Ahh I SO desperately want a new bike. I love my bike, but I had no idea I would ever start doing triathlons when I bought it. Since I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I bought the bike (besides ride it, duh) I went with a hybrid. Made perfect sense at the time. Actually, I would have bought it all over again if I was just planning to ride for general fitness.
However, riding for fitness and riding to keep up in a race are two entirely different things. After my triathlon last summer, I knew I would eventually need a new bike if I wanted to be serious about this. That, however, is not in the budget, and won’t be anytime soon.
[(My personal opinion–> when you’re a beginner, use whatever you have!! I still finished and LOVED it!!!) But I seriously did have people flying by me on the course say things like “Wow, you’re working twice as hard as the rest of us on that thing” and “Good for you for trying on that bike”.]
I decided I’d do whatever I could to improve the bike I have now.
The three easiest things you can do to make a bike more tri-friendly are:
1. Change the tires
2. Add clip on aero-bars
3. Get clipless pedals/shoes
Unfortunately #2 isn’t an option for me: I can’t attach clip on aero-bars to the type of handlebars I have. Even if I could figure out a way, the frame of my bike isn’t suited for riding in the aero position. I was majorly bummed when I found this out.
However that still leaves two things I can do to improve the bike I already own! I can easily change to smoother, less knobby tires. They won’t be as good for riding in rough areas, but they will generate less friction and slow the bike down less.
I can also get new pedals so I can wear clip-in shoes. I was nervous about putting too much money into my current bike instead of working to save for a new one. I went to the local bike shop today to talk to someone who might actually know what they’re talking about. I asked him if most road bikes come with clipless pedals on them, or if I’d have to buy new ones anyways. Verdict- I’d most likely have to get new ones anyways! So if I decide to go that route, I just need to make sure I keep in mind what I might want to do with them in the future.
It was really hard looking at all the pretty shiny bikes for sale!!
I highly suggest going to your local bike shop and asking tons of questions. It may seem intimidating, but that’s what they’re there for! (It can also be helpful to go to a bike store that has a bike performance shop- that means there’s definitely someone there that knows the ins and outs of bikes very, very well!!)
Apparently the theme of tonight’s dinner was Italian meets Asian. Dinner was leftovers from last night’s yummy Chicken Marsala. (I have to say microwaving it did it no favors. At least it was a quick dinner!) On the side I sautéed some bok choy in sesame oil with some garlic and ginger. I like the baby bok choy better- more greens!!
Do you have a bike? What kind?!