Is it possible to fall in love with two wheels and a carbon frame? If so, then I am SMITTEN.
When Coach Marni heard that I was planning to train and race on my old, beat-up Giant, she said, â€œYou really, really need to think about getting a new bike.â€ At first, I kind of brushed off the idea. You see, I have always believed that itâ€™s the legs, not the bike, that really matters.
But Marni explained to me that, despite numerous tune-ups over the year, my shifters and other parts were likely pretty worn down. Once she said that, I couldnâ€™t help but notice how long it took for my derailleur to gear changes. Sometimes, I have to hit the shifter twice to make something happen.
That was a few months ago. With the seed planted, I started to take on extra work projects, Craigslisted some unwanted furniture, and stopped eating out to try to find some extra cash. I saved enough to buy a reasonable bike, but I still hadnâ€™t completely warmed up to the idea.
The final straw was on last weekendâ€™s long ride. After two hours, I really started to notice how badly my bike fit. Old shifters? I can deal with that. I donâ€™t love it, but I can deal with it. I bought my Giant secondhand, and it never fit perfectly (itâ€™s an x-small and even at 5 foot 4, Iâ€™m a bit too tall for that). Although it didnâ€™t bother me a ton before, I think something mustâ€™ve shifted in my body after pregnancy; my lower back literally goes numb when Iâ€™m in the saddle for two long.
I walked into the store with a very firm budgetâ€¦ and I managed to spend less!
I snagged the Felt ZW5 for a little less than $1000. It pains to me to say this, but thatâ€™s actually an insane deal. And all it took was a quick ride around the parking lot to know that it was worth every single pretty penny. Itâ€™s lighter, more responsive, and â€“ most importantly â€“ much more comfortable than my old Giant. It weighs a mere 18 pounds â€“ less than Henry!
I havenâ€™t ridden her outside yet â€“ canâ€™t wait for tomorrow! â€“ but I did hook her up to my indoor trainer for a spin. SO MUCH BETTER. You know how I kind of dread cycling? And always lament itâ€™s my least favorite sport? I think I just hated the fit of my bike, not the actual act of cycling.
Goodbye, Giant! You were good to me, but itâ€™s time to say goodbye. You taught me how to shift gears with clip-in shoesâ€¦
Carried me through my very first of over a dozen triathlonsâ€¦
And even traveled across the country to ride 100 miles (!!!) in the hills of Napa Valley, California.
I hope I can find you a happy home with a shorter owner. (Iâ€™m selling her for $100, if anyone in Charlotte is interested.)
So, in conclusion, if youâ€™re looking to buy a new bike, now is apparently the time. So many good deals going on out there. And if you want to know more about buying a new or used bike, check out this post.