On Thursday my friend Genna texted me saying that she was in a local bike shop and they had mentioned that they were selling someone’s Cervelo P3 for them, because she was a friend of the owner. I thought about it a little bit, but I waited until Sunday to call the shop.
I have been thinking a little bit about getting a triathlon bike since about a month after I bought my bike. After doing my first couple of triathlons and going on some rides with friends who have triathlon bikes, the desire grew even more. When I signed up for Ironman Chattanooga I think my interest in getting a faster bike peaked, but at the same time that was in September and I had only had my road bike at that point for five months really. Everyone told me to wait a year.
But more recently I’ve felt like the window to transition into a new bike before Ironman Chattanooga was coming to a close. I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but at the same time I didn’t know how I’d be able to get a new bike without spending that money. I had kind of become complacent.
So when this opportunity arose I went to check it out. I drove down to the store just interested in riding the bike. When I got on it I fell instantly in love. It rode amazingly. It was light. And it fit so well. I don’t even know what size it is, because once I got into it and felt it I didn’t need to know. I popped into the aero bars and rode those and just knew that it fit.
But I needed time to think about it, and I wanted to talk to the person that was actually selling the bike. After I spoke with her on the phone and got all my questions answered, I was thrilled. She only lives two miles from me, so she got the bike from the bike store Monday and I met her at her house.
I was also excited because it came with all the stuff you see above. The rear bottle cages, the bottle cage in the middle, an upgraded bike seat, and the carbon wheels were all part of the deal. I’m a bit hesitant about the tubular wheels, and I’ll see what I do about those; but, this was perfect. I got a fantastic bike for a fantastic price.
It just added to the perfect nature of the deal when I took it to the bike shop that I always go to and they knew the bike. They were able to tell me more about how well it had been maintained, and they were able to answer all my questions about transitioning from a road bike to a triathlon bike.
Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m not sure I’m a good enough cyclist to have a bike like this, but I’m going to do my best to live up to it. I’m definitely still a major newbie, and I’m guessing I’ll look like it the first few times I’m on the bike.
So, thanks to Genna for telling me about the bike! And thanks to my coach Steve and friends Tori and Beth for helping me with questions. And of course I’m always appreciative for my husband for supporting me along the way with all these crazy ideas that I have. I’m not sure how I got so lucky.
I’m so excited! I’ll share with you changes and thoughts as I go!
Any tips as you transitioned from road to tri bike? Any tips on riding with tubular wheels?