Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Road vs. Tri

My road bike is getting some love and care this week, so I've been commuting on my tri bike. All I can say is that it is not nearly as fun to bike commute on a tri bike. Here are a few of my observations.


  • Aero bars do not mix with bike commuting. I tried using them the other day just for fun and got whacked in the head by my messenger bag.
  • My coffee spills all over my tri bike. I'm going to show up to race this weekend with coffee all over the Kestrel (this would however be cleaner than the image above) SWEET!
  • Shifting is a pain (bar-end shifters) when climbing the hill by the pool. So this week I just did not shift. This is probably good for me.
  • Attaching the front light to the aero bar proves awkward. The rear light doesn't have a chance because of the bottle holders that carry fluid for a small army on the back.
  • I have gotten quite a bit of practice mounting the tri bike with my shoes attached to it this week. Nothing like running and jumping onto your bike barefoot, pedaling down the street a ways, then trying to weasel feet into shoes while the messenger bag threatens to unbalance the entire ecosystem that is my carefully balanced commuting vehicle.
  • And despite all of this, I am grateful I have two bikes so I can still ride to work this week!

12 comments:

ADC said...

Yay for bike commuting. I love it. Especially riding back home past 10 pm when I can whizz around London streets. Love it!

Maggs said...

Just think of all the good bike handling skills you are getting trying to balance coffee, bag and putting shoes on while riding.

Beth said...

I once tried to ride my tri bike with a messenger type bag and I nearly killed myself. Balance never was my strong point!!! :) I am so impressed with your bike commuting. One of these days I'll figure out how to make it work for me too. :)

t-odd said...

When you can do all that and talk on your cell phone while smoking a cigarette - then I will be impressed. Nah, I am pretty impressed already. Way to keep bike-commuting.

D said...

I wish I could bike commute to work, but the distance from my bedroom to my living room is just too short.

Hooterville Mayor said...

Treat yourself to a genuine commuter type bike and save the wear and tear on yer roadie. Get something with 28 or even 32 tires, fenders, and a nice rear rack.
Commuting life will be sooooo much easier for you, and as a bonus, when you get back on yer roadie, you will absolutely FLY down the road with the same output!

Mama Simmons said...

Oh I'm totally with you... road bikes are so much easier to handle!

Good luck this weekend! What a fun race to be doing... :)

Caroline said...

Please whatever you do, DO NOT give up the coffee! Kestrel will forgive you ;) I love that starbucks finally made a big big mug. Is it bad that it holds 20oz's and I probably drink 3 of them?! (good thing I make it half decaf, half full fuel)

Alaskan Assassin said...

I say quit your job then you would not have to ride your bike anymore. Then you could just run in the hills all day every day!

It is kind of cool reading Tri and biker blogs. I always just kind of thought all bikes were the same. I did not realize how specialized they are. Kinda cool to learn about.

Is your friend still running SD 100next month??

Running and living said...

Perfecting those juggling skills! Hope you road bike "gets better" soon! Ana-Maria

Snakebite said...

You gots to have a commuter! (justification for getting a new bike!)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Keepin' you on your toes, so to speak :-)