Saturday, April 30, 2011

She’s a Beauty

I am in the market for a new bike. I am currently riding a 20 year old Specialized Allez that weighs 95 pounds and is a safety hazard. My birthday was over two months ago, and I was promised a new bike then, but I didn’t get around to shopping until today.

I have my sights set on this baby. The Trek Lexa SLX:

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She’s a beauty.

It is obviously not a tri-bike. I didn't want one of those, at least not yet. If I want, I can get it souped-up tri-style with aero-bars, seat change, etc. when the half ironman gets closer. It is a women’s design, aluminum frame (I know –not top of the line carbon, but what can I say? My pimp didn’t pay me this month and I’m running low on funds). It’s a great bike and comes in at about $1,300 which is do-able. Actually, with the sale going on now, it will be $1,100 with free maintenance, fittings and tune ups.

Seriously, if you could see the bike I am riding now, you would agree that anything is going to feel like a Cadillac in comparison. It is the equivalent of going from this:

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Then trying this:

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BTW, that thrown above goes for $12,000. Best place to take a shit on earth.

What kind of bike (or toilet) do you have? Is it a keeper?

Good luck to the love of my life, KEN, who will run his first marathon tomorrow.

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And, best possible vibes to my dear friend Julie is is participating in the 2011 USAT Duathlon National Championship in Tucson this morning. If she qualifies, she competes in Spain in September.

SUAR

51 comments:

  1. I have a specialized dolce elite & love it! So far Ive only swapped out for new pedals. Eventually I suppose I'll add more.

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  2. Orbea onix. Black and orange. Her name is Estela.

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  3. Love it!! How exciting for you!!

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  4. I have a daddy's special plumpboy neighborhood rider, and I have to admit that I do have that same Vietnamese squat toilet pictured above. We are saving for a sit down model.

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  5. Hi!
    Love that you're venturing back into the cycling realm. muy cool.

    A good road bike makes SUCH a difference I've found.

    I'm actually honing back on my tri adventures and investing more in my running...I'll def use the bike though for xtraining.

    happy wknd!

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  6. Walmart el cheapo bike.

    I remember those squatty type toilet.... ARGH! Can't just squat and read a magazine while you take a dump.....

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  7. I have too many bikes. :)

    With the terrain for your 70.3, using a road bike is not out of the question. I'm using a road bike for Rev3 Quassy. The most important thing is that you are comfortable. Might want to consider a fitting.

    Can't help in the throne dept. Others, I'm sure, can help with the tiara when that decision is to be made.

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  8. I just got a new bike too! For my first triathlon, I bought a 12 year old "frankenbike"(old giant ocr frame w/many parts swapped from other old bikes)on craigslist. It had a tri set up with bullhorn bars and shifters on the aerobar ends. I had never ridden a road bike before, much less a tri bike. I think I rode in the same gear for 2 months before I had the guts to lift my hand over to the aerobars to shift. I did 5 more triathlons on that beast. My new ride is a 2009 Jamis Ventura Race Femme. Not at all fancy but, I got it on clearance for $800! I love it.

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  9. That looks like a nice bike! Good luck with the purchase.

    After spending a year in China, I saw the first toilet photo and thought, "Not bad! And there's toilet paper!" That's nicer than the toilets in a couple of hotel rooms that we stayed in recently. The other throne is pretty luxurious. Where do they sell those? I wonder if that's a scented candle.

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  10. I am in the process of looking for a new bike also. I think I am going to go with a hybrid since they are much cheaper. I am looking to do triathlons with mine and some trail riding. Best of luck in your bike search!

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  11. I have a Trek Madone WSD. In two years, I've put > 10,000 miles on it. I LOVE IT.

    I'll be doing a 70.3 in September on my trusty road bike. I've been riding it with aerobars since last spring (mostly because it's effing windy in Illinois).

    Enjoy your sharp new ride!

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  12. Nice looking bike, you should totally win with that.

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  13. Go, KEN!!!!!!

