Now that I committed to riding, the next step was finding the perfect bike. Knowing that my intentions were to ride at least three to four times a week, about 10 miles a ride, I immediately gravitated toward a road bike.
Schwinn makes an excellent women’s road bike, so I decided to get the Fastback 3. It is a women’s specific bike, and based on my size, 5’2”, I knew I would need a small version. The frame is lightweight aluminum, so I could also easily load and unload it from my vehicle.
The 24-speeds would allow me to easily change/adjust the intensities of my workout (be all Fast and Furious and stuff), but let’s be real, they also provide for a much needed reprieve when I am doing hills or other more challenging terrain.
The saddle is also specifically designed for women to provide comfort on those longer rides that I would build up to.
So I went ahead and ordered the bike. Within a few days it arrived and was set up. One of my co-workers Ben assisted in building it out for me. Check out this step by step photo slideshow we did of Ben setting up the Fastback 3 below.
He also helped with fitting to me. This is an important part of the cycling set up process. You want to make sure your seat is at the right height, your bars are adjusted, and of course you have the right amount of air in the tires. Ben suggested that I want to keep 90 psi in the front tire and 100 psi in the back tire. He also said to check them after every couple of rides to keep me riding smoothly.
He was great about replacing my clip-in pedals, with regular sport bike pedals. Clipping-in is a goal I will work up to and one that this lady was not about to do on her first voyage out. Call it intimidation; I just say it is smart. I want to get a feel for my bike—get comfortable with different riding conditions/experiences—and then I will start clipping-in. Watch for a future post on clipping-in!
This picture about sums up my excitement for this bike. I felt like I was a child again and it was late December. Man am I stoked!!!