I love my bike. It’s a Lemond, I’ve had it about three years, and we are completely bonded. I’m in an argument with my entire family about whether or not to purchase a new, fancy-ass, traithlon bike for this event. Their argument: “When else would you purchase a tribike if not for completing an Ironman?” My argument: ” “. I know they are right; I just can’t picture breaking it to the old girl that she won’t be making the trip to New Zealand. But that’s a blog for another day.
Today’s bike-related issue is about yet another bike. Jesse and I have purchased new trail bikes for an upcoming tip the end of October to the C and O canal. It runs from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, and is an old mule path/rails to trails conversion, almost every mile of which is gravel. Not appropriate for our road bikes, of course, which is why we’ve gotten the new trail bikes. Nice, fat tires, upright posture, not quite a mountain bike, but not really a hybrid either.
This trip will take place in another two weeks or so, so Jesse suggested we take them out for at least a short spin before we’re out with no bike stand/tools/etc. So for today’s 25-miler we hit the road (or Greenway in this case) with the new Treks.
We were on a paved surface, and did 25 miles, and even so, we were both bitching about them when we finished. My back hurt, my hands hurt, my wrists hurt, my elbows hurt. I think most of our issues can be resolved with some tweaking here and there, but miles and miles on gravel on this bad boy does not hold much appeal.
It was overcast and wet in Murfreesboro today, but the Greenway always offers its own brand of beautiful scenery…
It’s my intention to blog from the trail when we do the trip, but I don’t know about the cell reception for the internet, so we’ll see…
Today also included a strength training session, which, if you are keeping track, is my favorite workout, and today was a great one.
iPod random shuffle of the day: Chuck Berry, My Ding-A-Ling
Thanks for reading!
October 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm
I think this is the rail trail David and I plan to take next summer. Enjoy…hopefully the bikes will grow on you. Are they the FX line of Trek bikes? Renée
October 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm
I have run the C & O from Georgetown west for about 15 miles and it’s not really gravel so much as it is little tiny fine pieces of mini-gravel mixed in with a lot of dirt. At least in that area. Don’t know much about the rest. The Pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland section is pretty new, I think. Can’t wait to hear how it goes. I especially want to hear how you make it through the Paw Paw tunnel…….
October 22, 2009 at 1:23 am
Here is my argument:
Premise One: The Ironman is a world-class race that calls for high quality equipment.
Premise Two: Lemond ≠ high quality equipment
Conclusion: Mom deserves a high quality bike
October 23, 2009 at 3:41 am
Thank you sweetie – you’re my go-to guy for equipment advice, so if you say I need one, I’ll get one! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!