Wednesday, May 9, 2007

On Awesome Friends and new TT bikes!



This is the TT bike I will debut at Kern next week! I was lamenting yesterday, on the morning group ride (the same one where we almost got tickets) about how I was going to have to buy clip-on aero bars for my bike for the TT at Kern and for the Team TT championships. David, the guy I was talking to, just happened to have upgraded to a new TT bike recently, and still had his old one! And secondly, we were about the same size! So he graciously offered to loan me his TT bike (the one pictured above)! Cycling friends are the best...I mean, how often is it that people you only know from group rides (ok, and camping at Sea Otter) offer to loan you multi-thousand dollar items to go race with?

I went and picked up the bike last night. The only sad part about it was how sad his poor son was about letting the bike go! The child is nearly 4, completely adorable, and was happy and willing to talk to me...until he realized that I was taking the red bike with me! Upon hearing that, he started crying...it was really sad. I tried to explain (as did his father and mother) that I was only borrowing it, and that I would bring it back...but it didn't really work. His dad put it in the car and that was that. Poor kid...

Another friend of mine loaned me the carbon wheels...and now I'm all set! I brought it to the bike shop today, got it all set up, and took it for its inagural ride this afternoon. tomorrow it will go on a longer ride with some real efforts...

Anyway, I'm excited about my new toy..even if it is only a loaner. Maybe he'll make me a good deal on it...

Ciao!

10 comments:

Chris said...

Nice friends you have. Good luck at the race.

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

Chris-Thanks! I know..my friends continue to surprise me. I hope I can be as good a friend in return...i just don't have that much cool stuff to loan out! :-) At the very least I hope I don't let the bike down (it's owner is a really really good TTer) and can have a good ride on it.

CyclistRick said...

Sweet! Perhaps he will give it to you. Although being given a bike is rare and can be part of a sad tale.

Ride and enjoy! Good luck at Kern.

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

Cyclistrick--thanks! Your gift bike is sweet! It was a sad tale though...poor guy. I am taking the TT bike out for a real ride this morning, and I'm going to attempt my club's TT series on monday to see how it goes!

X Bunny said...

how do you like it?

do your legs hurt as much as mine?

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

xbunny-My legs definitely feel it! It's quite different...and muscles in my legs are sore that I didn't even know I had!!

Steve Weixel said...

I was going to suggest that you come out to the TT on Monday. Are you familiar with the route? Some of the turns can be tricky so its good to ride it first if you can.

chatterbox said...

mmmm. that looks like a nice bike. Enjoy! Remember to be gentle around the corners to avoid road rash :)

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

Steve--yes, I'm going to do the TT on monday night. I will have to take the turns slowly as I'm still getting used to it..but it's fun so far! Can you send me an email describing the course so i can preride!?? I need an hour warmup anyway..so maybe i can just preride before the TT starts. David is going to preride wtih me and give me some tips (since it IS his bike after all)

chatterbox--yup..taking it easy on turns so far...a much different ride than my compact frame responsive race bike.

Steve Weixel said...

You can see the course here: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/2440702

It starts a little bit down C.O. from Fairview, heads out to the end of Glen Annie (like the sat ride), turns around, goes back to C.O., turns right up past the high school, turns around at the first street past the light, then back down to Glen Annie. Right on Glen Annie, then turn around at the first light pole. Then its a right back onto C.O. and haul a** to the finish shortly before fairview. The important thing is that there are white circles painted on the ground at the start, finish, and turnaround points.

If you have some time Monday, I usually pre-ride the course (slowly) at lunchtime.