Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-09, 01:24 PM   #1
Breathegood
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Breathegood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Bikes: '09 Gary Fisher "Kaitai, '09 Raleigh Team", '91 Trek 8700, '97 Cannondale SR500, '12 Raleigh Twin Six
Posts: 332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New bike, new office, back to commuting

I've never been much of a rec rider, but I was a dedicated bicycle commuter for about six years. I had an 18 mile ride each way that was almost entirely on a dedicated mult-use path. I rode nearly five days a week year round. Three years ago, my company moved to a new office location that had no safe or practical routes to ride. Now my company has moved again and I've found a safe 19 mile route. Feels good to be on the bike again.

My wife recently expressed interest in a new bicycle so we went on the hunt for something comfortable and practical for her. She ended up with a Specialized Globe "Carmel". In the process of dusting off my Cannondale "SR500" road bike so that I could ride with her, I found the elastomer in the headshok to be toast. I took it to a Cdale dealer only to get bad news. No replacement parts exist for my bike....looks like the shock will be locked out from now on. Anyway, while I was at the dealer, I asked if I could try out the Gary Fisher "Kaitai" they had in my size. It now graces my stable and will be my primary commuter.

The new commuter: So far, all I've done is upgrade the seatbost to a Bontrager carbon post, but I think it's going to get carbon handlebars real soon. The suspension fork is good for low frequency-high amplitude damping, but doesn't do much for the high frequency-low amplitude vibrations that make your hands tired. It's not as fast or agile as the road bike, but I can ride it all day without feeling abused and beat up.


The roadbike: It's a shame about the headshok. I've equiped this bike nicely with Bontrager Select wheels, Bontrager Race X-Lite handlebars, carbon seatpost, and Ultegra components.


The old pack mule: This bike started out as my wife's hybrid. She never road it, and I started putting all the take-off parts from the Cdale on it. A carbon fork and aero bars make it comfortable, fast, and it can haul a lot of stuff.
Breathegood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:32 AM.