I’m about to register for the MS 150 which means fund raising and lots of hours in the saddle. Good thing I like cycling !
So far I’ve learned that a fitting is a must and so is proper clothing when you are out in 40 deg temps for 2-3 hours. I’m trying out different foot wear in an attempt to keep my tootsies warm – so far “socks” from Gore coupled with toe covers and wool sock liners worked “ok” in 40 degrees. I have a better quality shoe “cover” that I’ll try with my winter grade Smart Wool socks soon. My Brooks running tights work fine for cycling. I also picked up a Gore jacket with removable sleeves. it’s actually too warm in the upper 40’s – unless it is raining and in the 40’s… then it will get soaked after a while but you will stay warm. I also love my Gore skull cap – goes over my head but under my helmet. Absolutely works wet or dry.
I haven’t done anything interesting to the bike – just had adjustments made, replaced the stem, handlebars and seat. That has eliminated all back, knee and neck pain. Still working on the hands.
Endurance wise I can do 35 mi at 15mph which is a good starting point.