Monday, September 27, 2010

Done Some Riding

Well, I have been riding the carbon bicycle every night since I purchased it, and the verdict is in. I love my bicycle. It is fast, climbs well, and it feels as smooth as butter. I also recently purchased the new Time carbon pedals, and though at first I didn't feel the difference, I now realize they are stiffer and distribute the pedal power more efficiently. I was worried about the swap from Shimano to a new cleat system, but the difference in getting in and out was negligible. I am extremely impressed with Time. They did, however, send me two Right cleats, and thankfully Pedar was there and caught the fact that they are in fact directional releases on the cleat.

Anyhoo, I hope to see you all on the trail really soon. Enjoy the riding season.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Purist in Me Died a Little Today.

I have seen the look in a person's eyes when they get a new bicycle and I have been extremely honored to help facilitate that feeling. I have helped several people get bicycles; The single mom hoping to save money, the Wyoming Technical Institute student who was too broke to pay for a $50 bicycle, the child who wanted something without training wheels, the family who wanted to spend more time together. All the while I was plugging along on my 1996 Bontrager Race Lite, proud that my bike was made of steel, proud that I only had the one gear, proud that I was a purist.

But, as I mentioned in my last blog entry, things change. Well today, the purist in me died a little. The good news is, like an old oak tree, when part of it dies, another part flourishes. I got a new bicycle. Not just any bicycle either.

It is carbon.
It has gears.

It has suspension.

It has disc brakes.

And it is worth every penny. It is the Anthem X Advanced SL 1, and I am happy to say that I love my new bicycle, and I am happy to enter a new stage of my life. Let us call it, the carbon era. Just a side note, apples in the carbon era are so much better than they were in the grumpy old steel era.

Happy Trails.

P.S. I think Jeff likes the new bike too. He slept all day after our ride, and if you know Jeff, you know that is an impressive accomplishment for a fat guy like me.

Photos By Jessica Flock.