First Rocketship Ride

Today was the first commute day on the new bike.  It wasn’t  nearly as painful as I thought, but it is mostly downhill and I still have to ride it home.


First impressions.

It gets sideways in loose gravel quicker than fat kids eat cake. I’m coming off MTBs with 2.25s on ’em, so I suppose that’s normal and skinny tires are something to which I’ll just have to adapt. The rear derailleur needs adjustment. It’s missing when moving to the smaller cogs. The shop said they wanted to see the bike after about 10 hours of ride time to adjust brakes and shifty bits, so I’ll let them know that then.

It was a dream on pavement, though. It felt like pushing nothing at all. The saddle and bars were comfortable, although I found my right hand falling asleep. Having a whole lot of options on the bars was nice. I rode most of it down in the drops and some of it up on the horns. I’ll figure out what works, and then do that. I also need to invest in some good gloves.

Nothing on Earth is better than hydraulic disk brakes. A little bit too much play in the brake levers, but I can have the shop adjust that, too.

The integrated shifters are gonna be a learning thing for me. I’ve always had triggers for lots of single track quick shifts, so the paddles are going to take a little getting used to. Mostly I need to lighten up on my touch. A couple of times I engaged the brake when shifting, which is a drag (heh!) because when you’re as slow as I am, momentum is everything.

The stock platforms are small and I have really fat feet so I’m going to put my old M505 SPDs on it, as soon as I find a replacement adjustment screw for one of ’em. Which is akin to the Holy Grail, apparently.

Overall, I’m stoked.

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