A bicycle built for…. Steph!

//A bicycle built for…. Steph!

A bicycle built for…. Steph!

I bought a bikeI bought a bike… I BOUGHT A BIKE! For those who know me, you probably saw this coming a mile away. For those who don’t, well, I’m sure you can relate to my desire to purchase a road bike and throw myself into tri training 100%, weighted against my hesitancy to invest money into something I’m not sure I’ll be doing over and over again. However, I must say that Saturday’s elements aside, I truly enjoyed biking in a way that I haven’t enjoyed a new exercise in quite some time (zumba anyone)? I am feeling pretty certain that I have a future as a duathlete if not a triathlete.

So, off to Action Wheels I went!

During the Cycling 101 seminar two weeks ago, Patty demonstrated with a bike that I fell in love with. Call me materialistic, but she was beautiful. All gleaming green and white, sleek and lightweight- a supermodel of sorts! All the specifics and technological aspects? Well that’s still a bit above me, but she sure was pretty. It must be fate, because the 1st bike they pulled when I went in this weekend was that bike. It practically had my name on it already! After several spins around the shop, I was officially in love (or lust, as even I admit, this was a bit quick). (Note to newbies: while test riding bikes at Action Wheels beware of the dumpster around back. It sneaks up on you). Patty assured me my new ride would allow me to keep up with the pack better (and by assuring me, she offered to buy the bike back if I felt otherwise, she was that confident). So, all smiles and giddy with excitement, I left Saturday with the promise to return the following week to pick up my new purchase.

And so I did. A bike, bottle rack, cadence computer, gloves and flat tire kit later, I left Action Wheels late yesterday with my bike tucked safely in the back of my car. She needs a name. Any suggestions?

I rode with my neighbor Laura this morning and it was great! According to my snazzy new computer, we clocked 12 miles in just under 50 minutes. Not too shabby. It was a bit colder than Saturday, but not nearly as windy and as promised, the bike was a lot easier to ride than the hybrid. Now I must reiterate, I do not feel it necessary, nor am I suggesting all newbies run out immediately and purchase a bike for a triathlon. However, if you, like me, think that riding could become an ongoing habit (obsession?) than I do highly recommend heading on down to Action Wheels for a few test rides around the dumpster. It will be well worth it.


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  1. Ann Marie March 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Isn’t that AWESOME!!! I share your passion for new things and especially that bike!!! Boy oh Boy it didn’t take me too long to hop up to AW and get one for myself. I’ve never completed or attempted a triathlon but I’ve done a lot of riding BK (before kids). AW has a long reputation of good service and quality…..over 25 years. I don’t have a name for mine either, my mountain bike came with a name “Chameleon” and I kept it, this one didn’t come with a name. But you should name it how you feel while you are riding, (i.e.Lightning or Rocket). Enjoy it and I’ll see you on the road.

  2. Stephanie March 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Ann Marie, Thanks for the note and for the name suggestions. I was toying around with Lighting McQueen, but my new bike is green/white, not red and I’m not sure I’m like lighting on it just yet. Look forward to seeing you on a future group ride!

  3. Kim Gaskell March 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hey Stephanie, I just recently joined the MHWTC and am looking forward to joining the team in June (I am returning to America after three years in Thailand). I was wondering a couple things: 1) what kind of bike did you get? 2) Does action wheels let you rent at all? Since I arrive in America on June 20, I won’t have a bike yet for the tri on June 25th.

    Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your journey and joining with you in June. Keep up the great work!!

    Kim G

  4. Stephanie March 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for your comment. Very cool that you will be able to make it back to the US for the 1st triathlon in Mullica Hill!

    I bought a Specialized Dolce Elite. Love it! The best thing about Action Wheels is how knowledgeable they are and the various price ranges they have. I am unsure if they rent, but might be worth a phone call to further investigate. Their # is 856.468.5115.

    Good luck and see you in June! Thanks for reading!

  5. Kim Gaskell March 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for the info! Happy Training! 🙂

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