Apologies in advance my pictures aren't that great since I know most people just scroll to those, but I figured I would also tell a little story. I used to run, but combined with downhill skiing my knees were really not going to last, especially as I am, let's say genetically predisposed
towards heavy set. Unfortunately when I stopped running I didn't really replace the activity with anything, and gained 30 lbs. Screw that.
March of this year I bought this 2001 Trek 5500 I found on Craigslist. I got shoes, spare cleats, and a pump for $675. It has full Dura-Ace (6700?) and it needed tires and bar tape. It had blue tires on it and I didn't totally hate how it looked so I decided to go with a little "blue theme" and bought new blue tires, blue bar tape, and crappy blue Bontrager cages (I say crappy because they loved to launch bottles...) Now looking back, I don't know about the blue so much...
Found one of my dream cars on a ride...
I probably put close to 8-900 miles on it, lost 15lbs and the bug had bit. I like to "reward" myself instead of just buying things willy nilly, for example I bought a Garmin Edge 500 after my first 40mi ride. I told myself that once I lost 20lbs I would reward myself with a brand new bike, with brand new warranty.
Beginning of August I bought this Colnago Air for $2000 with some extras. This is it after my first ride
Yes, I could've gotten a lighter bike for that money, but ever since I got into it I just had a thing for Colnagos. They look the best to me and I wanted one. I also fit this bike better than the Trek so that is always nice. It is completely stock right now, but I plan on upgrading it with lighter parts as I reach whatever goals I set for myself. The current goal is a metric century. The only thing I splurged a little on are X-Labs Chimp CF bottle cages, listed as 28g. I understand they are more of a tri oriented company but they grip the bottles really well and I hate launching bottles! Love the rough roads here in Illinois... My scale is currently on loan so I didn't measure how accurate their claim is. But anyway, in the meantime I'm just riding it and enjoying. Here are a few pics from this evening. (sorry for the wrong side photos, but we all know what 105 looks like right?)
Any ideas on what a good "reward" would be for my goal? I was thinking to upgrade the wheels perhaps, but that can get expensive quickly.