So I've been wanting a new bike for quite some time now (I know, who doesn't want a new bike, right??) but I've had this guilty feeling about it because, well, I have a nice bike and besides the fact that it is ~5 years old and has about a billion miles on it and it's all corroded and stuff, sometimes it shifts just fine. And I've raced really well on it. I think I was afraid of even talking about getting a new one because what if she heard me and got pissed off? And then, like, took it out on me during Ironman? And what if my new one didn't fit as well as my old one? Because let's face it, that P3 fits me and I've had some success on it over the years. Could I find a bike that was even better for me?
Since the only thing I was really dissatisfied with about my old bike was the fact that, well, it is old, it crossed my mind that my dream bike was really the same bike, but just new. (i.e. with parts that function flawlessly.) Don't get me wrong, my old bike has some new parts (2 chains, cables, aero bars, bottom bracket, headset, and pedals this year alone) but next up I was going to replace the shifters and that bottom bracket was still clicking on me. Riding here in the rain all the time and in this humid salty air is really tough on bikes and bike parts. Then after I stripped that bottom bracket hangar thing a few weeks ago and thought the whole frame was ruined, well, Scott said "Just get a new bike." Really?? A new one?
Don't have to tell me twice!
The guys at ITB completely hooked me up and I went to pick up my new P3 today. It pays to be a longtime loyal customer! I took my old one in so they could get my new one set up the same way... and ta dah! My new machine.
So even though there really is not room for a third bike in my kitchen, my plan is to keep my old one for a while and ride it most of the time in training... especially on wet days. This white one will be like the baby that gets to go out sometimes on sunny days and when it's time to race. Funny how just the thought of this new bike makes me all nervous... I guess I should at least ride it enough to stop being nervous just looking at it, huh?