So... a little more on the bike.
The deal on Craigs*ist fell through, as the did the *bay auction for the '06 models. But all was good with that because neither were the right size for me. After I went to the shop to try a few on, I knew I needed a 51 in the Trek even a 50 in some of the others! The only thing small about me is my bike size. LOL
The excitement of the potential 'deal' got to both "Santa" and I and we started looking... really looking. That's where the trouble starts. LOL
I complied a spreadsheet of all the componenents of each of the bikes I was considering. I was looking for a decent, step-up from entry level, tri bike without going to carbon. Then I came across this closeout 2008 Trek Equinox 7 - WSD and as soon as I sat on it I knew it was right compared to the others I "tried on". The PBM (personal bike mechanic aka "Husband") reviewed the features, and true to his engineering-self, highlighted the matrix's more desireable componenets, and for the buck, the bang from the Equinox was best.
I will preface the following with, I am not a gear head. I leave that to my PBM and I just get on it and ride. :) The components are a "tri mix" of Shimano 105 and Dura-ace, which are a step up from my Specialized Allez Vita. It also has the Profile Aerolite aerobars I had been looking at. And while I don't think my sexy red Rolf Vector Comp wheels entirely match the bike, I hope the Bontragers it's riding on will be comparable. I realllly liked my old wheels.
The bike is mainly Trek's Alpha Red Aluminum, with a few carbon pieces. the ARA is just their premium aluminum.
Anyway, I go back tonight to get fitted and bring my baby home. I think I shall name her... but what?
Leave your suggestions and if I choose yours, I'll send you a free gift. :)