But. I still want a road bike. I'd like to place in the Tour de Donut without having to eat 11 donuts. I'd like to finish a century in fewer than 9 hours. I'd like to have the chance to see if I can ride as fast as people kept telling me I would if I had a road bike.
Well. Look what followed me home on Saturday. =)
|Please disregard our messy garage|
After over a year of watching Craigslist, calling about bikes and never hearing back, kind of giving up because I wouldn't feel confident buying without someone who knew what they were talking about along and it seems like with CL you needed to be there right then with cash in hand, watching my brother get a sweet road bike last summer, drooling over the impossibly priced (for me) bikes in the local bike shop...I had the good luck to make a friend who had a road bike for sale and was looking for more female ride partners.
So I have much more bike than I could afford new, and I'm thrilled. As soon as I could get away with it on Sunday, I took the bike out in our neighborhood. Figuring out the shifting took me a little bit, but once I knew what to do it was super easy. That little bitty seat had me pretty uncomfortable last night, but at least the areas that hurt are much smaller than with the big gel seat on the hybrid. And the bike just floats down the road.
I had planned to ride last night with my friends Judy and Vanessa, but I wasn't taking any chances with the rainy forecast. The weather has robbed me of way too many mountain bike rides already, I wasn't going to let it steal my first chance for a long ride on my new bike. I had taken off the day to help out at my son's school (incidentally, WAY more work than being in my own classroom, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world), so I had time in the afternoon to go for a ride.
I took the bike out on the local bike paths. They're flat and smooth and I figured they'd be a good, safe place to get used to the new positioning on the bike. I rode 18 miles, mostly alone execept for a couple near the end with a guy who drafted off me til I noticed him and then pulled alongside to talk. I guess now the topic is going to change from "you really need a road bike" to "you really need to get clipless pedals". I'm sold...I'm convinced...I just need to have the money for the shoes now. :) Always something.
As luck would have it (and I mean that sincerely), the weather held and I was able to ride with my friends after all. The tri club has a regular Tuesday night ride, but we met a little later than that due to schedules and it was just the three of us. That was fine for me. You know how change makes me nervous, doing things with new people makes me nervous....and doing new things with a lot of new people makes me nervous. Baby steps. We rode the club route but never met up with anyone else.
I did get to meet the Whiteside road hill, twice. It's a longish hill that starts out ok and gets steeper near the top. My first time up wasn't bad at all. The second time I started in too high a gear and then bottomed out on gears way too early. I never did get out of the saddle to climb, which maybe would have made it easier. That'll be something to experiment with next time. I must not have done too badly, though.
Hopefully it's good; I have my first race on it in just a few days. On Monday, I'm doing the Highland biathlon, a 5 mi run/15 mile bike. Can't wait to see how it goes. For now, I'm just basking in the glow of finally getting my new bike and having more people to ride with. It's not only easier to ride in a group, it's a lot more fun. And if crossing the road bike off my wish list made room at the bottom for a cross bike, we won't mention that yet to my husband. He's got to get used to the idea of three bikes in the garage before I spring the thought of a fourth on him.