It had been a while and we decided the time was right, and so we are pleased to announce the newest member of our family.....
It's a B ike! Faked you out a little right? That was the plan. We're still planning on that 99% success rate :)
Here's the birth, I mean bike story. I've been on the same aluminum frame, 650 wheel converted road bike I started on 10 years ago in 2000.
I've come to a really competitive place I'm excited about, but get frustrated by my drop in placement on the bike leg. I make up for it on the run, but I just really believe I could gain that little edge a better fitting, bigger wheeled, lighter more aerodynamic bike could give me.
PowerTri helped me get into this sweet new ride- the Quintana Roo CD 0.1. After a little complication placing the order it got placed last week. We were told it could take weeks to clear customs, so when I walked into the shop a week after ordering to find this, I was a little giddy. Seriously, it was Christmas like excitement.
We've been busy putting a couple other bikes together and getting hoards of new 2010 stuff out on the floor, but Heath started on the setup that evening, with little convincing I might say.
The next day Jameson helped me finish it up. I think there was a wee bit of tension taken out on my seat post.
Scary feeling seeing him walk toward my carbon with a hacksaw!
This has been a learning experience for sure. I had no idea hacksaws were involved in this process, a process where we cringe if a wrench gets too close to the frame or there are too many fingerprints.
We did get it all together though and I loaded it in the back of the car more carefully than I even do the kids at times :)
We were in such a hurry to get it set up and ready because I wanted to take it down to ride the course with before and after the race. Racing on a real, fast bike will be fun too, no worries there.
I finally got a chance to ride it outside today, and oh man, I tell ya, Where has carbon been all my life!!
The ride on the saddle was SO smooth! Carbon fiber is a material that absorbs more road vibration, and oh man it's nice. I wasn't sure I'd notice, but I do.
Very excited to take it out on the course tomorrow and see how she does. I'm not expecting to see huge increases in speed, but am hoping for a lot more comfort than in previous rides which will translate to a stronger ride.