Poor Chicken Face.
The money-saving optimist in him thought that I would be able to do an Ironman with my old bike. Sure it’s still a good bike, but I don’t think the ol’ black and white was made with an Ironman, let alone Ironman training, in mind. Sorry, babe.
In my quest for a new bike, I reassured him that I would find a bike that was under my budget ($1,500) and it would be some killer deal. It was time to unleash my inner extreme couponing craziness.
Here is what I was looking for:
- A quality, reputable triathlon bike
- Lifetime warranty
- Good deal
- Good fit
As you can see, I wasn’t looking for anything fancy. I’m a beginner triathlete and dropping money on carbon frames or fancy shifters is just unnecessary. Priorities people! Also, if you’re looking for the difference between a road bike and a tri bike, I won’t pretend to know what I’m talking about and instead point you to this article.
Search after search, I started to fear that my budget might force me into something along the likes of a Wal-Mart Huffy bike. Why are these things so damn expensive?! But then there was a break in the clouds and the bike gods offered up a deal I couldn’t resists. One of my running club’s sponsors, Livermore Cyclery, offered a club-only clearance deal on 2011 models and I knew this was my opportunity. Enter my new baby:
The Trek Speed Concept 2.5
If you’re really interested, you can see all of the specs here.
But I’m sure what you’re really wondering is what I paid for it (why don’t bloggers ever give the real details?). I got the bike for $1,300 (retails for $2,200) and it included an hour fitting (usually a $100 value).
Eric and Livermore Cyclery actually ended up spending two days, probably two hours each time fitting the bike perfectly to me, which was the most invaluable part. He answered all of my questions and made bike shopping/fitting a really great and welcoming experience. Plus, he didn’t laugh at any of my newbie questions!
This is my post long ride look: gross hair, no make-up, Hello Kitty slipper socks and my Harvard track and field t-shirt. I like the look on people’s face when they ask me, “Whoa! You ran track and field at Harvard?” I just smile and nod. Suckers. Update: I did not go to Harvard, I just bought the shirt at the book store!
I still have a lot of work to do to get comfortable with the aero bars, but if you can’t already tell, I’m madly in love.
I just need to think of a name. Any ideas?