    Will he be fueling with pork rinds and cheetos? Hydrating with Coors Light? Will you be cheering him on dressed in green bikini? Are there words to describe his excitement?

    Why is it that I am totally drawn into the toilet pics and not so concerned with your wish-wheels? LOL As you will see in an upcoming post of my own, I have a thing for 'cans.'

    That bike sounds SWEET. My own sounds like the shitty older cousin of your current bike. I hope you get it :) You certainly will use it and definitely deserve a fine set of wheels!

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  14. I have last years Trek WSD 1.2 and from what I can tell it's the equivalent to this years Lexa S. I LOVE my Trek. It's light and fast. The only thing I changed out on it was some SPD-SL pedals. I am thinking of moving up next year and if I do, I will stay with Trek. I am really happy with the fit and finish.

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  15. I got one of the REI Novarra mountain bikes a couple years ago, and still love the thing. 1) It's green, 2) the low gearing makes going up hills easy, 3) I can ride it on trains, which is way harder than I expected 4) It was $300. That last bit was a selling point. Over $1000 on a bike is not where I am in life. :)

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  16. Um... I can ride on TRAILS. Not trains. I haven't tried to ride on trains yet.

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  17. Bikes can be insanely expensive. $1100 is a bargain expecially with the free tune ups and fitting. I have a Trek 2000 that I bought on ebay for $300. Not the best bike in the world aluminum also - whatever - and is probably about 10 years old. It is perfect for me. Especially by the time I christened it by falling over with my feet still clipped in - had I done that on an expensive bike I would have cried.

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  18. I have a Trek Madone and it is a WSD; it's like riding on a lazy boy. Best money I have ever spent.

    She looks like a good bike! I hope it works for you. We need to meet up for a few ride this summer, once I get my knee straightened out. Jill is riding a lot these days too!

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  19. Good luck to your husband tomorrow!

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  20. Good luck to Ken!

    I have $$$ down at my local bike shop on a 2010 Specialized Allez triple (sale cause it was from last year.) I can't WAIT to take that bad boy out because I'm currently on a mountain bike. I had my eye on the Lexa series before I actually bought the Allez - I think you're going to love it!

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  21. Have a GREAT run, Ken!!!

    I know nothing about bikes, so I'll stay mute on that issue... my brother is trying to convince me to cycle but I don't need to start anything else that costs money!

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  22. I have a women's fit Felt bike that I LOVE. And to be honest, I have an aluminum frame with only a few carbon parts (the front and back fork), and I still feel like I'm floating sometimes compared to my old mountain bike! So I'm sure your new bike will feel similar!

    Good luck to Ken tomorrow - coming from your family, I'm sure he's going to do great!

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  23. I have a Specialized Ruby Comp, triple. I love it!!!

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  24. GET OUT!

    GO FREAKING KEN!

    Love the candle on the throne. nice touch.

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  25. Good luck to Ken on his first marathon!!!

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  26. Good luck Ken! Hope Julie had success this morning.
    The bike is terrific. I have a Specialized Dolce Sport. Love it. The tri-bikes are suppose to be pretty uncomfortable. They're fitted only to get the job done efficiently with the least amount of comfort.

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  27. Go Ken! Break a .... never mind. That doesn't end well with your family. Let's just go with Good Luck!

    That bike sure looks fast. To keep my cross training more challenging I usually ride a Big Wheel. The other kids laugh, but I think they're laughing with me ....

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  28. I read your athlete profile on Athleta when it was first posted, and I've read the article about your run with Dean Karnazes... and then today, I clicked on a link on Sporty Girl Jewelry's blog and, Ta-Da! It's your blog! I have to say, you are one kick ass woman. :)

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  29. Good luck Ken and Julie!

    Blanche my trusty road bike is a Fuji something or other. I've had her a few years or maybe more by now. She was my first and may very well be a piece of shit but I love her, most likely because I don't know any better.

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  30. Go Ken! You'll do great. If you as Beth as your mentor, you can't go wrong.

