Hello there! every time I google anything related to cycling in Ireland, this board comes up, so I figured I would join up so I can ask my questions directly, like.
I'm planning on taking my Rothar ladies' hybrid on the wicklow 100/200 in June. (aiming for 200, but will be realistic about my abilities as the date approaches.)
I've been cycling for serious for only a month or so. Longest day trip was about 40 km, with a few hours of hiking in the middle, and the last 20 km directly into a strong wind. I try to get out in the saddle, work schedule permitting, every two or three days for two hours or so.
I know a road bike is better for long journeys on roads but I like the versatility of the hybrid, esp. for my work commute (5 km each way per day thru the Dublin city centre).
anyway, I want to get my bike fitted with a skinny saddle so that my hips don't sway when I pedal, and I also want toe clips. I want to go into a bike shop with friendly, helpful staff who will help me pick a good saddle that's not too pricey (I'm not getting a road bike at this juncture 'cause I can't afford it), and help me put it on the bike with the toe clips in a good riding position for long hauls. What is the best bike shop in the Dublin area for this?
closer to the date of the event I'll put skinnier wheels on the bike as well.
altho', I know nothing about bicycle maintenance or anything. soon enough I plan to take like one of those classes that rothar offers or something.
I'm only now fit for the first time in my life and I love it. I was a sickly child and a sickly teenager and a sickly college student. Finally I got diagnosed with coeliac and am healing from my sickliness. I started out walking for two or three hours a day, every day, around the city and to work etc. Then I graduated to the bicycle and I can't get enough. I joined leisurecycling.ie recently too! Starting to buy kit and stuff! next stop: lycra.
thanks for your responses!