Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bike Shopping!

I stopped by the local bike shop to get a bike for training...and I thought these cruiser bikes looks nice and comfy!
There was a beautiful lime green one....
But the nice man, told me, maybe I should get a different bike for Tri's?!

I will be is all a bit overwhelming!

Running is so simple!
Buy a pair of shoes, or not, and then run!
That's it!

This is a whole new experience!
He told me there was a lady with a used Tri bike, and it was my size.
So I can't wait to get the info, so I can tap into the LARGE amount of knowledge on the blogsphere....and see if it is a good deal!

And then I have to buy stuff...all kinds of stuff....
helmet, shoes, clothes, bottles....UNBELIEVABLE!

I did go to a cycling class yesterday!

It was tough!!!!
Super Duper Tough!!!


Can't I just ride my bike?

So tell me....Is it difficult to learn all I need to learn?


  1. Just ride your bike and have fun. That's all you really need to know. :-)

  2. Definitely there is a LOT more to cycling than running! But find a "mentor" if you can and there's a lot to learn. Any group bike rides sponsored out of the bike shop? That's always a great place to stop for advice. Can't wait to see what you get! Remember, fit is the most important aspect to a new bike.

  3. I agree just ride and have fun, thats what it is all about.

    Do you have a bike at all right now?

    I do not suggest a tri bike as you first bike. I suggest a road bike and if you fall in love with the sport, a tri bike down the road. But lets see what she has, maybe it is a road bike.

  4. It's not difficult, it's fun! I remember when I joined the cycling world... it was great!

  5. I'm so jealous- I really want to get a new bike (right now I have a mtn bike and my BF is making an electric bike but I would LOVE to have a road bike). I know it's overwhelming but you will be so happy once you get YOUR bike:)!! Good luck with the hunting.

  6. I totally had same feelings over the winter bike shopping...I actually hated I still need to learn basic bike repair / maintenence, another inconvenience! BUT now that I have it and have been on a few rides ITS WORTH IT!! -D

  7. Hi Sherri,
    Oh boy, there certainly are many different kinds of bikes! I would be so annoying...I would ask so many questions and most likely drive the sales person nuts:) I can't wait to see what you decide on! Good luck!

  8. How exciting that you're getting a new bike! Like Big Daddy, I would definitely start with a road bike, especially since you're just getting into the sport. Once you ride more, it will get easier and you'll grow to love it!

    There is a lot to learn and lots to buy, but there are great resources online and through blogging buddies that will help you along the way! When I first started in tris I was so overwhelmed. But, now I love them and I can not imagine not doing them. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try my best to help! :)

  9. No advice for you...but, admiration for your new goal :)

  10. I'm with Big Daddy. If you don't have a bike, I wouldn't get a tri bike to start. Especially if you do a group. Some groups wont let you ride with a tri bike (the bars are usually not draft legal-one reason we are not allowed to draft in races- and you tend to ride in a paceline even on casual rides). A road bike can also save you a little cash in general. Make sure you have it fitted too, nothing more miserable than being uncomfortable on you ride. Good luck!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    No, learning to bike isn't hard, but I'm with the others in that I don't know if I'd get a tri bike to start. It's a different fit than a regular road bike and one that takes a while to get used to. But, if you aren't familiar with a road bike, then maybe the adjustment to a tri bike wouldn't be a big deal! :) A bike is a bike. It's going to be good exercise and will help your running! :) If you have questions, let me know!

  12. Awesome! Can't wait to see what you get!

  13. Suddenly I'm glad I'm only running at the moment with no other plans at all. Good luck with all the bike stuff and enjoy it. I'm sure you'll be fast on the bike soon.

  14. Can't wait to see what you get! You'll do great and no doubt have so much fun!!

  15. I am so intimidated by bike stuff. I just have a hybrid bike, but I'm planning on using it for a tri this summer. I'll probably get made fun of!

  16. whoooo hoooo! How exciting ... you'll be addicted like the rest of us in no time!

    Diesel had some very good advice about the bike!

    Feel free to ask me any questions when they arise!

  17. really for right now...SSB said it best. just get a good road bike and enjoy it for the moment;-)

  18. Sherri, don't let the salesman over sell. He sees dollars in his eyes. Is there a shop that will let you rent a bike. This way, you can try different styles before you buy. Good luck! :)

  19. I only have one bike, I do tri's on my road bike a Trek Madone carbon, I love riding and although I love tri's too I never want it to make my riding a burden. Most important have fun with it!

  20. Yes, biking is A LOT more expensive than running. Not as fun either, but tris are fun. I'd definitely go with the used but good shape road bike to start with, just add aerobars. And just bike and have fun, if it all becomes too technical and overwhelming you won't enjoy it as much and won't ride as much.

  21. There's so much more technical stuff to cycling than running...I wouldn't even know where to begin. I'd think a good road bike would be a start...

    Have a great weekend, enjoy the tulips :).