Before you can ride off into the sunset, or anywhere else for that matter, on your new bike there is the process of getting it put together. If you buy the bike new form a bike shop then most of this work will be done by the shop. There is nothing like an email or message telling you that your bike has arrived and is awaiting assembly. I usually can't help myself and drive into town for a little new bike therapy. I've got a few pictures of my latest bike which is a 58cm Cannondale Slice Time Trial bike, that I bought from Wes and Kylie at West End Bike Hub in Wangaratta, being assembled ready for pick up.
I reckon it's pretty accurate to say that a Time trial bike takes more time to build than your average road bike due to the aerobar set up and internal cabling and I'm suggesting this build probably took Wes at least half a day or maybe longer as I talked him into taking some of these photos to use in this story. The first ride I had on the bike blew me away and I could not wipe the smile off my face I was so excited about how fast it went compared to my road bike. I would not have believed the difference until I experienced it for myself. But I do remember after doing my first 36km TT a couple of months ago that it may not be quite that much fun after all. There is no doubt about it TT's hurt but they are also addictive and for me every time I get on it I want to go faster. Below is the bike complete with a second hand rear disc from an ex triathlete in Brisbane courtesy of ebay. I'm yet to ride it with the disc but can't wait to see what difference it makes. Also those of you who are observant may notice different aerobars courtesy a bike fit with Steve Hogg.