LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In less than three months, Arkansas' biggest bike race will hit the streets in and around Little Rock. THV 11 is proud to sponsor this year's Big Dam Bridge 100, and we wanted to show our commitment to the race. For the next few months, I will train for, and eventually ride in, the bike race on September 27. Now, riding 100 miles for me will be a tough assignment, but I can tell you I am determined, excited, and ready to roll.
I am by no means a serious cyclist. I have a bike, I like to ride, but riding 100 miles is a different story. With less than three months to train for the Big Dam Bridge 100, I needed a little help, so I brought my old-school ride to the experts at Chainwheel Bike Shop in Little Rock.
I'm going to say this is probably close to 30 years old," said Bruce Thalheimer, with the Chainwheel Bike.
Bruce Thalheimer and Patrick Barron own Chainwheel, a fixture in the Little Rock cycling community. When it comes to riding 100 miles, sentimental value is not a good quality in a bicycle, so the guys at Chainwheel were nice enough to loan me a state-of-the-art road bike to help me make it to the finish line.
"The bike is a fine bike in its day, but it's not its day anymore. The technology has changed so much over the past years that when we get him on a new bike it's going to not only be much lighter, but it's going to feel better," added Thalheimer.
These days buying a bike is like buying a suit. It's all about the fit.
"It's kind of like we were talking about earlier, what suit do you wear? You don't just grab one off the rack and wear it out that day or that night. It has to be tailored, and then it looks better and feels better, and it's your suit," explained Barron.
"Once we have the exact measurements that he's good with, we'll take that and match it with a stock bike so we'll be ready to go," said Thalheimer.
"A 100-mile ride is all about sustainable power, and enough training and being in the right position and using the right nutrition you can do it, but those three things all have to work together," concluded Barron.
Over the course of the next 90 days, we will follow my training for the Big Dam Bridge 100, covering everything from equipment to nutrition to the race itself. We'll be tracking my progress here on the air, and on twitter using the hashtag #PhilBikes100.
Keep following this story because, thanks to Chainwheel Bike Shop, we'll also be giving away a bike at the end of it all. More details on that will come out in the next few weeks.