Yesterday evening Randy suggested that we go buy the new bike. (Yes, he spoils me) I’ve wanted a carbon fiber bike for probably 4-5 years now. My current bike has a carbon fork and the rest is aluminum, so not terribly heavy, but it’s still a little heavier than I’d like it to be. We did some research a few weeks ago and decided on a road bike by Trek (I currently ride a Trek as well), and I got an email from the Trek store saying they were having a sale where if you bought a new bike, you got $200 of accessories/gear “free”. So we were on our way.
This bike, though there’s more pink on it than either Randy or I are particularly in love with, is beautiful. Without getting too much into the mechanics of it, (partly because I can’t explain very well) the design has a pretty great feature, and that is that the whole frame essentially absorbs the bumps and doesn’t transfer them to the rider. Riding it in the parking lot there aren’t tons of bumps, but there was a pretty good crack in the concrete. I went over it like it was nothing. The bike is called Silque, and it is seriously that smooth a ride. Randy facetiously joked around calling my current bike “The Tank”, and I’m only about 1/2 worried that I’m going to get so used to riding the new bike that I will dread the training rides while the new bike is in storage when I get past Albuquerque. I did think it was funny, though – the lady talking to me about it said, “You know, geometry has changed in the past 6 years, so this one is designed…” blah blah blah. All I could think was, um… geometry has changed??? Our understanding of geometry may have changed, but geometry doesn’t change. I really should have been listening more closely, but I got hung up on her changing geometry. lol.
The other thing that we splurged on is tubeless tires. I’m not 100% sure what this means, as they don’t appear to be, “run flat” tires, and you can get flats with these, but there are many pluses to going tubeless, and in the long run, I have spent more than the conversion in tubes. The guy in the store has run his tubeless for the past 5,000 miles without a flat, and that’s good enough for me, for sure. That will take a few days to install, and the Trek Store does a “fitting” of the bike so that you have the most comfortable ride, and I will pick it up Wednesday.
Tomorrow the weather forecast is heavy rain all day, so I’ve rescheduled my long ride for the week to tonight. I’ll go home from work and ride from there to the Payson Temple (46.5 miles or so). Pretty jazzed about that. Should be finishing just as it gets dark. Then Randy will pick me up and take me home. Did I mention he kind of spoils me?
As my dad used to say, Life is good, and I’m happy in it.