The Lemond Chambery was my first new bicycle purchase in about 25 years. I got it on advice from a trainer I was working with at the time. She was helping me get ready for a marathon and suggested I mix up my workouts with some bike riding.
I had an old steel Basso so I retrieved it from the garage and took it out on the road. The wheels were crooked, the brakes didn’t work very well and it was geared all wrong.
The next day I dropped into my local bike shop and test rode the Lemond. It had these strange new STI shifters and carbon forks, chain stays and seat stays. It was light, fast and nimble. I fell in love with it on the very first ride and bought it on the spot.
I rode it so much that I began to neglect my running and eventually, I became a bike fanatic. Yeah, I ran in a couple more marathons but I was also doing long bike rides. I rode the Lemond on a bunch of STPs (205 mile ride from Seattle to Portland) one of them I did with my pal, Brandon, in one day.
After a few years, I started yearning for something more from bicycling. I’ve been a hiker and climber for most of my life, and in my youth I did a bit of touring. As great as the Lemond was, there was no way it was going to carry more than a tire patch kit and a couple of water bottles. I began perusing the ads for a touring bike.
That’s when I found my present ride, a Trek 520. Since then I’ve ridden my Lemond less and less, until now, I bet I haven’t ridden it 400 miles in the last 2 years.
I took it out this morning for a jaunt to the post office. It was a short ride, 10 miles, but boy was it fun. The Lemond is as fast and responsive as I remember, maybe more so. I’ll be storing it during my around the world trip so I can jump on it for one of those great spring rides about June of 2014.