Here come the rains

cannondale_six_carbon_5Well, after these last few days of absolutely beautiful weather, Missouri has reared its ugly head and has sent us rain. It's about time, too. We haven't had a good rain or snow in a few weeks, and the last time it did snow, it didn't really stick around for very long. Saturday, I decided to finally take my studded tires off of my bike, and only put them on for days that it is forecast for it to snow. Thankfully, the studded tires have stretched a bit (or something) and are much easier to get on and off than they were when they were new. It hasn't rained in a couple of months, so it will be nice to get out and get wet. The best part is that I don't have to worry too much about staying warm as the temps today are starting out at about 45f and should be getting up into the upper 50's or 60's. I may actually have a problem keeping cool! I guess the thing that I'm looking forward to the most is seeing all the goofy looks drivers give me when they pass me in the rain. I guess people just can't get used to the idea that anyone would want to ride their bike in the rain!
I have finally convinced Holly that I need a nice road bike in addition to my (slow, fat) hybrid. Right now, I'm looking at the Cannondale SIX Carbon 5. I'm really excited to get this bike. With this, I could make it to St. Joseph and back in the same day, easy! I really like my hibrid commuter, but it is definately not set up for speed. With the Cannondale, I'll need to get pedals & shoes for it, and that is going to be an adventure. To get the right shoes, one really needs to try them on before buying them (especially bike shoes), but the local bike store in town has exactly zero shoes to choose from. So no trying shoes on for me. I'll just have to order on the internet & hope they fit and fit right. Good thing I don't really care what they look like! Hopefully, I'll be able to get some pedals with a platform on one side so I can use regular tennis shoes with it until I get the right bike shoes.

Now I just need to go to the bike shop and talk to Randy to find out if this bike will be a decent fit for me. Unfortunately, this shop has abotu 4 bikes in the shop and only one of them is a road bike so there is no possibility of riding the bike before I buy it... Hopefully I'll be able to get measured today to see if this bike has a frame that will fit me. If so, I'll be good to go. If not, well it'll be back to the drawing board for me. At least I'll know what size frame I'll need though...

Once the weather starts getting nicer, I should be able to start riding and training more. Thankfully, this semester is not as bad as the last, and once summer rolls around, I should have a little more time (hopefully!) to do even more training. It will probably be in the mornings, though, so I'll need to get some good lights & reflectors!