November 19, 2010
Over the years I've had some solid bikes and I just thought it would be a pretty cool post to chronicle the evolution of my bikes over the years. I started out doing multisport in 2004 when my buddy Phil convinced me to do the first annual Penn Yann/Keuka Lake triathlon. I was a newbie and had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was the only race I did that entire year. I rode it on this bike below:
But there comes a time that you realize you need to upgrade. Not really knowing what I was doing, I chose a Trek 1500 bike from a local bike shop that was an aluminum frame. I don't have a pic of it for here, but I still own it and actually raced on it this past year in several bike races. I finished 5th in the Bloomfield RR this year and some guy stated as we rolled around for cooldown, "props to the guy in the lead pack on the steel frame bike!" Made me feel a little proud inside and that bike was adequately named "the TANK" because I used to ride it long and I loaded it down with bottles. Also it is jokingly called "old ironsides" as well, but that's a little known name. I rode that bike out in Missouri for the US Halfmax National Championships which are now called the UltraMax or something like that.
But the Tacx isn't the only power meter that I've been in contact this year. See my good buddy Matt upgraded his bike and had a spare PowerTap SL+ hub to sell, so I took that off his hands really quickly and am currently having it installed into a new rim (with the proper amount of spokes) by Craig down at the Mendon CycleSmith. I'm stoked to be able to ride outside and keep myself in check with power because I have an affinity to go out too hard and then die in the latter miles of the bike. I don't have a picture up of it yet, but will take one in the next few upcoming weeks.
Now the only problem for me was that I didn't have a head unit to have the hub send the signal to. This was a definite problem as I didn't just want a really expensive hub on my bike. I wanted to be able to utilize it. This problem will be rectified hopefully this February when I purchase a Garmin Forerunner 310xt. This little beauty is just like the GPS running watches in th past, but it has the ability to pick up a ANT+ signal from a PT hub and display power. Plus it has a handy little quick release kit that allows this to be mounted to your bike and then twisted off and snapped onto your wrist for running. BAM. This thing is gonna be sweet for an Ironman. It is basically a bike computer that is detachable and can be used to pace a marathon correctly. And the kicker is, if I purchase the one with a HR strap on it, I can use my health savings account from work and buy this baby pre-tax and it's a qualified purchase because HR monitors are "necessary for the treatment/prevention of heart disease" according to the folks that manage our HSA's. So that's why it's not coming into my possession until February, I have to still pour cash into my HSA for it. But the wait will be worth it to have power on the bike and a GPS for the run. Sweet.
Well friends, I hope you have enjoyed my evolution from a steel framed bike that was too small for me with shifters on the down tube, all the way up to a full carbon rocketship with a powertap that is being installed. Now I must say this, the bike is only as fast as the rider, so I'm gonna be training my @$$ off over this winter and will hopefully be able to rip it up next season. So until then, train hard my friends and I'll be the one crushing cranks with the lights off. Cheers.