> I'm slowly learning to ride; at this point one big problem is
> lack of condition. I can ride around the block, with several remounts,
> but it leaves me huffing and puffing.
It get's better the more you practice. The more you ride the fitter you
get and the more efficient your riding becomes. When I first started I
could ride perhaps 100 yards and then i was knackered and fell off.
About a month ago I did a ride along side bike riders and if I'd been
realy going for it I reckon I could have beaten most of them cause they
were unfit. Pure and simple. As it was I had to wiat for Duncan Castling
and his daughter. I was on a 20" but they were riding 26"'s Duncan was
fine but Lisa was on her first long ride with a 26" so we were going
Anyway, the point is that I am now able to ride further than I used to
due to practice..
> But now that I can handle this (still short) distance, I have a new
> big problem. The inside of my thighs gets chafed, and yesterday
> when I got home I discovered I'd broken the skin and have a ***-looking
> boo-boo. Maybe I won't ride today to get a headstart on healing.
Ouch, that hurt's don't it..
Been there and done that, get some padded cycling shorts fast. If you
get a set of good quality ones they'll give the most protection - it's
worth it. Were them under a pair of light cotton shorts and you'll find
that this should rlieve the problem. Jeans are the worst thing to ride
in as the material is loose weave comparatively, you get the friction of
the matterial and the wind get's through and chapps your leggs if it's
windy. Also it's ***y cold when it rains..
If you really want to wear jeans then things to look for are:
1: Make sure that the join of the two leg and crotch seams is not big
and nobbly where you are going to be sitting on it..VERY painful...
2: Look for a very fine weave with small threads instead of the thicker
heavy jeans you get.
3: Get ones with thin legs and big deep pockets..
I'd still go for the shorts if I were you..