I’ve been meaning to introduce you all to the newest member of my family:
Meet Pepper, my tri bike!
Isn’t she a beauty?
I started looking at triathlon bikes earlier this year after deciding I wanted to get into this wonderful sport, knowing my current bike, the Novara from REI just wasn’t going to cut it (speed wise). I went to the bike shop up the street from my apartment and found a Trek bike on clearance. The aero position almost felt natural, definitely more comfortable than my position on my road bike. Unfortunately, the Trek was just too big for me and the nice woman fitting me was very honest, saying, well “we can make it fit, but you don’t want to do that.” I really appreciated her honesty, and we left.
On a random Saturday after a bike ride and a trip to the farmer’s market, Tyler and I decided to just swing by Village Bicycles in Newport News just to take a look at what they had. That’s when I found my bike. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Connie, one of the employees, was more than a huge help. A triathlete herself, she knew what she was talking about and was more than supportive of my future tri goals.
After a few test rides–and finding an awesome place along the James River to ride–I decided on my bike:
A Felt B16W.
Luckily, we got a sweet deal on the bike because they were trying to sell it. It seemed as if tri bikes weren’t their best sellers and we definitely took advantage of that and got an additional amount off.
My Novara went to a good home, a coworker of Tyler’s who wants to get into triathlons, which makes me so happy!
A week later I went and got fitted, had a new seat put on and eventually had the aerobars cut down after I tested it out for a couple of weeks to make sure the fit was correct.
Since getting my bike, I have learned that my triceps need to get much stronger for longer rides, but I’m working on that with lifting at home, but I’ve also been riding much faster than usual. It is awesome and I can’t wait to see what I can do!
I look forward to many rides and races on Pepper!