Well, I dropped about $1000.00 about 8 months ago on a basic bike with some minor extras, just to see if I would stick with the sport of road biking...Well, I'm FREAKING ADDICTED, and want to start doing some competition riding.
I came into some extra cash, and decided to go ahead and upgrade my bike. Here's what I picked up:
However, I did pick up the '04 model. The pic is the '05, but they're practically the same bike.
I have a few questions, though.
1) I've been riding about 55-60 miles per day Saturday and Sunday (no stops) on my old bike, and at the end of my ride, I'd feel rather "beat", and would have run about an 18 mph average for the ride. My FIRST ever ride with the Ultimate, and I rode 74 miles without stopping at an average pace of about 19.6mph, and although felt like I had ridden hard, I still felt that I had about another 10 or so miles in me when I finished. Can the equipment make that much of a difference, or was it maybe the adrenalin of just riding the new machine?
2) Today, I have a minor sharp pain in my right elbow, one that I've never experienced before. Could it be that maybe I just wasn't as relaxed as normal, and was rather tight up through my arms that contributed to it?
3) At the LBS, I was actually looking to buy a Cannondale R3000, and was told that one was in stock. When I got there (drove 50 miles on a referral...), they had made a mistake and did not have one. The only bike they had at the R3000 level (that would fit me.... I'm 6'1"...) was this Litespeed Ultimate, which was on sale from $4800 down to $3500 on a year-end closeout promotion. When I got ready to "walk", they asked me if I'd like to take the Litespeed for a spin. I had never ridden a Ti bike, but LOVED it. They ended up giving the bike to me for $3500, but also threw in a set of Dura-Ace pedals, bottle cages, bottles, and a computer w/cadence meter.
Pretty good deal? After doing my research, I think so, but just wanted to talk with some people that are more intimate with the knowledge of this bike than me....
Thanks in advance....