A few weeks ago I started riding my bike again, it is a Huffy and I believe is considered a "mens" mountain bike.
Anyway, my goal is to participate in a sprint triathlon this summer (July). I really know nothing about cycling except what I did as a kid playing around and what was my main type of transportation before I started driving.
Anyway...is it ok to use a mountain bike for this sort of thing? I would like to get a new bike eventually, but I would like to stick with a mountain bike because I want to eventually ride on trails up in the mountains with my hubby.
Also, I have never really used the gears much, I don't think I have ever used a different gear other than '3' and '4'...I don't like to feel like my legs are swinging around uncontrolably. Is there a certain way to use the gears properly? Oh, and I don't think I have ever used the one on the left handle bar.
My brakes are also really bad, I have to use both like a block before I really want to stop because they don't do much for stopping...any advise on the maintenance of breaks?
Are there certain "rules of the road" that I should follow when riding my bike? I always stick to the sidewalk because I am afraid of getting run over by some crazy driver and I like to stick to the direction that lets me see the traffic coming at me.
I feel a bit clumsy on the bike right now since it has been a while. Any advice you can provide as far as ways to train on a bike for triathlons would be great. Right now I am just riding whatever distance I have planned for that day.
Thanks a head of time for all the great feedback!!