Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Bikes in the Family


I've been meaning to put up a post about my new bike for a while...

Please enjoy the Specialized Transition Expert.  In this case it is shown with my Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels but it came with Roval Fusee Star wheels (which are pretty awesome wheels for training and are on my road bike right now.)  It would also normally have Speedplay pedals on it but I have them on my other bike at the moment as well.

The Vision Aerobars are pretty nice, comfy and fast looking...

The Vision brakes are razor thin which reminds you not to use them very often....

The whole bike is incredibly aerodynamic - I haven't seen a bike this narrow before.  When I look down at the top tube it is WAY narrower than I am used to - pretty awesome.

The rear brake is placed down by the bottom bracket - for aerodynamics...

The bottle cage between the aerobars is the cheapest, coolest, improvement in aerodynamics you can make (actually I have no idea if that is true but let's go with it....)  Get four cable ties, a bottle cage (the Specialized Rib Cage is perfect), lay the cage between the aerobars, zap, zap, zap, zap presto!  No more reaching down, no more bottle & cage down there in the wind, it is now tucked between your forearms and in front of your crotch OUT of the wind.  It is also super convenient to use from this location.


I'd like to draw your attention to the Bike Gallery sticker....  Stephen Kim down at the Bike Gallery has hooked me up hugely, he connected me with Specialized, and has been a huge supporter of me and my goals for a long time.  His shop is the perfect combination of great bikes, great knowledge and excellent personalized service.  I highly recommend you check it out...

There was also a birthday around these parts a little while back...  Viggo got his first bike!  It is a fire engine red Radio Flyer.  I expect the drivetrain to last for years - it is extremely low maintenance.

You wouldn't want to be a kitchen cabinet in our house these days...  the V-man has a ways to go with his bike handling...

But he has a few good teachers...

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9 comments:

Ryan Denner said...

I have the same brake handles... good point about reminding yourself not to use them!

Myself, I am so over the profile aero drink... I need to do the same on my bike!

Vincent said...

that bike is pretty much sex on wheels! I'm pretty jealous, I really gotta get out there and try out the TT bikes for my purchase.

MJ said...

I hear you... I had the aerodrink and HATED it.

1. It looks bad.
2. It spills too often.
3. Mine never sat straight which caused it to (see #1 and #2.)

This set-up is firm. That thing is not moving and it looks pretty awesome (in my opinion.)

Cheers,

James Greenwood said...

Sweet ride MJ - Ready to rock Alcatraz now, big time!

MJ said...

Actually, I am planning to do Alcatraz on my road bike (with clip-on aerobars) - apparently the hills on the bike course make it a better choice... (ouch... gonna hurt!)

rUntoNamAste said...

Wow, what an awesome looking bike!
And I'm really impressed with baby V's ride as well.

Missy said...

That bike is hawwwwt. Very nice! I have the same vision set and razor blades for brakes (I love them). I like the bottle set up. I hate the little spongy thing that pops out all the time.

runninggunner said...

Sweet looking rides. Can't believe how thin the Transition is.

alfie said...

Nice wipp!!! Looks Fast!!