New commuter: Giant Seek 1
First Impressions: commuted on the bike for the first time today. Commute is 12 miles each way. Bike is sick looking! Almost no graphics on it. I've been riding my road bike with backpack for the past six months and really like having a rack and panniers. I was considerably less sweaty this morning. About five miles of the commute is on the sidewalk and this bike rides a lot better than the road bike on the sidewalk. The Alfine hub is very nice. Whisper quiet. No noise even when coasting. Disc brake are good. Will come in handy in the rain. The last two gears seem a little steep for a hybrid. Need to be going 24+ mph for a comfortable cadence for me. Good for downhill but I live in Florida. I need to get a new seat but I've never bought a bike with a seat I liked stock anyway. Handlebars are super wide but thats any easy fix. I really like the bigger tires (700 x 32) for the rough parts. It has Ergon type grips which I've never used but really like. Will be putting some on my mountain bike. It took me 3 more minutes than my average time on the raod bike but it wasn't my slowest time. overall I really like it so far.
And yes that is my super cool office