Achievement Unlocked: New Time Trial Bikes

Achievement Unlocked: New Time Trial Bikes

When Jason and I entered our freshman year of triathlons, we didn’t want to invest much money into the sport because we were unsure as to whether or not we’d like it. Scientifically speaking, triathlons cost a buttload of money. There’s running shoes, triathlon shorts, tri tops, proper running socks, visors, sunglasses, wetsuits, bikes, helmets, bike shoes, fuel, fuel and more fuel, not to mention the cost to sign up for races. That all adds up to a BUTT LOAD of cash. It ain’t cheap.

But let me get back to the whole bike thing. Holy shit, if triathlons themselves cost a buttload then the bikes are like an ass cheek’s worth of money. Bikes are expensive! I had no idea they cost as much as they did! I had a pink and purple 10-speed Huffy when I was in elementary school and that thing probably set my parents back a couple hundred bucks at K-Mart, so I figured that good bikes cost like $1,000 or so, right?

Wrong. They cost an ass cheek, which is why for our first tri season Jason and I were like “Eff this, we’ll borrow some bikes.” We then proceeded to remain the laughingstock of our training group until about November 2008. For about nine months I rocked out on my coworker Christine’s aluminum Giant, which was built for teeny people but weighed a ton (adding to the weight were mountain bike pedals that I was too lazy to change). The bike was too small for me (Christine’s 5’1″ and I’m 5’5″ — even with my stumpy legs, that’s a considerable size difference) and I never got a proper adjustment, so I rode on a bike that didn’t fit me for an entire season.

Here’s a picture of me and Christine’s bike after the Victoria Half Ironman:


Notice how it’s sportin’ the aero bars. Putting aero bars on that heavy mofo is kind of like ordering a Diet Coke with your triple quarter pounder with cheese, but I did stick aero bars on it (mostly so I could drink without having to wobbily reach down and grab a bottle from my cage — I’ve since gotten better at doing that). I also put new tires on the bike after I tore the rear one during my first sprint triathlon (I’ll get to that in a future post). While I had made some modifications to the bike, it never felt like mine, and after I decided that I liked racing, it was time to go shopping for a bike I could call my own.

Jason, meanwhile, was tearin’ it up on his dad’s old, old, old bike. Here’s a picture of it:


Haha, just kidding. The bike isn’t that old. Jason’s dad has a Klein that’s about 20 years old and has the shifters down on the frame. Now that’s old school. My racing buddy borrowed the bike the whole season and stubbornly raced with it amongst the fancy Cervelos, Scotts, Felts, Gurus, and Quintana Roos.


You can sort of see the Klein in the above pic where Jason is in T1 at the Victoria Half Ironman. Though it ain’t much to look at, the bike did get Jason through a half dozen races this year (and he passed his fair share of athletes on fancy $3,000 time trial bikes. Suck it, losers!). Jason made some much needed upgrades to the bike as well — the front derailleur needed replacing and he also swapped out the seat. Much like me, however, Jason didn’t have a bike of his own and wanted to join his fellow athletes in the 21st century with upgraded, lighter technology.

So, at the end of the 2008 season Jason and I started keeping an eye on various bike and tri shops to see if we could score a deal on a 2008 bike as the stores made room for their ’09 inventory. We were both unsure as to whether we’d buy time trial or road bikes, but I was instructed by Teresa to at least check out the Felt B12 and the Cervelo P2C in my size. Jason headed over to Speedy Reedy with me so I could shop around…and the bastard ended up buying a bike before I did.

Basically, it turns out that Speedy Reedy was out of virtually every time trial bike that would fit me. Teresa figured I’d be a 48 since she and I are about the same height and we are both cursed with the same affliction of having long arms and torsos but no legs. (The guys over at Triumph Multisport now know me as “All Torso, No Legs.” Not the best nickname…) The only bike they had in my size was this godawful looking white and pink Scott (no offense to any of you who like pink, but it’s not an ideal color for me).

You know what size they DID have the ’08 Felt B12 and the Cervelo P2C in? Jason’s. That’s right, apparently clearance time is the only time of the year where it pays to be a 6’4″, 250 lb beast of a human being. They had tons of 58s in stock, so he happily scheduled some test rides and took the bikes out for a spin.

Here’s what he ended up buying:


It’s a beaut, isn’t it? Jason bought an ’08 Cervelo P2C with Ultegra components and Look Keo pedals. The guys at Speedy Reedy gave him fantastic customer service and were nice enough to switch out the handlebars and brakes after he said he didn’t like how they felt. He got a good deal on the bike but ended up spending a small fortune on accessories. You know how it is…

Naturally, I griped to Jason about how he “stole” my bike, so the following weekend we went hunting around for something that I could buy. We ended up at Sammamish Cycle, where they had a couple of Cervelos in stock. I took one for a test ride and tried to barter down the sales guy to no avail. I ended up begrudgingly buying a bike and spending about $500 more than I wanted to (though I did get a free bike fit…which didn’t seem accurate, so I may need to get another one).


My bike is oh so fancy. It’s also an ’08 Cervelo P2C, but the extra $500 that I didn’t want to spend went towards Dura Ace components, so technically my bike is better than Jason’s. Ha ha, suck it, Jason. Teresa also hooked me up with a pair of titanium Speedplay pedals that she had, so no more mountain bike pedals for me! Wahoo!

Jas and I tried swapping bikes and quickly found out that sharing wasn’t gonna work:



Kind of a Goldilocks situation we got going on there. Thankfully, our bikes are juuuuuuust right for their proper owners…even though they did cost us each an ass cheek’s worth of money.

4 Responses to “ “Achievement Unlocked: New Time Trial Bikes”

  1. Teresa says:

    You two deserve the new bikes! As Jason says “I wasn’t even pedaling and the thing kept moving”. Congrats on the new babies!

  2. Congratulations guys. The only down side I can see is that now you’ll have no more excuses during the biking portion of the race.

  3. Mark says:

    aero helmets next?

  4. Rebecca says:

    I think non-Fred Meyer helmets first, then we’ll talk about aero…

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