I bet you are going to form a strong bond with that bike. I ride a 1984 Trek 460 that I bought at a thrift store in 2000 for $15. Since then, I've spent at least $2500 on upgrades. I've finally decided to invest in a lighter-weight bike for events, but I will still commute and do 80% of my training on my 30-year old, 23-pound Trek. She's pretty fast for a heavy gal.
Years ago, I picked up this snippet in Bicycling Magazine: "Never make fun of a Huffy. We all started out on one". Ride your hand-me-down bike with pride. When you switch to a "less embarrassing bike," it will be a lot lighter weight. But you will have gained a lot of strength from riding the hybrid. (I spent my first three years of skiing on old, straight skis. I learned how to actually turn the skis. When I switched to new, shaped skis - boy howdy! - I skied like a rock star. You'll have the same experience switching to a lighter bike.)
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Speaking from a cyclist's perspective, I hope you enjoy cycling enough to want to spend more time "in the saddle." Cyclists...ALL sports enthusiasts, really...can go on for hours about how much they love their chosen sport, but it's really a very personal choice, based on many different factors.
Personally, I struggle with the beating to my hips and knees that I experience when running or even walking...even on a treadmill. I'm out of commission for days after a session on the treadmill, and it became counterproductive for me to continue that pattern. When I tried bicycling...serious bicycling...I discovered that I could get an awesome cardio workout without the pounding to my hip and knee. I was overjoyed, and I just fell in love with bicycling and the fact that I didn't have to experience intense, crippling pain after a long ride. I'm still tired and sometimes I'm pretty sore, but always in a good, productive way.
Without going into much more detail, I have to add my opinion about bicycles...I believe that you truly get what you pay for. If you ever have a chance to try a "good" bicycle, chances are that you will appreciate bicycling much, much more. If possible, you should try several different types of bicycles - road, mountain, cyclocross, etc - to see which type of cycling suits you best. I, personally, love my road bicycle, but there are numerous opinions out there.
I hope you're able to meet your "secret goal," and I wish you the best of luck.
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I only learned how to ride a bike (yes, really!) about a month ago. This past weekend I biked 20+ kms for the first time on my first group ride with a bunch of hardcore triathletes. I've been running since 2007 and done 9 marathons but is my secret goal to try a duathlon in 2015, when I can get a less embarrassing bike. Right now my bike is a hybrid that I got for free from a friend, it's missing reflectors and has bent parts, etc but it works well enough.
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