Now I have to admit to having some pre-conceived notions about carbon bikes, or aluminum for that matter. I've wholly adopted the opinion that for most purposes a classic steel bike (preferrably lugged) is the right way to do biking... so this week will be a fun opportunity to see how the other half lives and experience the light weight road-machine world of carbon fibre, STI 'brifters', 10 Speed, and of course drop handlebars.
My first quick ride-around upon arrival was a harbor-side trip and here are my first reactions;
-Light weight... wow! This seems to me to give you much quicker acceleration than I"m used to and makes it easier to handle the bike when you are stopped.
-STI 'brifters' are really cool
-My arms from the elbow down were sore immediately and getting numb from the drop bars
-San Diego has some great bike trails on its waterfront!
Lots more coming this week, I hope to get out every day even if it is fairly late in the evenings.
6.85 Miles (442.9 miles annually)
15/18 (Bike Commute/Available Days)
8 Max consecutive work days commduting by bike
A couple glamor shots of the Carbon Steed... lots of fighting with the Nikon wireless transmitter to make this happen... hope you like them!
|10 Speed Brifters... both a first for me, and both a winner in the first outing.|
|I couldn't just leave well enough alone, the MKS Grip Kings came with me (along with my Vetta Saddle but that hasn't been installed yet), I wonder if this is the only carbon bike with these big platform pedals installed in San Diego...?|
|In all her glory.... Raleigh Revenio 1.0|