I've been riding on the road seriously for a few years now. When I got my first road bike in 2003 I wasn't very clued up. I rode it and enjoyed it, but didn't really know too much about bikes, cycling history and culture and training.
I realised recently that I've been through quite a rite of passage from newbie to well, experienced cyclist. Ok, so I can't tell you much about campagnolo bottom brackets but I can (and have) maintained or repaired or replaced every part of my dura ace equipped bike.
There are a few behaviours I have picked up along the way that are widely viewed as roadie-neurosies. Not because I knew about them and wanted to fit it, more that they developed independently over time, here are a few;
- No saddle bag. I carry everything in my middle back pocket that would be in my saddle bag. This is to keep my bike light and manoueverable, especially when out the saddle.
- Mega-Clean drivechain. My chain, chainrings and casette are indeed cleaner than my fridge. But squeaky chains are SO annoying when you're on a long ride. Not to mention having a chain snap on me for poor maintenance. it takes two ticks to do before every ride. Btw, I use a mix of pedro dry and finish line wet lube at this time of year. Finish line has a habit of going black so I wipe it down often.
- Multi-Layered Kit. When you noodle around or pump out junk miles you don't get that uncomfortable on the bike. Now I spend a lot of my time at a higher intensity I hate being too hot or too cold. Arm warmers, gilets, capes, knee warmers, tights, gloves, skull cap etc etc. I think more about this before a ride than the route and workout goals.
- Weather Obsessed. At any given day or night I can tell you exactly what the weather forecast is for the next 48 hours. And I don't mind the wind now I have a power meter. Light rain is ok with my fantastic assos cape and shoe covers. But heavy rain - that's a deal breaker.
- Driver Hating Road Bore. I have had so many bad experiences. On the whole most drivers (after all, I am one too) are considerate. Its just a small minority of petrol-heads, busy mums and OAPs that pay scant regard to the safety of other road users. Of course, I can now tell you which roads to target and which to avoid at any time of week, or even time of day!
Do my legs need shaving again?