Roundtail Hybrid Bicycle - July 2012
About a year ago I stumbled across a web article covering a different bicycle design called a Tortola Roundtail. Flipping through the comments at the end of the article people were using words like ugly, terrible, fail, unnecessary, and other such contributions. All I thought was "cool", and then I promptly forgot about it.
In March of this year I was reminded that my employer is encouraging us all to be more active and will reimburse us for qualifying health equipment or activities. As a bicycle was on the approved list I decided to use the health benefit to buy something I would never consider... a Roundtail bicycle *gasp!* After contacting the company and discovering that a) they actually haven't shipped any bicycles, and b) the first mass production series will be a hybrid bicycle and not the road bike everyone has been commenting on, it was decided that they would air freight one of their first production bicycles straight from the factory to my home. I said "sure" and "here's my money".
The wait has been long and the teasing from my friends has been endless, but I am happy to say that I received an email today from Lou Tortola himself saying the bike is en route with a FedEx tracking number. He even sent a photo of the bike shortly before being put in its box. ETA is July 4, 2012.
So, my wait is almost over and I am becoming aware that I am going to be the first person to own one of these different looking bicycles. I figured this is a good opportunity for me to share my thoughts and initial impressions of the bike and answer questions as honest as I can. Keep in mind that I'm just a guy who rarely rides a bike except on weekends down city pathways. I don't race bikes, super-commute, write about bikes, or even have that much of a passion for them. I'm probably the last person to give a technical review about this bike but I'm also average enough that my impressions of the bike will eventually be the general consensus. I won't pull punches but I'm also not going to go all fan-boy about it either.
There you are. See you in a week.