Whew.

I’ve tackled lots of work today. Thinking about going for a bike ride now…

UPDATE: The bike ride was amazing. I rode a route that I have only ever done once before in my life as it’s pretty challenging (for me). Hills are hard for me! I have a hybrid bike and have been thinking about investing in a decent road bike. Would they truly make the hills easier? I have no need to go faster. Going too fast actually scares me a bit. However, I would really like for hills to be easier and to get more power with my pedals so that I can go farther and for a longer period of time. Anyone know much about bike riding?

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Shane

    Yes – a road bike will be much better for covering larger distances faster and with less (relative) effort. If you don’t go faster you can just use less effort.

    The only downsides to a road bike is that the wheels are more fragile (only really matters if you’re riding on really pot-holed roads or poor bike paths) and you will have a more “folded over” sitting position.

    You should go to a few local bike shops (not wal-marts or equivalent) and see what the staff have to say. Pick one with friendly staff that don’t mind answering your questions without being condescending, have a few test rides and see what you think.

    Having more than one bike is an option too! My 2BR apartment has 4 bikes (2 for me, 2 for my wife) ;-)

    Feel free to email me if you need help.

  • Shane

    Yes – a road bike will be much better for covering larger distances faster and with less (relative) effort. If you don’t go faster you can just use less effort.

    The only downsides to a road bike is that the wheels are more fragile (only really matters if you’re riding on really pot-holed roads or poor bike paths) and you will have a more “folded over” sitting position.

    You should go to a few local bike shops (not wal-marts or equivalent) and see what the staff have to say. Pick one with friendly staff that don’t mind answering your questions without being condescending, have a few test rides and see what you think.

    Having more than one bike is an option too! My 2BR apartment has 4 bikes (2 for me, 2 for my wife) ;-)

    Feel free to email me if you need help.

  • Debby

    This is very helpful. Thanks, Shane! I think I will be more persistent poking around the local bike shops and see what my options are for road bikes. My hybrid is fine for tooling around town but, man, those hills are hard to take!!!

  • Debby

    This is very helpful. Thanks, Shane! I think I will be more persistent poking around the local bike shops and see what my options are for road bikes. My hybrid is fine for tooling around town but, man, those hills are hard to take!!!