New Bike Love
Being a practical person, it’s hard for me to justify this next post. I can only say logic, or any kind of practicality, had little to do with my decision to buy a cyclocross bike.
I’ve wanted a ‘cross bike for a while now–but I don’t race, and I already have a mountain bike and a road bike. Having a third seemed truly extravagant. But then Heather started talking about doing the mythical D2R2 this summer, and I started to let the lusty idea of a third bike work on me. I invited Heather along to the LBS to encourage me–because I’m really good at denying myself material things, and something told me I’d need a devil on my shoulder to go all the way (yes, Heather is a perfect little devil).
I test rode three bikes, all Specialized: The Tricross, The Tricross Sport, and the CruX. I really thought I wanted the CruX–it’s more of a racing bike and it’s got a snappy color scheme and just looks fast and fun. They didn’t have one that fit well, which really influenced my opinion of the ride. In the end I went for the Tricross Sport–a step up from the standard Tricross with the same components I enjoy in my Specialized Dolce Elite Road bike.
Now the Tricross is safely living in my bedroom. I do everything short of tucking it in at night. It’s definitely my new baby. I finally got the Shimano 520 clipless pedals on it, and cannot wait to tackle the gravel roads of Franklin County as I contemplate the next big adventure.