I will be honest, I didn’t really like my first bike. The one that I did most of my triathlon training on was a heavy road bike that was not built to be ridden for the amount of time or the miles that I was riding it. I stuck with it because I knew that if I was going to spend more on an upgrade I would have to first love riding and second know that I would continue to ride even after the triathlon.
During my training I came to the realization that I did enjoy cycling and I knew that I would continue to cycle after my triathlon. (I eventually knew that I would do more future triathlons.) Knowing this I began to look at what my future bike would be. I looked at all sites that I could get a bike from including Craigslist, physical stores, online retailers and everywhere in between. I finally found a great price on an almost new Specialized Allez that I knew was too good to pass up. Unfortunately I found this right before the triathlon so I was a little nervous using the bike in a race so soon after getting it but I knew it would be the best decision.
Simply put…I love this bike. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver and provides a much better ride than my previous bike. I am not a competitive cyclist, and don’t expect to be anytime soon, but I wanted a bike that handled better, and rode easier than my other bike and this Specialized Allez accomplishes all of those.
One of my favorite features of the new bike is the Shimano Claris components. I am not that knowledgable about the components and have made it a point to read more about them, but I will tell you this, these components do make the ride easier. The best feature that I have found of these components are the brake handle shifters that are a part of them. These allow my hands to stay in place while I shift. This improvement over my previous bike has added so much to not just my speed but to my comfort as well.
I am looking forward to putting in many more miles on this bike in the coming years. I know that with some improvements (including Aerobars and a new seat post) this bike will become a great bike for me going forward for my future triathlons.