Saturday, April 21, 2012

Our new addition

So way back in October, you might remember that I found out my beautiful new Kestrel 4000 was cracked in my crash. I was so disappointed when I found out that I was not going to be getting the exact frame color from before as there were no more 2011s in my size. My new frame finally came about a month ago, and while it is beautiful and sophisticated, I have to admit it wasn't love at first sight.

I mean, I kind of felt like my time with Miss Artemis Blue was cut short, and now this upstart new guy is trying to take her place. At the same time I got my new frame built up I also started to have some saddle issues. (Well, to be honest, it's been going on for a while, but I finally realized I have got to do something about it because 112 miles just isn't happening with the parts protesting that much!) I think the saddle issues combined with my own fears about getting out on the road again after the crash and having a replacement to my bike whose time was cut short caused me to not have an instant bond with the new bike.

But finally, after another AMAZING fit experience with Chad at Geneva Bikes (seriously, if you live within driving distance of Geneva, NY, this is the man to go to...for real, people) and a new saddle, I think the new bike and I have come to a meeting of the minds.

Meet in Mr. Darcy...(sorry for the blurry phone photo and the trainer wheel on the back).

He's the strong silent type. And he's not too shabby on the eyes either. (And now I so need to go watch Colin Firth come out of the lake, but that is a whole other post...)

The blue Oval wheels matched my last bike like a dream, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that now. I might just embrace the look and roll with it, but if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

And the new saddle, the Adamo Breakaway...

I'm really hoping that this new saddle combined with Chad's tweaks on my fit will relieve me of my saddle woes. Otherwise, I'm going to have to start investing in a chamois cream company...

Have a great night!!


  1. Love the new ride!

    And a good excuse to upgrade to upgrade to some new deep carbon wheels too!

    1. I would love to upgrade the wheels, but that is just not in the budget this year!

  2. How exciting!! Very nice looking bike and I don't see anything wrong with the blue wheels at all!
    I just switched to the Adamo Road and after a week or two of adjustment, I can ride for HOURS and no more pain at all. I will never ride another saddle!!
    Be careful


  3. Sweet! I've been drooling over Kestrel's recently as well.

  4. Very nice! Crashes are a bummer! The good thing is that the bike can be replaced and you were alright! Hopefully those changes make it a bit better for you! Amazing what small tweaks can do.

  5. So what's the verdict on the seat???


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