Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Family Members

If you follow me on twitter and Instagram then you already know that Mike and I welcomed two new additions into our family yesterday!

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?

19 comments:

  1. You gut the newer version of my tri bike! Yay! :-)

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  2. Oooh Ooooh I forgot to tell you you should totally get the "Hard Luggage Rack"! I am a big fan of it... and you are totally more aero... ;-)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! We're going back soon to get more fine tuning done after riding and we might purchase some more accessories. We just went with the cages for now.

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  3. Your bike is so pretty! So is Mikes! I think your decision to get a tri bike was the best. You wan't to be an Ironwomen, after all. I can't wait to hear how the transition goes.

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  4. Awesome. You are going to love that bike. Aero take a little getting use to, but you will love it. Good luck. Bill

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  5. Check this out for your new bike. I love mine http://darkspeedworks.com/sp480D.htm

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  6. Wow. They're so pretty. How awesome for you to get such an upgrade. I can't wait to hear how different it is!

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  7. Ekkk, so exciting! Woohoo for new bikes! I'm very intersted to hear how you adapt to riding in aero. I've been psyching myself out about it, so I haven't practiced on my road bike. People do say it's a lot easier on a tri bike--please keep us posted! Also, which wetsuit did you get? #Trigeek. :)

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    1. Haha! We both got the Zoot Z Force 2.0 sleeveless wetsuits :)

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  8. I think you have the newer version of mine!!!! I bet you didn't fall off the first time! Lol! Congratulations!

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  9. Nothing that awesome. Love your bikes!
    I really cant think of anything I bought lately besides food - I am so boring!

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  10. Congrats on your new bikes. That is really exciting. I'm pretty pleased with the road bike I have, but I don't dare even test drive a nicer bike as I don't want to want it. My latest purchase has been a lot of fun - Garmin 910xt.

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  11. Nice ride...next year hopefully for me. I got my wetsuit 2 weeks ago and have tried it twice. First time was rough but last night was much better. First tri of the season tomorrow, a sprint to warm up the tri muscles and I can't wait.

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  12. So freaking jealous! Those bikes look AMAZING. I cannot wait until after the wedding and such when I MAY have money to splurge on something new! :)

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  13. LOVE the color!! Congrats to you both on new babies :) I am browsing around used bikes so that I can learn to ride properly - I'm going with a basic olddd road bike since I'm pretty positive I'll be wiping out a few times!

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  14. Saweet! I wouldn't even know where to start to pick out a decent bike. Enjoy!

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  15. Yay! Congrats! Tri bikes are definitely worth the investment especially if you plan on sticking with the sport for the long haul. My only advice - make sure the saddle works for you or get a new one. I learned that lesson pretty quickly! My last triathlon related purchase was the Garmin 910xt. Super happy with it. Good luck with training!

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