When we moved from Arizona to Oregon in 2005 I transitioned from mountain bike rider to roadie3 which I thought I would never do. I mean us mountain bikers were laid back, flannel wearing, cool kids…unlike those uptight, outfit matching, snob roadies! All it took though was a single ride with a group of local cyclists, blazing around the beautiful country side in Forest Grove and I was hooked. The first road bike I got was quickly upgraded the very next year. Not wanting to continue that horribly expensive trend I looked at cheap (at least that was the original intent) alternatives. I started getting computers and gizmos for my bike to aid in improving my performance…I was getting tired of getting left behind. Well, like most things I do I got carried away.
A little sidebar to explain how I function…
I am very competitive…especially when it comes to athletics. I was a cross country runner during my high school and college years. And while I do some competitive running and cycling today, I really like competing with myself on a day-to-day basis and my favorite way to do that is with data. Unfortunately, simply writing down my workouts is not good enough. I want technology involved. I want data collected automatically. This is why, when I bought a trainer to train indoors I wasn’t satisfied for very long. Not only was I highly restricted on the data I could collect, it was completely manual.
One thing led to another and soon I was determined that I needed the CycleOps 400 Pro. The amount of data the 400 Pro collects is insane. Totally for a pro, which I clearly am not. However, the geek in me won out in the end (read: miraculously convinced Denise) and I purchased the state-of-the-art machine. Months later I am still learning how to best leverage all the data. I also just recently spent another small fortunate on a setup that allows me to collect data from all my outdoor rides that I can now mimic indoors on the 400 Pro. In other words, any ride that I do on my outdoor road bike I can duplicate on the 400 Pro. You have to admit (geek/jock or not), that is so awesome, right!?
To wrap up this WAY-TOO-LONG post on my history with bikes, I’d like to point out maybe the most important fact: my mom and dad still have my Kuwahara, which I intend on giving to Bryce in a year or two. Let the fun begin!
True, not technically a bike, but definitely the gateway drug ↩
Just to name a few: Crashing going down The Waterfall on South Mountain (ER visit), getting hit by a car while riding my 3 day old bike, and falling off my bike into a bunch of cacti requiring Denise to pull spines out from all conceivable places. ↩
A person who exclusively rides road bikes ↩