13oots2 wrote:Finally managed to get out for a very short spin today, probably no more than 3km. I must be one of the most unfit people on VE, I have had 3 strokes, my knee is shot and I am in the process of giving up smoking, I also weigh about 18st. Having the saddle a bit too high added to my discomfort and am set to adjust it shortly, it also looks from the picture that the saddle is tilted up and will sort that out too.
The bike seems to be coping admirably and aside from a few spoke twangs on the front wheel, I had it trued yesterday, all seems well.
Both the bike and I are going to be a work in progress and have taken a shot of the bike before, I have added new pedals and saddle due to the junk that was on it. There is one glaring mistake in the picture and I only noticed after I got back from my short ride.
The point is you got out there and are doing it well done! Next time it will be a bit more and you can slowly build up. It is important to get you bike set up correctly especially with you knee, my local bike shop told me a good rule of thumb is to have your seat at belt height when standing next to the bike. Your seat does seem to be pointing up too which wont be comfortable either. I found the first 2 days quite painful on the butt but yesterday really was not a problem so after a few short trips things will get easier, but take it steady.
Nice looking bike too, I quite like the purple