9.09.2010

Bike Porn

Isn't that bike to the left hot (well, what we can see of it, anyhow)?  Ooh, that would look so fun with lime green bar tape...or maybe red or blue or...orange.  Orange has worked well for me, thus far.

I already have a perfectly nice bike...is it wrong to ogle other bikes? I don't think so. I love my bike.  But, in hind sight, I wish I'd gone with more aggressive geometry from the get-go.  My bike is nearly a year old and my first road bike.  I played it safe by going with a "comfort" frame.  The only real reason I lust after a new bike is to have the geometry that suits me best.  I hemmed and hawed over the Cannondale Synapse vs. CAAD9.  Should have gone with the CAAD9 (and a men's frame, since I have a long torso and short legs--the opposite proportions suited to my women's specific frame, though the shorter-reach components on the women's frame are a better fit for my hands when shifting and braking)...but my Synapse is still awesome and will still serve me well for a few years. Flipping the stem and moving some spacers has helped a fair amount.  Hindsight is 20/20.

Of course, my next bike will likely be a cyclocross frame. Next Fall I hope to get into some races. Plus that would be nice for hitting some sand/gravel backroads and not being limited to pavement. I'd also get some studded tires for Winter riding. Sure would be nice to not have to put in so many miles indoors on the trainer.

Cannondale has been slow to come out with official photos of their '11 models, but I've found a few online from various bike shows around the globe (the photo above is from a European show, I believe, so it's possible that that particular color way isn't even going to be produced...which would be a shame).  Cannondale will be producing both road and cyclocross versions of their CAAD10 frame, so I'd be eager to try the 'cross version.  If I ended up loving that it would be easy to purchase the road version without any qualms.

I've gotten out on my bike the last 2 days and have plans of a 45-50 miler tomorrow.  I think today finally ended our week-long string of endless wind.  I'm tired of riding in such blustery garbage.  The only benefit is it's a helluva workout going into it and the return trip with the wind at my back is fabulous!

Next week I officially start training for the Vegas Half Marathon in early Dec.  So I gotta get my biking fix as much as possible while the weather is still relatively nice and my running miles are low.  In another month I'll be logging more miles on-foot and the nice outdoor riding days will start to be fewer and further between.

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