My new Trek Speed Concept 7.0
Mike's new Felt B12
Meet the "fraternal twins"! Our friend Amber said that she felt like she was getting a niece and nephew yesterday since we were so excited about getting our new bikes, my bike is the unisex SC 7.0 so she actually got two new "nephews".
We went to the bike shop, Towpath Bike in Schoen Place in Pittsford (the same place we bought our clipless pedals), and met with the same guy, Eric, that we talked to on Monday when we just went to go look around.
On Monday we weren't sure if we wanted new road bikes or tri bikes, but we knew we were getting something. Eric showed us all of our options, and basically convinced Mike that he should get a tri bike. I was still on the fence, mainly because I was scared, but after a few people said it wouldn't be that big of a transition (I asked which was easier to pick up, using a time trial bike or clipless pedals, and I was told time trial bike) I decided to go the tri bike route too.
I knew immediately which bike I wanted: the Trek Speed Concept 7.0. I didn't like the women's color (a reddish orange) so I hoped that the unisex bike frame would fit me. The only difference between the two is the color and that the women's goes down to an extra small frame. Luckily, I fit the unisex small! Eric and Rob got me fitted on the bike and then I took it for a test ride.
I was freaking out to be honest. Eric told me to just ride and when I felt comfortable to go into aero to see how it felt. Luckily I didn't have to worry about clipping in and out too since he put on regular pedals for me to test it (I didn't want the added pressure while riding a new bike). I was able to ride on the canal path and although the first time I got into aero the bike wobbled a bit, I felt pretty good.
When I got back, Eric did some more fine tuning of the bike and Mike was out testing the Felt. When he got back we had a surprise, we saw Sarah, Mark and their dog Kiva! They were out for a run and knew we would be in the store looking at bikes. Mike decided to try a Trek bike too, just to see which he liked better, and we went out for another test ride.
In the end, I went with the Trek and Mike went with the Felt, but they are both solid bikes. So much lighter than our road bikes! It was amazing feeling the difference just pushing the bikes.
Eric and the gang put our clipless pedals on our bikes, convinced us we needed new bottle cages (to match the colors) and Mike got some orange tape on his bike (his favorite color).
I can't wait to take them out on a real ride and feel the difference! It is going to take some time to get used to riding in aero, but we can always ride in the bullhorns if we need to (and we'll still be more aerodynamic than we were on our road bikes).
Oh, and we got wetsuits yesterday too. I know, who am I, right? We may or may not use them at Musselman, it all depends on how warm the water is, but we will test them out next Friday (when I go back to work, ugh)!
Any new purchases in your life recently?