Hi, all. I grew up loving to ride my bike. I had a fixed gear bike. Somewhere along the way, it got left behind in a move. Later, I bought a used bike that was a ten speed. I do think it needed a tune-up, because the gears were very hard to shift. My husband took care of that for me.
I was SO excited to be able to ride again. But I had SO much trouble. I tried a few times, and still could barely ride a mile. I came home so frustrated and exhausted.
In hindsight, I had NO clue how to use the gears, and I think I was in the upper gears, if not up at ten, the whole ride. So, I keep asking, I keep complaining about my bike. I think I have it figured out now. The left side has two settings- forward and back. That influences the right side, which has five. So if the left is forward, the right side is 1-5. If the left is back, the right side is 6-10. Right?
I still have trouble knowing when to shift, it all seems so mysterious to me. But now that I actually understand the gear shifts, I hope to have better luck riding. I should be able to stick to 2 or 3, MAYBE 4? The only trouble is that my last attempts and my difficulty getting answers that make sense to me have given me a lot of anxiety. I live in a neighborhood that's relatively flat. A ball would roll down the street, but you couldn't pop a clutch. I am relatively in shape, I think. I'm not obese, I can carry my 40lb toddler and finish an exercise video. The bike is the right size, balls of my feet on the ground. But just talking about going for a ride brings me to tears. This is not a normal level of anxiety for me.
My husband used to bike the MS 150, and he doesn't seem to "get" the trouble I'm having with a geared bike.
Do you think I'm capable of doing this?