!
8) Those tight biker shorts don't look nearly as goofy as I once thought...I now am daydreaming of owning a pair! (my poor bottom!)
9) Cadence for "strong" guys isn't as important as I once thought (on Monday I wanted to stay in the 70-75 rpm range...today I stayed in the 65 rpm and beat my weeks time by a minute. I'm a bigger guy that can go at slower rpm's but produce more watts of power).
10) A stationary bike does NOT fully prepare you for the real thing!
Bonus) Commuting ROCKS! I loved it! I'm just dreading the snow!
And as some of my numbers up there show....I had two flats this week. The first one I had around 90-95 psi. I heard a sort of pop that I just "thought" was me running over a rock. I was fine until I took a corner (luckily I was back at work after my workout and I was going reeeeal slow). Anyway, I bit it quick but popped up within a fraction of a second. Luckily I didn't break any skin, so it was a "great" crash if there's such a thing. My second flat was from me traveling on a 1 mile section of heavily traveled road on the sidewalk (this is the only portion that I take the sidewalk on). Anyway, I am going pretty nice and hit a raised section of sidewalk...I hear that same "rock" sound but am more cautious this time...I look down and my tire seems a bit low. I actually get off this time and fix it. From now on...I'm just going to travel on the road for that one mile.
Thanks for everyone that gave me your 2 cents! I love telling people that I ride to work. They always do a double take like I'm from another planet. I guess it's just not normal in my group of friends!