Move over Blue, mama’s got a brand new ride.
I bought my current bike, Blue, four years ago this month (check out the old post from the archives!). I knew even less about bikes then than I do now, but I did know I wanted some sort of road bike to get me through an upcoming triathlon I had registered for. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, my dad found someone who built road bikes in their garage and was selling them for cheap on Craigslist. My dad was able to strike a deal and Blue was all mine.
Blue and I had a great run. She was a great beginner bike that carried me through a handful of triathlons and 70.3s. She was easy to ride, light to carry, and never gave me any major issues. She was a great road bike, but the time had come to move on to bigger and better things. With training for Ironman Florida looming in the not-so-distance future, it was time to upgrade to a lighter triathlon bike that I knew would carry me through 112 miles comfortably.
So long, Blue.
I wouldn’t worry too much about Blue, she’s already been promised to making an certain wannabe athlete’s triathlon dreams come true.
My friend Chris and I spent Sunday afternoon shopping for the bike that would hopefully help make me an Ironman. Chris knows what he’s doing (I do not) and was able to strike up a pretty good deal for a 2012 Felt B16 at Flying Fish, a local bike store in town. They didn’t have my particular size in the store we were in, but they could get it by Tuesday when the female fit specialist would be there. We left Sunday with plans to return Tuesday to talk to the specialist and hopefully come home with a bike.
When I showed up at the store this afternoon I had Blue and the rest of bike gear in hand. I met Sam (who was proudly supporting FSU apparel – Go Noles) and we discussed my previous cycling experience and plans for the future. The Flying Fish staff took ole Blue and immediately started measuring and adjusting. They made some initial adjustments to the B16 based on where Blue was and moved my pedals so I could clip in on the B16.
Sam initially was leading me outside to test the bike, but when I told her I had never ridden a TT bike before (or had even written in aerobar position), she gave me a quick lesson on the trainer (smart decision). The TT aerobar setup is a lot different than a road bike. For starters, the gear shifters are at the ends of the aerobars, but the breaks are still on the handles. You’re body is also shifted forward and you’re steering the bike more with your elbows than your hands.
I rode the trainer for a bit and Mike took some measurements and made other adjustments to get the right fit.
He was a wealth of knowledge on what degree your body should be at every angle and how you should feel. In the aero position you want your body to sort of drape over the handles as naturally as possible and your upper body should feel relaxed as your legs do all the heavy work.
Once he got a good fit, I took the B16 (I really need to name her – any ideas?) outside for a few laps of the parking lot. I couldn’t believe how light and smooth she felt – there really was a huge difference between her and Blue, I just wish I had more space to really take her for a long ride. Unfortunately it was rush hour and I didn’t trust myself riding in aero position for the first time on crowded roads. I was too new to the concept and felt shaky.
They had a couple of other bikes set aside to try, but I was pretty much sold on the Felt B16 the second I sat on it. We had sort of bonded on the trainer and in the parking lot and I couldn’t imagine going home without her. So I handed over my credit card and bought my new friend. Steal of a deal or not, it still hurt a little inside to sign a piece of paper for that high of a number. However, it will be worth it come November… I hope.
I can’t wait to take her out for a spin on the trail! As I get used to the position, I was instructed not to go longer than 20 miles for the first two weeks. After that I’ll bring her back in for a full fitting (and possibly a new seat).
What better way to celebrate a new triathlon bike than hanging out with a group of triathlon nerds?
I love this crazy group.
Okay, we weren’t really celebrating the new bike. We had more important things to toast to, like Stephanie entering a new age group!
Stephanie is officially thirty, flirty, and thriving! She’s pretty epically fabulous as well.
We met at Boca for drinks and dinner and Stephanie inspired my drink decision. (I stole a sip of hers and fell in love).
If you ever go to Boca, please order The Nelly. It’s so refreshing and fabulous.
The table started with a mix of appetizers.
And I ordered the Nor Cal Flatbread (chicken, artichokes, goat cheese, and spinach) for dinner.
Happy Birthday, Steph!
May all your birthday wishes come true!