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And the baby has a name.

See, I was quite certain she was a female bike, even though there's nothing in her geometry or equipment that says so - she's just a small-sized roadbike, and most roadbikes are built for, or at least ridden by, men.

Actually, my tendency to name my bikes at one point completely derailed our nice but very talkative Local Bike Shop Guy (who's an ex-racer himself and who was clearly happy to sell something that isn't a mountain bike or electric city bike for a change) because all the while I kept mentioning Randy he thought I was referring to my wife rather than to the slightly dirty green bike of awesomeness parked outside.

Anyway, so this one had to fit at the end of the phrase "Sithbike, Randy, and...". So, three to four syllables, right? Maybe androgynous since there's nothing girl-specific about her. A bit aggressive. Cute. Mediterranean. And something that goes with the fact that one of her components is labelled, very legibly, "Centaur".

Andromache: "she-who-battles-with-men" in Greek, which makes perfect sense for a bike that will be used in triathlons which are still a pretty male-dominated sport. Also, can be shortened handily to Andy. Heh. Randy & Andy.

Yes, she's carbon. Yes, I'm a little embarrassed to think about how much she cost, but she was a showroom bike so we got her at a 10% discount. And the Local Bike Shop Guy totally wanted a picture of my grinning face as I rolled back into the courtyard after taking her for a tiny spin on the hill at the back of the shop. It really was love at first ride, and the token test ride on an aluminium roadbike afterwards couldn't sway me.

I never ever thought I could even ride a roadbike. Much less enjoy it.

Now, after 40K of our usual training route, I can say that yes, I do enjoy it. Heh. Me. Little old me. On a roadbike. Going damn fast. Seriously, I can go 3-5 kilometers per hour faster on the flat bits than on Randy, without expending any more energy. And Randy already has a Shimano 105 roadbike group so the gears are the same. It's all in the position, baby. Colour me amazed.

Also, this one is very Italian, to the point of having a little Italian flag on her butt, and, naturally, coming equipped with Campagnolo Centaur components. Which meant getting a little lecture from Local Bike Shop Guy about how to shift these because like most people, I'm used to Shimanos. Turns out Campagnolos are amusingly fuzzy - yes, you can shift a gear up or down as you normally would, but you can also shift two up or down on the rear dérailleur if you feel like it, and the front one will also happily take 0.3 of a gear, which means the noise and friction of cross-chaining is a thing of the past because you can just nudge that pesky front dérailleur out of the way if necessary.

The thing that will take me a bit of getting used to is the click pedals. Actually being attached to the bike is less scary than I thought it would be; mind you, we chose plain SPD pedals like the ones used on mountain bikes because they can be set to be really easy to get out of. Still, on my first ride I pulled the required beginner stunt and fell over sideways in slow motion because I'd failed to unclip the foot I was going to put down. :)

But eee, I'm riding a big girl bike now... *wibbles*


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