We got there a little before 10, found a rockstar spot across the street from the shop and right next to a great little coffee shop called Opus. They had great coffee and espresso drinks made with beans roasted right in the shop. They also served a tasty (primal friendly) chicken salad over mixed greens for lunch among other, not so primal choices. If you were not trying to be good, they also had tons of amazing looking baked goods, paninis, and granola also made right in house. Seriously, I could not think of a better way to spend the day than going back and forth between the bike shop and the coffee shop!! Mark (aka TriDadOfFive) joined us for lunch and did his best to try to break me with a chocolate chip cookie to no avail...
Oh, Mark, I am a strong one.
Anyway, while my new bike was being built by Matt, who seemed a little nervous with all of the picture taking going on, Erika was scoping out the tri bikes for herself.
I'm not exactly sure if Erika had planned on actually buying a bike today, but before long she was in the fit studio on a sweet little Giant which just happened to make it on top of the Trimommy-mobile and back to Syracuse this afternoon. Yay for new bikes!!
So towards the end of lunch, I kept anxiously checking my watch to see if it was my turn. Finally 12:30 rolled around and we walked back across the street to the shop to see how the new one fit.
Now let me just say right here that Chad is AMAZING!! The Geneva Bike Center is known far and wide for the quality of their bike fittings, and Chad is their go-to guy. He has years of experience and really understands how the body works and how to fit the bike to the body instead of fitting the body to the bike. One of the things he reiterated over and over to us today was that no matter what the quality of your bike is, entry-level or high-end, it is the fit that ensures speed, comfort, and easy running of off a tri bike. I was so impressed with his depth of knowledge of physiology, body and bike mechanics. I felt like I learned a lot today about the importance of a good fit and the why behind that importance.
For my fit, he started by seeing how I stood barefoot and how my feet hold the load of my body. Then he had me lie on a table where he tested my flexibility and symmetry throughout my lower body and back. With this and my athletic history, my distance focus, the average mileage I ride per year, my height and weight, and any injuries I might be dealing with, he was able to, in his words, "paint a picture" of me as a rider.
Mark, who offered to take his shirt off,
took his leave as Chad checked my feet...that is why I look so stiff.
Then it was time to get on the bike...finally!! Right at that moment, my stomach gave a nervous flip. What if she didn't work for me? What if she was uncomfortable? What if we weren't a good match?
My face says it all, right? After a few tweaks, she felt amazing!
I couldn't help but admire the two of us in the mirror with Buttercup looking on. I'm sure even she feels good about the whole thing, no seat and all.
And so I present to you, in all her glory, my new Kestrel 4000 Pro SL.
Miss Artemis Blue
She is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals. She is strong, she is sexy, she is fast, and she is all mine!