Yet another man in my life.

Remember when you all met the new man in my life, Lance?  Well now I’m going to have to make some room for this bad boy:

I bought a bike last week!  Considering the Ride For Heart is in 13 days, I cut it really close.  I have never owned a road bike and I have to ride it for 75km on June 3rd.  Yikes.

The Ride For Heart and Raleigh teamed up so I was able to get a pretty good deal on this bike.  It’s crazy how expensive road bikes can get!  By the time you add the helmet, padded shorts, water cage, etc…you’re pretty much poor.  I’m excited to have another way to get my sweat on this summer though.  This will be good cross training for me and a really fun way to get in some cardio while enjoying the sunshine.

I’m taking it out for the first time today (after W3D1 of James Wilson’s program) and I’m a bit scared!  I have never been on a road bike before so it should be interesting to say the least.  I got it sized and had the seat set lower than usual so that I felt more comfortable resting my feet on the ground.  I also avoided getting the clip-in pedals for now even though I have a pair of cycling shoes.  I am going to ride in regular running shoes for the time being so that I can avoid killing myself.

Now I just need a name for my bike.  Any suggestions?  Do you own a bike?

**I am at 79% of my fundraising goal for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!  If you want to read why raising money for this cause is important to me, read about it here.  If you would like to donate, you can click on the ‘donate’ box in the left sidebar or click here!**

Comments

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    Lynn in MD says

    Congrats on the new bike. You may find you love cycling even more than running (I did!) Before you know it you’ll be doing a triathlon (or duathlon)!

    BTW, a higher seat will likely make you MORE comfortable while riding the bike….

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    says

    I went to a bike shop a week ago and they had me looking at a Raleigh too. Which one is that? I am still waiting for a deal though!! The ones they had me trying out were $1000.00 and up!

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    Stephanie says

    Congrats on the new bike! I bought one at the beginning of the spring (I’m training for a 100 mile Bike MS ride in July) and I was really admit of having the seat lower so I completely touch the ground. However, after my first real ride with it my knee was super sore for a few weeks…turns out having your seat low isn’t great for your knees…so once you’re comfortable on the bike you may want to get refitted to avoid injury!

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    says

    congrats!! I just bought my first road bike last month and i LOVE it but you are right–they are CRAZY expensive and I bought the cheapest one I could get…which still ended up being expensive with the helmet and gear added in soooo yeah. but its worth it…i really enjoy cycling as an option to running, its a great workout!

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    says

    I just got my first road bike about a month ago! I’m doing the 2 day 200km ride to conquer cancer June 10th for my dad as well. I’m looking forward to reading about how your ride goes, maybe you’ll throw out some tips for an also newbie to cycling,

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    says

    Hmmm after thinking long and hard I think you should call your bike… Clint Eastwood!! Just because he’s badass and so is your bike! On a slightly more normal note (ha!) good luck on your first ride out! :)

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    says

    Awesome bike. Very similar to a friend’s of mine who loves it.

    Financially speaking, I don’t think these bikes aren’t that much more expensive than they were in the late 1800s, the 1940s and 50s. People as a whole just want things cheap ;-)

    Enjoy your new accessory !!!!

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    says

    Yay, yay, yay I LOVE it!!! I have absolutely zero biking advice. ha ha my Mom just got a new bike and I took it for a spin last week and thought I might die after 3 miles. I am in terrible biking shape.

    You look so cute in the pictures and I am so very excited for you. :)

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    Sailor Girl says

    I named my bike “Gucci”. It’s got lots of bling. I love it as much as the first day I picked it up. Custom built titanium, it’s beautiful, and hand made by a dear friend. I love the power and speed you get out of biking. Enjoy!!

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    Katie h says

    I bought my first road bike this summer. I love it! But you are right clip in pedals do take some getting use to. I fell the first few times out just trying to get use to them! Hope you enjoy your bike it really is a great investment!

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    says

    Congrats on the new bike! Your ride is so soon and your fundraising efforts are awesome. I feel like everyone is getting into biking these days and it’s something that just really scares me. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough. Good luck in your ride, I can’t wait to read all about it.

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    says

    Beautiful bike!! I love my road bike. I’ve been riding it a lot lately and finding that I really enjoy it! Good luck on your fundraising efforts. I just reached my goal for the MS 150 last week!

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