Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bike crazy

One thing I want to do this spring is get a new bike for training and racing. My current bike has served me pretty well for the last 8 years, but the fit has never been exactly right for me and it's not comfortable for long rides. I tried a Trek WSD (Women's Specific Design) bike once at a Danskin event, and it felt so good I didn't want to get off. I am thinking that because of my build (long legs, short torso, narrow shoulders) that this kind of bike might fit me better than the typical unisex (men's) fit.

I am a bit nervous about bike shopping. I have never been a gearhead, so I don't really know the terminology and am not sure I'll be able to get a good deal. I probably feel about bike shopping the way a lot of other people would feel about shopping for a computer. I have been to bike shops where the salespeople make you feel like a jerk if you're not looking to spend at least $3000. I am thinking my upper limit on bike price would be $1500-2000.

I just want something that feels great when I ride it and will hold up well for long training sessions. I don't need the coolest and latest and greatest stuff, I just want a good, solid road bike that won't hold me back in a race.

Any advice or recommendations to share? Post them in the comments.

5 comments:

  1. These are awesome articles:
    http://www.teamestrogen.com/content/wsdBikes
    http://www.myra-simon.com/bike/whatbike.html

    This is an awesome site: http://www.velobella.org/blog/

    And spending $2k will get you a DELICIOUS bike! You would never need to spend more than that unless you're just trying to let people know you have it.

    Personally, I would look for an Orbea Aqua TTG ($1200), Giant Women's Avail (1 W about $1300) or, for less a Giant Women's Avail (3 W about $750)

    Or ANY Surly. Especially if it's custom.

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  2. Knowing nothing about bikes, the only thing I can offer is that if the salesperson makes you feel anything other than validated - go some place else!

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  3. I don't know ANYTHING about bikes, BUT I am happy you are looking into it! I am hoping you will share what you learn. I bet you will find something awesome!

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  4. A lot of women love Terry bikes.
    Personally, I love my Bianchi Eros.

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  5. I know A LOT about bikes! Ask me! Ask me!

    The primary differences on women-specific designs are usually shorter top tube length and narrower handlebars. So with narrow shoulders and a short torso, that should be just about right. Of course, arm length is also going to be a factor.

    DM me on Twitter @trihardist and I will answer all your questions!

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