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Name My Bike!!

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.

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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. Β Yikes!

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  • Erica April 11, 2011, 12:31 pm

    whoop! Its so sweet looking. Do you want like a person name? Like Harry? or just a descriptive name? I think perseverance would be a good name and very fitting for you!
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    • Nicole April 11, 2011, 3:53 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure which one I like – a people name or a descriptive name. When I first saw it, I thought “Fred” but that doesn’t really strike fear into anyone, does it? haha

  • Sarah for Real April 11, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Oh and it’s pretty too! I love it when the thing that fits/works for you also happens to be super cute.

    Ok, I have one, probably lame suggestion. Off the top of my head, what about “Ivy”? For the green color. Plus you could call her Poison Ivy if she’s torturing you. It’s a little edgy and not really a person-name.

    I don’t think you should name it Gertrude or Sam or any actual person-name, that would be weird. Plus there’s always the chance of meeting someone and going, “Oh that’s my bike’s name!” That would be uber weird.

  • Spokane Al April 11, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I don’t really have an opinion on naming a bike. However, I do know that you cannot go wrong with the combination of a Felt bike and the great people at Fitness Fanatics.

    Rock on little sister.
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  • Ben April 11, 2011, 12:55 pm

    I agree with you, naming a bike is a challenge. I would have to name it “Black Beauty” I know that might not be the best name. But now have inspired me to name my own bike lol. I too am training for a HIM in September, and the butterfly’s are already starting to hit me

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 11, 2011, 1:34 pm

    How about naming it Matt πŸ˜‰
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  • lindsay April 11, 2011, 1:49 pm

    ahh, I almost got that felt! We would be bike twins!! i love it!
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  • Angela April 11, 2011, 2:30 pm

    It looks like a boy to me! I would name him Blaze! Reminds me of an American Gladiator’s name or something. It sounds fast too!
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  • Shannon April 11, 2011, 2:51 pm

    that’s one sexxxxxy bike. i have a few years before i upgrade myself, but there will (hopefully) be a time! how about stud? that way you can ride that stud… lol. dutchess, warrior, insanity, mack, hammer, black lightening, rocket… might want to ride it a few times first to see what fits!!
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  • Kara April 11, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I would name it Spartacus. Why? I don’t know. It looks like a Spartacus to me. πŸ™‚
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  • natalie April 11, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Name-wise, I’d opt for Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom.

    Non-human wise, I’d go for Boyfriend. Granted, that might ruffle feathers, but maybe your Husband would think it’s funny πŸ˜‰
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  • Katy April 11, 2011, 5:47 pm

    SWOON. I have a road bike — a nice Trek — and don’t need a real tri bike…but a girl can dream!

    Mine is called Sugar — because I wear Pearl Izumi Sugar Shorts and thought it was fitting. πŸ™‚ Plus, she has pink tape on the handlebars, so she’s definitely a girl.

    Hmmm…for you, I’d say — Lulu? The first long-distance triathlon event was in Honolulu, so it could be a cute tribute. Maybe too much like Mama Pea, though. Hanna, like Hanna-lulu?

    • Erin @ Until You Tri April 12, 2011, 10:21 am

      I have a Trek, too! I love ‘er! She’s done me good over the past couple of years (and even a bad spill). As much as I want an upgrade, I will be sad whenever that day does actually come:/.

  • Sean @ Learn Fitness April 11, 2011, 5:48 pm

    I say name it Kermit … he’s made of “felt” and you have a touch of green in your bike. Come on, awesome name am I right? πŸ˜‰
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  • Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve April 11, 2011, 5:51 pm

    My bike’s name is “Sweetness.” Sweetness would *not* mind being a namesake. Other than that, I would suggest naming your bike after your favorite scientist. That is why my cat’s name is Wallace (Alfred Russel Wallace).
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  • Beth April 11, 2011, 6:00 pm

    That bike is SWEET!!! You are going to love it for those super long rides!
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  • Little Miss Runshine April 11, 2011, 6:09 pm

    So exciting that you got a new bike! I’m definitely going to have to read up on your blog (I’m a new follower) I just signed up for my first tri….a half ironman haha. But I plan on doing a sprint or two in between to get the transitions down and such.

    Anyway. I am looking forward to seeing what your new bikes name is! I will have to come up for one for mine!!!

  • Zoey April 11, 2011, 6:38 pm

    I have an Orbea and named “her” Obi. I have a Honda Fit and named “her” Fifi… see the trend? so for your Felt, I would suggest “Fiona” or maybe “Franky” or what about “Freedom”?

    But I have to admit, I really like the suggestion for Kermit!

  • Jess @ THIR April 11, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I think it definitely needs a tough name. And, starting with either F or B.
    I have a Giant Avail (Avalina, named after a lady at work) and a Giant Trinity (called Tyson).

    It’s definitely a boy bike. He looks too tough to be a chick (You know, unless you roll with something like Xena….)

    I think…. Falcon because it’s cool. Not really a people name, but totally a predator.
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  • Carrie Symes April 12, 2011, 7:50 am

    How lucky are you!!! That looks like a really great bike!!! When I first saw the pics I though Trinity! Tri-ing with Trinity!
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  • Beth April 12, 2011, 8:26 am

    FLO JO….fast.

  • Erin @ Until You Tri April 12, 2011, 10:39 am

    Wow, nice bike!! It looks great and that’s a pretty decent price (the one on the web site, anyway:) for a full carbon tri bike. I am jealous! I’ve been drooling over tri bikes, but I can’t decide whether it would be worth it for me, since I mostly do sprints/oympics (I’m training for my first half ironman now).

    Hmm, I haven’t named my bike, either, and I am not great at thinking of names:). Also, do you think the bike should have a male or female name? I refer to my bike as a “she” for some reason:).

    Uhhhm, gosh, this is hard. These suggestions will all be lame. “Foxy” (ie, Foxy Lady)? The Mean Green Geek Machine? Hahaha. My only other thought would be that there’s gotta be a cool name of a city in Germany you and your husband lived in or the name of where you met or somewhere like that that would be cool?

    Haha, okay, that’s all I got:) Good luck!!
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  • Amber April 12, 2011, 6:42 pm

    The Green Thunder! What a beautiful bike!!! I didn’t even try a Felt before I bought my bike! But, boy does that make me jealous of you! Did you decide if you are doing the Boise 70.3?

    • Nicole April 12, 2011, 9:29 pm

      I think I’m going to do just Troika and the Grand Columbian half iron distances before IMAZ. Are you doing Boise?

  • Sarah April 12, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I’d name her Lil from the Beatles song Rocci raccoon. She had three names and this is a tri bike…

  • Toronto Girl West April 12, 2011, 9:36 pm

    She is lovely (your bike)!!! And I think her name should be “Irene the Ironman bike!” πŸ˜‰

    BTW – I’m down with naming things like bikes and cars . . . my Mazda3 is called Raquel in the Rockies! lol
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    • Nicole April 13, 2011, 6:56 am

      haha. I love the name of your Mazda!!

  • Wanda April 13, 2011, 11:22 am

    Geek mobile! (geek for short)

    Love the new bike!

  • Marisa April 13, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I’d go for something German…Hans or Deiter or Kaiser.

  • Jacquelyn April 14, 2011, 12:12 am

    Debbie Harry, cause she’s a a rockstar!!!

  • Jason April 14, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I think you should stick to the “geek” theme and name it like Newton or Pi or maybe Helix…..or my favorite Pythagoras!!


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