Riding a bike is like…riding a bike. Uh, yeah, so it’s really not as easy as it sounds.
I was blessed with a friendly neighbor who gave me a great deal on a Trek hybrid bike when I first started. It was great for fitness and helped me begin my fitness journey. However, it was NOT going to get me where I wanted to be in triathlon.
Triathlon bikes are expensive! Holy cow! There are bikes more expensive than my CAR! Talk about intimidating. I ended up finding a base model road bike to get me started. It was a Trek Lexa road bike. I threw on some Profile Design aero bars, got a Adamo saddle, some clip in pedals, and called it a trying-to-be-a-tri bike.
Being attached to your bike is something that can be new and crazy. I experienced the rite of passage of tipping over at stoplights with the clip in pedals. I’ve fallen for no good reason at all. It’s all part of the journey.
In retrospect of my beginning times, it is important to not fall into the trap of needing too much special equipment. The MOST important thing is to have a bike that FITS you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hybrid bike, a mountain bike, a road bike, or a super expensive triathlon bike. If it doesn’t FIT you, you won’t be comfortable. If you’re not comfortable you won’t have FUN.
I ride a Specialized Shiv Expert and have had a professional fit and several adjustments for comfort. I’ve never been so comfortable on a bike and only wish that I knew the things I knew now when I got my first one!
The trainer is the treadmill version of indoor workouts for bikes. They come in many shapes and styles and in a price range of about $120-$5000 depending on the bells and whistles they have. Mine is fairly simple, but also with some cool features. It is the Kurt Kinetic Rock N Roll trainer. I keep it in the living room so I can get workouts in while watching Netflix or while hanging out with the fam or while watching my toddler run around naked coloring on walls.
High intensity interval workouts on the trainer pay off big time on the road. They also maximize time. Quality wins over quantity every single time.
However, nothing beats the nice, open road…
…and the beautiful sites you see.