On pace to hit 400 miles this month; Getting close on road bike choice.
Last month I rode 346 miles, and my October goal is to better that by biking at least 400 miles. So far I’m ahead of pace, and have put in five rides in five days for a total of 86.84 miles.
Yesterday I did another pretty tough workout: 10 laps on the Florida Flo loop at Mt. Dora with no rest breaks. That’s the second time I’ve done that workout this week, and it’s a good one. I don’t ride all-out the entire time I’m doing this workout, but I’m still moving at a pretty good pace. Yesterday’s total ride time came to 1h37m, and my average heart rate was 168 BPM. The total distance was 15.5 miles, and included over 1,000 feet of climbing.
I won’t be riding today, as I have a weight training workout on tap, and I also have about 4 hours of yard work to get done. I’ll be doing at least 14 miles tomorrow, and that will put me over 100 mile mark for the week. With 31 days in October, I need to average 90.328 miles per week to reach my 400 mile goal. I’m off to a good start!
Once I start incorporating road riding into my training riding 400 miles in a month will seem quaint by comparison. Don’t be surprised if I set a goal of 1,000 miles in a month at some point in the near future.
The hunt for a road bike continues, and over the past month I’ve been diligently watching Craigslist, checking the local bike shops for deals and doing tons of research. Coming from the mountain biking side of things, there has certainly been a learning curve involved in this process.
I’ve seen some pretty good deals, but nothing that has blown me away. I’m pretty shocked by how high some of the used bikes are priced on Craigslist–especially considering the condition many of the bikes are in.
There are some good deals to be had at the local bike shops right now, and I’m looking hard at those. For example, check out this 2011 Trek Cronus Pro. The Cronus Pro normally retails for almost $4,000, but it has been reduced to a closeout price of $2,500.
That’s a great deal, but here’s the problem (and this is something I simply cannot overlook): even at that drastically reduced price, the Cronus Pro (with tax) would set me back close to $3,000. The specs on the 2013 Motobecane Immortal Ice are as good (or better) than those of the Cronus Pro, and the Motobecane is $1,000 less expensive. No sales tax, no shipping.
The Monocoque High Modulus Carbon Fiber frame found on the Motobecane is very well-reviewed, and it has a lifetime crash replacement warranty that is much better than Trek’s. The groupset on the Motobecane is entirely 2013 Ultegra 6700–better than the 2011 Ultegra parts found on the Cronus. Vittoria Rubino PRO III Kevlar tires on the Motobecane are excellent performers based on reviews that I’ve read. The Ritchey Pro Zeta wheelsets found on the Motobecane are (arguably) the only spec that lags behind the Cronus. Total weight of the Motobecane is reported to be 16.5 pounds, and that’s about 2 pounds less than the Trek.
About the only negative reviews I’ve seen on the Motobecane have come from people who don’t even own one! Those who have purchased the specific bike I’m considering have almost unanimously praised it.
I’ve approached this choice with an open mind, and I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that there is a lot of bike snobbery out there. I can only roll my eyes when I see it. I do my own mechanical work, and so I simply can’t justify paying a huge premium just for a “big” name on my downtube.
I’ve still not made up my mind, but I’m 90% there.