76 days to go: so much road, so little time

First is was the trip to Ottawa. And then it was some stupid test I had to study for (that’s a whole other blog post). And Elliot’s birthday was thrown in there. And a few days of snow.

Nope…there hasn’t been a whole lot of riding in my life. But there has been some, and there will be some more tomorrow. And I’ve been averaging about 17 km/h on my rides, and that’s on my mountain bike without slicks. So it’s not all doom and gloom. I haven’t been able to get much distance in, but I’m slowly getting it higher.

And today I test rode a couple of bikes, another step in the right direction. The first was the Brodie Romulus, and the second was the Brodie Ronin. There is a $350 price difference between the two, the Romulus being cheaper. The Ronin has disk brakes, an aluminum frame and upgraded components. Both bikes felt good…actually great. Before I make any decisions I want to go to at least one more shop, and I also want to have a clearer idea of what kind of bike I want. I’ve been thinking cyclo-cross all this time, but the Romulus isn’t a cyclo-cross bike. Brodie describes it as “their most versatile road bike”…a description I like. On the other hand, the Ronin has nicer parts, parts which will theoretically last longer. On the other hand, I’m not that hard on my bikes. On the other hand, disc brakes would be nice…you can see I have some thinking to do.

I’m hoping to make a decision in the next week or so. The sooner I can get on the bike that I’m actually going to be riding for the race, the better.

And now it’s time for some shut-eye. Tomorrow will be a two hour ride and I need all the help I can get.