Monday, October 01, 2007

Bike lust

For the first time, I actually rode a road bike yesterday. I've been thinking about them, browsing the catalogs, websites, and ebay, and generally wishing vaguely that one would just come into my life somehow. But I've always assumed that I'd have to spend real money to get something good - that the bottom of the line, $650 model just wouldn't do. But yesterday, with a little time to kill, I wandered into Berkshire Bike and Board, asking if they had any used road bikes. They had one, which was too big and not very nice, but the nice man brought out a Giant OCR3w (w = women's frame) - carbon fork, 21 (or maybe 24?) speeds, Tiagra shifters, pretty blue color. After a moment's hesitation, I climbed aboard for a quick ride and, WOW. What a difference. My ride now is a 1990 Trek Antelope mountain bike. It weighs about a thousand pounds. I knew that made it hard to lift, but I had no idea how much easier it is to ride up a hill when you're not dragging all the heavy bike with you. Those skinny tires... the easy quick shifting from any position....the riding position on the Giant is adjustable - I can start more upright and then lower the stem as I get more accustomed to the road bike position (and then I can replace it with a fixed stem to save more weight later.) The leg and foot positioning felt like it gave me way more power. And I was surprised at how comfortable I felt. I WANT IT! It's only $650... I know there is a way to make this bike happen for me by next season!

3 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I have a Giant OCR3w - That is what I raced on until this past weekend and is what I now use for commuting. It was my first road bike also. What a difference!!

I recently bought a full carbon LeMond that I'm now using for my 'long' rides and racing - mostly because it is more comfortable when I'm in the saddle for 40+miles. But I still like my Giant and can't/won't part with it!

Duane said...

Hope you get it!

LBTEPA said...

There IS a way to get a good bike (even if not this particular one) - and you'll find it! Ask EVERYONE you know if they have one unused in the garage for sale of semi-perm loan, raffle yourself off, put an ad in the paper, set up a reward system with husband to 'earn' it, get people to sponsor you....
You'll get it somehow!