Silent notes made audible... and visible.
Earlier today, hit the streets for the very first time in mild weather testing. I'm at once getting acquainted and getting feedback for my fitter and mechanic. Will return to the shop in 30 days with notes and have 'em fine tune this bad boy. Surprisingly, the initial fit is very close. But additional mileage will have a lot to say about that. Especially at the end of rides. I bought aero clip-ons but will wait before I throw 'em on.
It was a pedestrian 17 miles - starting, stopping, looking, listening and feeling for most of it.
: : Ride
Not knowing what to expect and fearing the worse (harsh), the ride is surprisingly comfortable yet taut. I really took to liking the Conti 4000s on the previous machine. The S5 came with Vittoria Diamante Pro Light 700x23 slick thread. I like slick. "25's" would increase comfort further but simply would not fit. The saddle - COBB Gen2 - is making a contribution here as well. It's design addresses the sit bones to the rear. And the nose of the seat slopes down to prevent numbness and/or tingling.
: : Comfort
Nothing about the bike is out of reach or too scrunched up. Standing, sitting, leaning, cruising or jumping on it for a quick burst of speed, all of my limbs and torso seem well positioned for operations.
: : Call & response
This bike will have you ride with purpose. I find it very responsive; stable. I could use a bit more time getting acclimated - handles well but could mislead one into believing it's twitchy. And this gets back to my original statement about purpose. It simply wants something to do and awaits instruction from its operator. If you're going to get on the bike and dilly-dally, you could do that at home. No-no, this bike is itching for a scratch and simply sends gentle reminders it wants to perform just for you.
In one stretch of unblocked buildings on the route, I was surprised by a gust of wind blasting from the side - it moved me off the line and almost in to traffic. But just as quick as I got in trouble, I got out without overly compensating. The same impact on the Schwinn would have mattered less due to the heavier steel and not having a broadside bottom tube. At this writing, so far, so good - when I ask this machine to do something, the response has been very satisfying.
Still no digital cam in sight... but don't let that stop us from sharing pizza & pictures on bicycle-fi!
Edited by Silent One - 9/8/13 at 8:44pm