It’s been a long time coming.
A lot of research, questions, and data to study…
and then there was the quest itself….
Finally the search was over….
Last weekend, we made the 3hr drive to Lafayette, Louisiana to visit Precision Bikes. Mark Miller owns the shop and is quite possibly the best fitter in the region.
And I’m not the ONLY one who thinks so!! Check out this link!
Case in point, my husband has been uncomfortable on The Green Hornet since its arrival. He has been refitted 3 times locally with no success.
Mark had him cozy and ready to nap in about 10 minutes.
No computers, no fancy measurements. Sure he can do all that, but he doesn’t need to. It’s all done with his eyes and hands. That and he actually LISTENS to the person riding the bike!
Technology at its finest!
As for me…well I knew who was going to fit me, I just needed the equipment.
I should’ve known to START here instead of finishing here…..
I’ve been looking at these bikes for over a year and while I love my Cervelo road bike I REALLY wanted a Quintana Roo. I just couldn’t find one locally to get on and test ride. I needed to see if I liked how it felt as much as I thought I would.
As luck would have it, Mark had several in his shop and the Illicito was the “one”.
There is definitely a steep learning curve. I’ve been out twice, this week, for a total of about 55 miles. I’ve already crashed once and had a few near misses. The position is way more aggressive (obviously) and that means handling is paramount. It’s incredibly windy right now and while that’s great for Galveston prep, it’s making for somewhat hazardous riding.
Each day gets a little easier. For now, the goal is to layoff the trainer and stay outside to get more familiar with the bike and how it rides. The endurance part of my 70.3 training is done. I’m comfortable riding for hours, but now I have to get comfortable doing so on a different beast…
The QR is definitely all the marketing folks make it out to be….
Its stiff, responsive, smooth, and just plain fast without having to work at it.
Kinnda nice for a change.
One of the questions I asked Mark was exactly HOW much faster is someone on a tri bike vs a road bike. See, I’ve always been a strong believer in the, “it’s the engine not the machine” philosophy.
His reply, “Lots!”
He did warn me though…..I really wouldn’t see that difference for a while as I need time to get accustomed to the bike.
After riding these past two days, I now know EXACTLY what he means!
Ride Happy, My Friends!