I had had the Coyote as my dry-weather training bike for some time, but it had always been a bit short in the top
tube for me. So since I was working at a Trek dealer bike shop, I decided to take advantage of the staff price
and bought myself a new frame with the same geometry as my race bike - Trek have been building Lemonds for
some years now. Most of the parts came across from the old bike, but I did get some nice new bits too - the
saddle, seatpost, bar and stem. The only frustration was that the bike had been built with a headtube extended by
a centimeter - I guess to suit old blokes who have to have the handlebars high. I rode it like that for a few months
before deciding it was no good - 10mm may not be much, but it really bothered me when swapping between my
other bikes. So I carefully performed a little surgery on the frame to trim the unwanted height off. Much better!
The fit is now within a couple of millimeters of my race bike, so perfect for training.
Update: Sadly I had to say goodbye to this one in November 2005 when I decided to upgrade to the
Titanium 'Tete de Course'. Lovely bike, but even I couldn't justify two such frames.....
Fast training rides, commuting when I don't have stuff to carry. Even the occasional race!