Hey there! Happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s August already. This summer is flying by.
What are you up to this weekend? We desperately need to get groceries so there will be some meal planning and shopping going on over here on Saturday. I’ve also been wanting to take my bike out to some trails but it looks like the weather is not going to cooperate.
Speaking of bikes, I’ve mentioned this here before but I’m thinking of purchasing a road bike sometime this fall. I currently have a mountain bike, which I love riding, but it serves a different purpose than something that’s lighter/faster.
I feel a little conflicted and overwhelmed thinking about this purchase, and maybe someone else out there who has gotten into cycling can relate to this… a bike is a huge investment and I’m on a budget. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I’m not 100% sure I will absolutely love (because I’ve never even ridden a road bike before). But at the same time, I don’t want to purchase the lowest end bike out there, get into it for a few months, and immediately wish I had purchased something a little nicer.
This is kind of what happened with my mountain bike. I enjoy it and it’s a nice bike, but there are many times that I wish I had better components. I don’t want to turn around and upgrade a bike I’ve had for just 2 years, though. Having that experience with my mountain bike really makes me want to do a lot of research and feel 100% confident in my road bike purchase.
Also, I would love to buy something used but I’m wondering if I would be able to find one that fits me well. I’ve been keeping an eye out on Craigslist and a Facebook page for selling bike stuff in Charlotte with no luck so far.
So today, I decided to start at square one. I stopped by a local bike shop and talked to them for a while about where to start with buying a bike. Here are some questions I had:
- How should a road bike fit, especially compared to what I’m used to (a mountain bike)?
- Should I be looking for a women’s specific model?
- Which accessories are necessary and which accessories are more ‘for fun’?
- What price point am I looking at given budget restrictions but also wanting to get something that is not the absolute lowest end?
I really appreciated the employee at the bike shop taking the time to talk to me about everything! We looked at some mid-range bikes and he recommended that I specifically look at women’s bikes given my short torso, short arms and small hands (I’m 5’2”). I sat one of their bikes but didn’t take it for a test ride (I was coming from my work and was wearing scrubs). They have a rental program where you can take a demo bike for the day, and I may look into that later on. I’m starting to look around online and may try to take my first test ride this weekend
If anyone has any thoughts, experiences or advice about purchasing a road bike then please help a sister out!
And quick nutrition note for today
involving something that I briefly touched on in one of my first posts here on G & G. I was recently shopping and saw this wheat bread:
This is a good example of how labeling can be deceiving. I took a look at the nutrition info and saw that enriched wheat flour was the first ingredient of this bread. There is also only 1g of fiber in 2 slices. Look for bread that is 100% whole wheat, has more fiber and lists something like whole wheat flour as the first ingredient.