Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My new Trek!

We went to Metro Bicycles on the Upper East Side (88th and Lex) yesterday to put deposits on our new bikes. We both lucked out and were able to purchase the bike we wanted in last years model which saved an extra $100 each! We worked with the Assistant Manager, CJ, and he was great! We stopped in last week and knew he was the right person to work with. He was honest and open about the bikes and is a cyclist himself (only working at the bike shop because he loves bikes!). If you're looking for a bike in NYC I highly recommend you visit CJ at Metro Bicycles!

I'm now the proud owner of 1/3 of a 2008 Trek 1.2 (it's on layaway until Sunday)! You can read all the specs here on the Trek website. It's not a women's specific bike, but it still felt great and seemed to fit me well. There are a couple of minor differences between the men and women's bikes. The women's bikes have a narrower handle bars, a slightly different saddle (seat) and typically it is a shorter distance from the saddle to the handlebar (for an easier reach). If I was buying a 2009 model I would probably have picked the women's specific bike but I didn't think the difference was the worth the extra $100. Plus, the women's bikes always come in cutesy colors like magenta and creamsicle. My new bike is black and red - looks hard core huh?!

If you are thinking of buying a road bike and would like help picking between a man and women's bike, I recommend this article from Bicycling. It is a great explanation of the differences between a men/unisex bike and a women's specific bike.

We'll be paying the balance and picking up our new bikes on Sunday. I can't wait!

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