Well, I finally moved on up to a road bike. After owning a Trek FX 7.2 hybrid bike that I bought on Craigslist a while back, I realized that I was getting passed up all the time by people who looked like they were putting less effort on their road bikes, lol. I had gone on a few bike rides at work sponsored by Mellow Johnny’s and couldn’t really hang for too long. Granted I am probably out of shape, I knew the hybrid bike was limiting me. So a few weeks after those rides I decided to seriously look around.
I knew I was going to have to put a pretty decent investment into a good bike, but as I’ve been stepping onto the scale and buttoning my pants lately, I really needed to get a good bike that would help me get pretty serious about getting back in shape.
My first stop was at Jack and Adam’s on Barton Springs Rd. The guy there was pretty helpful right off the bat. I’ve been to a bike store before where the people just plain-old sucked. They’re snobs, not very helpful. Anyway, the guy at Jack and Adam’s convinced me that the Felt Z85 was pretty much the best bang for my buck. I did some research to see what other bikes came with Shimano 105 components and I think that this bike was the cheapest. It also had a nice matte paint job which almost makes it look like it’s carbon fiber but it’s not. As much research and comparing that I did, I was still pretty much sold on the Z85. Unfortunately, Jack and Adam’s didn’t have any in my size in stock so I had to wait almost 2 weeks for it to come in. What’s awesome is that they let you take it home with you for a few days to try it out. Most other bike stores just let you take it for a 15 minute spin around the area.
I was amazed by how much quicker I could zoom by on this bike compared to what I used to have. The difference in shifting was easy to get used to and the ride felt A LOT more comfortable.
So I’m still starting out, but I think I should be able to consistently do rides more than 20 miles at this point. I definitely wanna be able to go out on much longer rides. I have to get used to being on a bike for pretty extended lengths of time. I notice myself having pretty crappy form so I get a bit sore, so I’ll need to fix that. I’m really looking forward to getting serious about road biking and getting myself un-fat.