In the famous words of Freddie Mercury- I want to ride my bike! I've been riding a bike since I was a kid. I learned pretty quickly after earning a drivers license just how expensive gas is, so I reverted back to my two wheeler for a lot of commuting. I went through mountain bikes and vintage road bikes alike. Growing up in a big city allowed a LOT of choice when it came to buying bikes. We were also blessed with bike lanes on our roads. I have never missed two lines of safe road space more than I do now!
When I finally decided to treat myself and buy a brand new bike I was actually in a bit of a bind. My car was in the shop and I was on two feet, pretty desperate for some wheels. The universe gave me luck though and I ended up in a Liv Bicycle retailer. Liv makes bikes for women. I repeat Liv makes bikes designed for women! Liv is the women-specific brand that is a part of the Giant Bicycle family. That may seem like no big deal to any non-biker or man but let me tell you it is. Having long legs puts me on a bigger men's frame but without the long torso to support it I ended up with constant back pain from too my extension trying to reach those handlebars. I rode for years like this just accepting that no bike was a match for my proportions.
Then I met Liv and I love Liv. I ride a Liv Avail 4 (2016) and you cannot miss me on the road because it is a beautiful baby blue with pink accents. Ever eaten cotton candy? Yep, that's what my bike looks like!
The longer I triathloned the more specifications I made to my wheels. The biggest upgrade being adding my clip-less pedals. Terrifying to start, but oooooh that speed is worth it. Not being able to afford a full blown triathlon bike makes the drooling at pictures that much harder. But realistically my current setup is perfect and I will take to working on my quads for that extra speed.
I have learned there are SO many (too many!) options in the cycling world of extras, tidbits, parts, pieces, changes and modifications you can make to any part of your bike. Sometimes I feel like a total noob when talking to a life-long roadie about their bike. (My "I just like bikes" face comes on.) However, taking it one race at a time and one change at a time keeps that excitement constant throughout my racing years.
My Liv Avail specs:
Frame: ALUXX-grade aluminum
Fork: Aluminum, Alloy OverDrive steerer
Saddle: Liv Connect, forward
Shifters: Shimano Claris
Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris
Brakes: Tektro R312
Brake Levers: Shimano Claris
Cassette: SRAM PG850 11x32, 8-speed
Crankset: FSA Tempo, 34/50
Rims: Giant SR-2
Tires: Giant S-R4, 700x25
Let me know what kind of ride you've got-I'm curious to hear what everyone else grinds gears on!