This weekend, despite the government almost shutting down (if that had happened I would not have been able to purchase this bike) and me being on the verge of strep throat, we made our way to our favorite bike shop here in Spokane, Fitness Fanatics.
After me asking our “go-to bike guy” a million stupid questions about bikes, and him asking me a million questions about what I will be doing exactly while I’m on the bike, we came to the conclusion that I should get a tri bike instead of a road bike. I know a lot of you tweeters were probably thinking the same thing!!
I was a little apprehensive at first since a tri bike was REALLY foreign to me but Fitness Fanatics made a good point:
- If you are just going to do sprints, olympics, and century rides for fun, get a road bike.
- If you (meaning me) are going to be doing two half ironmans plus a full this year with the prospect of doing more ironmans in the future, get a tri bike. And that is what I did.
I’m really excited that I won’t be looking like an amateur anymore. This is how I looked last year during my Half Ironman with NO aerobars!! Those 56 miles SUCKED. I’ve had this bike for 6 years, and I feel like I’ve earned the right to upgrade. It has served me very well and has taken many beatings and falls. I plan on selling it to a friend who is just embarking on her triathlon journey since she only has a mountain bike.
Bring in my new Felt B16. It is in the shop right now having the aerobars sized to my specifications, and I go in Tuesday for my customized fitting.
I do need your help with something though. I’ve never named a bike before, and that seems to be the “thing to do” when you get a new tri bike. All of my suggestions are pretty lame.
So, in appreciation for one of you naming my bike, I will send you something tri/running related (dependent on the sport you participate in). I don’t know quite what it is yet, but it will be good!! The contest ends Thursday at 6pm PST, and I will pick a winner then!!!
Get to naming!! I need your help!!
Getting this badass looking bike also means I better start training hard on it. Yikes!