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New bicycle…

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Got a new bicycle today. Took it out for a ride. Went over the north bridge to Palm Beach, south past the Flagler and back over the middle bridge.

My muscles that haven’t driven a bike in a while, did not like the bridges. But I got over that.

Racked up five miles on the new bike with no problems from the seat or the wrists, although I was beginning to feel it in the wrists.

The mechanical disc brakes worked well.

This thing does have granny gears that are awesome. At times I clocked 4 mph going up the bridges but mostly 5 mph. That was in middle gear on the front and next to low on the back. I imagine I could do like 3 mph in low on the front and medium on the back.

You laugh. I hear you laughing. I don’t hear me laughing. If it gets me over the bridge, it is good.

And I don’t dance on the peddles.

So here are the tech details.

FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, Trail 29″ geometry, fully butted, formed TT, Double ORE DT, externally relieved HT, reinforced disc mount, forged dropouts w/ replaceable hanger, disc only
FORK SR Suntour SF11-XCM-V3-29-DS-MLO, 80mm, 1pc. alloy lower, 30mm Hi-Ten stanchions, mechanical LO, coil/mcu spring w/ preload adj., spring assisted seals
HEADSET 1-1/8″ threadless, loose ball
STEM 3D forged alloy, 4 bolt, 10 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
HANDLEBARS Alloy riserbar, 25mm rise, 8 degree back sweep, 6 degree up
GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm
FRONT BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc, 160mm G2 Clean Sweep rotor
REAR BRAKE Avid BB5, mechanical disc, 160mm G2 Clean Sweep rotor
BRAKE LEVERS Alloy, linear pull
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus, 34.9mm clamp
SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X.4 8sp trigger
CASSETTE SRAM PG-820, 8-speed, 11-32t
CHAIN KMC X8 w/ reuseable Missing Link
CRANKSET SR SunTour, Octalink spline
CHAINRINGS 42S x 32S x 22S replaceable
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68mm x 118mm
PEDALS Composite platform, toe clip compatible, 9/16″ w/ reflectors
RIMS Alex RHD 29″, alloy double wall, pinned w/eyelets, 32h
FRONT HUB Forged alloy, hi/low flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flange, QR, 32h
REAR HUB Forged alloy, mid flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flanges, cassette, QR, 36h
SPOKES 2mm (14g) stainless
FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 29×2.0″, 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 29×2.0″, 60TPI, wire bead
INNER TUBES Schraeder valve
SADDLE Specialized XC, Body Geometry, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers
SEATPOST Alloy two bolt, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDER Alloy QR, nylon washer
NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual
Specifications subject to change without notice.

The thing is a mid-range mountain bike. I got it because I am tired of recumbents and I didn’t want anything that would put too much pressure on my wrists.

I got it because I need to do some miles instead of being seduced by all the wonderful things Google can show you every day.

I also know that Specialized can fit these tires with Armadillo tires. When the factory tires wear out or explode, I can get Armadillos. Broken beer bottles fear them. Nails move out of the way. If Armadillo tires had been invented in the 1700s, they would have prevented witches.


Written by Charles Keefer

July 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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  1. I saw that you had called me while I was probably somewhere over the Panhandle at 30,000 feet.

    Glad you’re back on a human power vehicle again. You’re ready to do some serious mountain climbing with that gearing, but the only mountain in South Florida is the Blue Heron Bridge.

    It’s going to be at least three weeks before I’m back here with a bike to go for a ride with you. By that time, you should have your legs back (or have moved on to your next obsession).

    Ken Steinhoff

    July 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  2. There’s also a short mountain bike trail at Dyer (sp?) Park up near the Beeline, the park they made over a couple of old landfills. It’s not as high as Blue Heron, but steeper. I went up there with Candy Hatcher eons ago and she said she figured that each time she climbed that sucker, it meant she could drink another beer later…

    George P

    July 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

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