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  31. Good luck to Ken! He's going to do awesome!!
    Yay for a new bike! How exciting!

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  32. Good luck Ken. May you run fast(ish), run well and bonk small and late.

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  33. Good luck Ken!! have FUN!!

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  34. WOW!! I looked at that exact same bike today and it's currently on "hold" through tomorrow until Tara's hubby can find me a 2010 one for cheaper (can I ask where it's on sale for so little? I was at Bicycle Village and it's $1215 WITH tax (I always have to have the final figure)). I can't run and not sure I ever can, so am just going to have a bike awhile I guess (sucks!!).

    Happy cycling!

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  35. And good luck to Ken tomorrow!!

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  36. I picked up a Trek SL 1000from a pawn shop last year... fast and smooth. I am now a fan of Trek. Enjoy the upgrade.

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  37. I can't wait to see your post about the bike shorts you'll have to wear. lol...I'm new to cycling and not digging the padded shorts at all! Funny.

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  38. I just bought my new (used) trek yesterday! It's awesome and so pretty! They gave me the clip in shoes too so now I just have to figure out how to clip In and out without killing myself. $700 craigslist. So psyched! Yay for you on your awesome new bike!!

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  39. Got one a few months ago and LOVE IT from Bicycle Village in Boulder. She shifts smooth and sweet. But I do miss the 3 cogs in front but called me old fashion!

    JessicaH

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  40. I have a Trek something from the early 90s. Honestly No Idea. I'm not going tri bike - this is fine for me (HIM in FIVE WEEKS! ACK! and IM in November) but if I decide to keep doing IMs I might get something newer.

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  41. Thanks ever so much for planting the infectious Tubes seed. Oh, and get the bike.

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  42. i have a bike very similar, a trek WSD 1.5. its a 2009 or 10 i think. i think the lexa line replaced my bike. i love it! i want to upgrade in a couple years, but in the meantime this one works for me.

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  43. I have a Trek Lance Armstrong Postal Edition bike that's a loaner to me from someone who has 5 (yep) tri bikes! The one she gave me to borrow is amazingly nice! I rub that thing with a diaper!

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  44. Good ride right there! Make sure you take advantage of the free fitting and make sure the guys at the shop don't half-ass it!

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  45. I have the same bike - I just got it this past winter. I have out on it a couple times and LOVE it.

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  46. I ride a Cervelo and it is a total keeper! We also ride a Trek tandem - have you ever tried a riding a tandem with you husband? We love it and have even ridden in some competitive events with it. It is a great way to spend time together and learn to work together.

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  47. I just ordered that bike - I'm so nervous. I couldn't even try it out first. The 43 cm size had the lowest standover I could find - I couldn't reach over the 691's!

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  48. I have a ten year old Specialized Stump Jumper. It's a mountain bike ha! But beenz that I haven't ridden in approximately thirteen years I figured best not to spend a ton of money on something I may not stick to. So I got the hubs' old hand-me-down and he got a new(er) used bike for himself.

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  49. Hey there ! Got my SUAR stickers and am ready to stick them on with pride ! Good Luck to Ken !!
    I bought my first road bike last summer...A GIANT and LOVE it !! We are big, bad and Canadian made ! I am sure they sell into US as well...http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ca/
    Good Luck with your shopping ! Bikes are Bling to some of us gals !! =)

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  50. I will catch up and read that Ken killed it, but for now GO KEN!!!!!

    $12K to dump? Oh puh-leeze. Give me a shovel and when I am done I will feel like $12K. Goolllleeee what people will pay to drop duece.

    I own a Specialized Transition Comp otherwise known as El Diablo. Love the bike and will not trade it in even when I am ready to upgrade.

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  51. I just got the trek speed concept 7.0 WSD. LOVE IT, although the universe apparently wants to see me suffer in June b/c it won't stop raining long enough for me to ride it. It did stop so I could rock a half marathon this weekend, but then was too lazy to go and bike afterwards.

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