Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Wednesday Wheels

When I bought my bike back in June, I intended to use it for recreational/cross-training purposes. I had no idea that a few short weeks later, I would discover a new-found urge to see what this triathlon business was all about. I certainly never thought I would complete a sprint duathlon, a "give-it-a-tri" triathlon and a sprint triathlon [coming up this weekend!] this summer.



As it turns out, I like it even more than I thought I would! (I know, a lot of you are thinking: Told ya so!)

Now that I find myself planning a 70.3 event or two for next year and potentially something bigger down the road (again, many of you are thinking: Told ya so!) I definitely need to upgrade my ride.




I can definitely hustle on my hybrid, but I'm excited to see what I can do on a bike that's made to go fast and far.
 
So, I am officially in the market for a tri bike and overwhelmed (but excited!) by the decisions that lay ahead. Let's go shopping!
 
Okay, I may have already been shopping for a few accessories...
 
 


Time to have some fun!

33 comments:

Susan said...

I'm getting very tempted to get a bike to try-a-tri next spring... any advice?

kristen said...

If you can- I'd suggest hanging on o your hybrid so that you can go for fun rides. I kind of wish I had a "cruiser" to go along with my road bike.

Enjoy the shopping! (and may be thinking about a 70.3 as well...hmmm)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Are you made out of money? LOL, I have the same things in the basement and can't justify a new bike!

tms said...

If you can hold out, there is a bicycle show in mid-October (http://www.bicycleshowtoronto.com/fallshow.html) where you can generally get some really good deals. Pretty much every significant bike shop in the GTA will be there, and they are trying to dump their inventory before the winter so the discounts can be significant. Only downside is that the good deals go very quickly, so you really want to be there when they open on the first day.

Also, with a Tri bike I'd strongly suggest shopping around and don't rely on any one store. Fit can vary widely between different makes, and many stores will only carry one line of Tri bikes. Test ride a few different makes if you can (any decent store will allow you to if they've got one built up in your size). If you can, make sure that you visit Endurosport (Leaside) and Wheels of Bloor (High Park) as they are generally more Triathlon focused than other shops in the GTA (and hence carry a wider range of models).

FYI if you do want to get something before the end of the season, IIRC Wheels had a great deal on a Cervelo P1 for $1500 last time I was down there.

J said...

OMG IF you do an ironman I so want to come and spectate and cheer you on! I have no idea about bikes so I am no help there but sounds like fun!

Heather said...

:) So exciting! I agree with trying to hang on to your hybrid. I still use my hybrid quite a bit because I have the baby seat on it. Also, when my mom or someone visits it is nice to have an extra bike so we can go out on rides together. Happy shopping!

J said...

AHHHH!! I am SOO in for 2013! Maybe I can talk Brian into doing it too! He has always wanted to do a Ironman. Then Ill have two people to cheer for! oh my gosh I am so excited!

Jason said...

Told Ya So

That is all

Anna B said...

Come party with me and IronDiva at REV3TRI Wisconsin Dells next August. DOOOOOO ITTTTTT.

Laura said...

Not surprised.at.all.
If you have any questions, you can certainly ask my hubs. He is Capt Reseach on bikes-as-he-has-bought-3-of-them-and-knows-more-about-them-than-his-own-wife-and-has-a-bike-other-drool-over. (apparently)

Lisa said...

very exciting that you are in the market for a new bike. at one point i thought i was going to buy a tri bike, but when i thought about how i wanted to use it (i like to do charity rides, and those tri bikes are discouraged in groups) and spent time with someone getting a bike fit, i realized that a carbon road bike better suited my needs. i love it! one of my friends ended up with a very expensive titanium road bike (similar reasons) and she jsut came back from olympic nationals. my only point being, keep your options open as you shop. :-)

MCM Mama said...

Jealous!! You'd laugh at me on my 15+ year old 10 speed that I ride to take the boys to school...

Robin said...

Woo hoo was waiting for that announcement. Happy bike shopping. I think you'll have a big cheering squad at your first ironman (cuz I'm sure that's right behind the 70.3)....

Teamarcia said...

Wow you outgrew your hybrid so quickly. Cannot wait to see you negotiate the tri-bike world. Now tell me what exactly is a bike computer? Clueless here.

dietitianontherun.com said...

Ha, I had a feeling you'd want the roadie bike soon! ;) You'll be amazed by the difference(s) once you test ride a few (test ride a LOT of them, there are so many options out there!). It's a fun, but slightly overwhelming process. Hope you find the "right" one soon!

Fair Weather Runner said...

ooooo, very exciting! can't wait to see which IM races you pick. have fun finding that bike! my husband has that same trainer, he loves it.

trifitmom said...

welcome to the addiction

lindsay said...

Sellout.

Oh, and I told you so.

Hi to Maurk.

Jess said...

This is one more reason for me to avoid tris. All that gear intimidates, not excites, me. But good luck finding a good bike-fit!

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

I knew this day would come!! I am actually shocked it took this long for you to "tri" it out!! Happy bike shopping!!

Deb said...

Awesome! I'm not surprised at all that you're looking, and this time of year is a good time to get some deals...

It was just a matter of time. You're FAST on your hybrid, so you'll be even faster on the tri bike.

I second the person that said you should still keep the hybrid, but you probably already know that. After all, the ideal number of bikes to own is 1 more then you currently own...

destination262 said...

Yay for another new bike!! I'm excited to see what you end up with! :)

ajh said...

Wow! You are going from a hybrid to a tri bike. You deserve it though. YOu have put in the time and shown what you can do on that bike. I cannot imagine you on a tri. I also (who just got my bike) plan to get a new one but I am going to a road bike. I put so many miles in and made riding such a major part of my summer that I want to be able to go even farther and faster next summer.

Jill said...

You'll be super wicked fast on a tri bike - you will be amazed! Can't wait to see what you get! So glad you are loving the tris, a nice break in the marathon training routine!

Char said...

Why am I not surprised that you wouldn't be content to just dabble your toes in the triathlon pool. You're the 'jump in and get soaking wet' sort of girl. Good luck with choosing your bike. My only advice is choose a fast colour.

Nicole said...

I need to see what this risky business is all about!!!!

Joanna said...

I think we all suspected this was a possibility. And you know what? I'm thrilled for you! Can't wait to see what lies ahead :)

H Love said...

Have you crossed over? Am I dabling with the dark side??

Denise said...

hook, line and sinker!!

Emz said...

IM Marlene. Would be sooo sweet.
Hope your ankle is ok!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

my jealousy runnith over... seriously I want a bike trainer! I enjoy the bike but the cars here scare me so much, people are always getting hit.

so cool you have found something else that you love so much!!

Katie said...

Oooh, I also currently have a very serious case of tri bike lust. AWESOME!

Leana said...

Yeah!!!!! So excited to hear that you are shopping for a new bike!

PS - I'm so not surprised!!