I’m taking a step back for 2011. I’ve been racing and training consistently for the past 10+ years. I made it to Category 1, raced Elite Nationals, and had a great time with great teammates. Each year for the past 10 I’ve gotten a new team race bike: Trek 5500 (3), 5900 (2), Madones (3) then Scott Addicts (2). This year, because of my “retirement”, I decided that I was going to buy my “ultimate” bike. I talked with a couple of people about options and what I intend to use it for and ended up going with a Ti S&S Coupler race bike. Fully loaded with SRAM RED and HED Stinger’s it’s just over 16lb.
Ti has a bit of a bad name from the mid-90s “noodles” that were out there, but from what I rode recently I was pretty confident I’d be ok. Geoff at BARON Bicycles worked with me to make sure the ride was stout and it’s turned out just great. He even let me design the paint-scheme. I’m sold on the wide-rim concept so I’m going to roll clincher HED Ardennes for most riding and bring out the Stingers for racing – I’m taking a step back…not FULLY retiring 😉
More to come as I get more miles on the new BARON. If you’re interested in ordering one for the holidays or putting that bonus check to work – Geoff can help you out: Contact BARON.