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I went to Elite Cycle in Overland Park, KS to get a Retul Bike Fit, which basically means they hooked me up to a bunch of electrodes and took video of me riding. It helps them to 1) find the right type of bike that would fit me without too many adjustments, and 2) fit the bike to you. I learned during my bike fit that my old fit didn't fit me at all. I have fairly long legs, but a short torso. Most people are more balanced and as their leg length grows so does their torso. So I needed a frame known as a Medium/Short - it has a taller seat, but a shorter reach. My old bike was balanced, so the reach was really too far for me. I had always felt this way, but never really knew why.
When I first went in for my bike fit I had no plans in buying a tri bike. I wanted another road bike. But with conversations with Jeff at Elite about what I wanted....he strongly encouraged me to consider the tri bike. And in the end that's the decision I made.
I haven't actually gotten a chance to ride it yet, and I know I will love it over time, but I have to admit that right now I'm a little afraid! For one it's much taller than my old bike and I can literally barely get my leg over the center bar. I'm so afraid I'm going to have some falls this summer trying to get used to that. But I know it's to be expected. Second, I'm just a little afraid of the aero bar position. I know you don't have as much stability with a tri bike as you do with a road bike. I ended up upgrading the wheels though and they are supposed to provide a more stable ride. We shall see.
All I keep telling myself is this bike is supposed to give me "free speed"!! I sure do hope so. I suppose it's natural to super excited and apprehensive about a new bike at the same time. I've ridden my other bike for over 3 years, and it just feels comfortable. I know it, I know how it gears, steers and brakes, etc. This one will be a learning curve for sure! But I'm excited to get out there on it.
Has anyone else ever been nervous about getting a new bike? Am I crazy?