Since I’ll be buying myself a new bike to replace my old CCM “commute, run the dog, q time with the wife” bike I thought I’d write about the last time I purchased a bike.
In 2006 I was on a mission. I was just getting into cycling… riding my now stolen CCM. At the time it was just a “trying to lose weight” bike. One evening I told my roommate that I was going to cycle to the next town over which was approx. 30 kms away. And after supper, that’s what I set out to do.
About an hour into the ride I was getting close to my destination when I hear a voice say “See you at home” and who do I see immediately pass me? My roommate… on his road bike. That was the moment I decided to buy one.
After losing a few bids on used bikes from Ebay, I made a call to the nearest bike shop. It was a 3 hour drive but they told me they had a num
ber of road bikes in stock. That weekend I drove there and found a nice beginner bike
The Trek 1200 is a beginner bike… I was a beginner. It was fairly inexpensive (even though I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d pay $1000 for a bike… at the time.) which was good because my wallet has never been that fat. My gut on the other hand…
The bike does ride a little stiff. I have yet to upgrade anything on it, but have been considering a few options. I never use the granny gear on the FD so maybe replacing it could be an option.
I do use a speedplay pedal and honestly have never tried anything else. I have no issues with them but then again, I have nothing to compare it to.
I plan on putting more miles this year than I have in the past. I’m also determined to teach myself more on bike mechanics. I’ve been dependent on the local shop here in town.