Whew. Well, you know the saying when you're in a prolonged recession, wages are stagnant, gasoline and other commodities continue to skyrocket and your hemorrhaging money from other unplanned expenses like vet visits, moving costs, hearing aids, toilet paper (well for me when you want to stop taking showers and wasting water after doing yo biznass in place of actual TP). Best thing to do is buy, buy, buy.
And so I did. A time-trial bike. Entering my third year (my lord has it been that loonngggg???) in triathlon it's about time for me to up the ante and compete on a level playing field with my peers. For the longest time I laughed at those who rode the sleekest, shiniest, most aerodynamic gear. What a joke. These guys train 5 hours a week and show up with 10k worth of gear. I'm gonna beat them with shittier equipment...that'll humble 'em.
Well, the guys who train only 5 hours per week I do beat. It's the guys who train north of 15 I have problems with. So, while my bike fitter teased me for 'buying speed' after claiming to 'not be one of those chasers' I bit the bullet and threw some money down. Granted, the bike is used. I bought it from a peer. It's a 2009 model and while the wheels are dope and I'm confident they're fast, they're an older model. Nonetheless this is a fast machine and it puts me on a similar playing field to those I'm looking to compete with this season.
Obviously the biggest engine (and obstacle) on the bike is yourself. I still need to shed some lbs, and it's not gonna come from my once-weekly body shave. It's more likely to come from nixing the late-night chocolate intake. And I STILL need to get in the pool twice a week....once per week. Shit, ever....
But I'm really excited to race and put some miles in my new ride.
Sidenote: A co-worker I (g)-chat (well our internal version of it) with at work told me today her pet-peeve is biker's on the road. I am diplomatic to a fault about this issue b/c if you inflame MORE hostility toward biker's...it's a certain death-wish for us on the road, but I was surprised to hear this sweet girl cut down cyclists like a lawnmower. It was ridiculous, inappropriate, insensitive, and ignorant. And this is a girl I chat with DAILY. She has a reputation for being a real kind and generous person. Driving does crazy things to our psyche's but hardly any more frustrating than misplaced rage directed at cyclists. Oy...don't get me started.
Anyway, I'm blabbering on like a bumbling backwoods booby so below is the ACTUAL CL post...
I blocked out the price, but I did keep it 4 digiiiiitttsss.....
It's a 2009 Felt B2 triathlon bike. Size 58cm. This a serious racing machine ridden to numerous podium finishes. The bike includes the pictured wheels, a Zipp 808 rear and 404 front, both tubulars. The wheels are from the last generation of Zipp wheels before they came out with the firecrest design.
I'm 6'3" but the bike can probably be fit to anyone between 6' and 6'4". If you're shorter than 6'2" though, you may need to swap out the stem to get the fit right.
Front/rear derailleurs front brake, brake levers, bar-end shifters are all Shimano Dura-Ace. Had to swap in an FSA rear brake to accommodate the wider Zipp wheel. It has a 54/42T FSA Krono crank with 175cm crank arms. The rear cassette is 28-11 but I have an extra 25-11 cassette laying around if you prefer a more standard setup. The gearing is perfect for a strong rider.
I have various other goodies I need to get rid of which I'm happy to throw in to the buyer (haven't bothered to inventory yet, but I know at the least I've got an extra aero helmet to throw in, a $200 value by itself).
Price is $XXXX firm.