New Bike

I picked up a new road bike last weekend. It’s a entry level road bike from Trek. Here’s a picture:

The plan is to use the bike to get to and from work. The terrible bus system here in Calgary kind of forced me to get a bike sooner than I had expected. It’s really painful to see how often the buses get off schedule.

The other thing I want to do is start training for some road races. After the first couple of rides I’m realizing that it’s going to be harder than I expected. The big quad muscles take a lot of energy and it doesn’t take long before I’m exhausted. Building endurance and increasing my weekly distance up to 100km/week is going to be a challenge.

This is also the first time I’ve owned a road bike. They are quite different beasts from mountain bikes. Light and nimble steering and with the narrow high pressure tires they roll very smoothly and with very little effort. But they are also a bit fragile and I’m having to force myself to not hop curbs or take gravel shortcuts.