Riding for a Reason

Changing the world, one mile at a time

First two road rides of 2009 in the books!

So until the age of 16, I was riding my Schwinn Sidekick everywhere that I went. I would routinely do 10 mile bike trips just for the hell of it. As a kid, I never realized how much more work a mountain bike was to ride on the road as a road bike would be. Then i got my driver’s license and biking slipped to the back burner for a few years.

Fast forward 13 years… I’m getting ready to do my first triathlon, which is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. A friend and I signed up for the UW-Whitewater J-Hawk Early Bird Triathlon. It was a sprint and the swimming portion was in a lap pool which made it very appealing for our first Triathlons. Despite the fact that it was a pretty miserable day, the weather held up for the biking and running portion of the race. My struggles with my good ol’ mountain bike make the run pretty painful given the fact that my calves were burnt out from my clipless pedals. But, I finished the race and decided if I’m going to keep doing these, I need a road bike.

So I started researching like crazy for the next week. Test drove a Felt, Trek, and Cannondale bike. They were all very nice. The Cannondale had the Shimano 105 components that I was looking for, but was a closeout from 2005 and although the bike was new, it just didn’t shift like I felt a $1200 bike should. So I held out and kept searching craigslist. A guy e-mailed me about a Lemond bike that he needed to get rid of before he moved to Florida. The bike only had 190 miles on it! We met up so I could take a look at the bike. A 2006 Lemond Zurich with all Shimano Ultegra components even shoes for the clip in pedals. All for half the price of the 2005 closeout with components that were a step below. The bike rode nicely and I bit the bullet.

A week later I’ve got two nice rides in so far. Wednesday I took it from the Oak Leaf Trail, East down Old Ryan Rd all the way to Lake Michigan and back. I was getting about 15 MPH on the way out with a steady wind in my face. Closer to the lake the knats were pretty bad and I realized I definitely need to invest in some cycling glasses! The way back was a wind aided 23 MPH. 7.75 miles in the book. Great start towards my goal of 500 miles this summer!

Saturday I met up with Kristan for a ride on the New Berlin trail. It started off to be a rainy morning, but everything dried up nicely and we had some decent riding weather. We started at Greenfield Park and headed west into the wind. It took a while to find the trail, but we’ll just call it the scenic route. We headed west until we hit 8 miles, and then headed back towards Greenfield Park. Total trip ended up being 11.85 miles. Building up the endurance for what will soon be my weekly rides to work at 29 miles round trip!

After the ride, I took my bike to South Shore Cyclery in Cudahy for a safety check. Everything rides nicely, but I just wanted to make sure before I put a ton of miles on it. The staff there seemed pretty cool. I’ll be picking my bike up by Wednesday and trying out a trainer as well as making sure my cleats are in the right spot on my shoes.

Total mileage YTD = 19.6 miles

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May 11, 2009 Posted by | Cycling | , | Leave a comment