I am super nerdy because... after being in a cycling family for some 67 years I have decided to get on a bike. This all started when my Dad built my mom her first bike, she like riding so much while he fought in WWII that she purchased a Urago 5 speed and rode it to 3 Michigan State championships in 42, 43, & 44. What I saw growing up were all the scabs these bike riders had when they either hit the pavement or the ash fault and it seamed like a lot of pain to endure for a little reward so I didn't take up the sport. Instead I speed skated with the Wolverine Sports Club until I was 18 and was called to military duty during the Vietnam war which I served 4 tears. Now after 67 years I have decided to start riding a road bike only because my Grandson has shown interest in it so became a Special Olympics certified cycling coach to help him achieve his goals. This year he competed in his first Special Olympics and took 2 Gold medals in the 3 K in 7 min 15 sec and 5 K in 12 min 18 sec road races on a mountain bike so we are looking into 2 GT Gtr Series 2 road bikes to purchase here in Feb/Mar time frame for the upcoming season so we can take some time off those distances. We are also looking into riding in the 10 K unified race this year so I will be able to ride with him. Besides this I like to fly fish and visit our National Parks 34 to date and planning to see more this year. I didn't get the Series 2 bikes because for 2 of them it was out of my price range but I did get 2 of the Series 3 bikes. The one I got for myself I have been riding on the indoor trainer and it is doing well and I am learning all about how the shift system works so I can help my Grandson come up to speed when he get his March 23 for his birthday.
Knowing that these are not the top of the line derailleurs and that there are smoother one out there doesn't bother me at this point, I think the key here is to get the best out of them understanding how they work with the micro shift option while in the low sprocket to half shift so the chain will not rub on the front derailleur is key and it also makes shifting onto the high sprocket easier. Been on the bike now for about 200 miles and it is just starting to get broken in. Just joined the Genesee Wanders Bicycle Club out of Grand Blanc, MI and waiting for the weather to warm so OI can hit the road with them. They ride every day of the week but I only plan on taking the Sunday morning ride & Wednesday evening rides to start both are in the 40+ mile range then as things progress I will look at the others. Sound like a great group of cyclists with 182 members strong.
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