Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cannondale SuperSix EVO 105

2017 Cannondale SuperSix EVO 105.After spending more than 6 months on stationary bike spinning pedals every single day and after putting our real Cannondale Synapse on a trainer we thought that we’re ready to get back on a pair of real bicycles. As I said we’ve already had one very good cycling machine from a couple of years back, so we needed to expand our current road bike collection by one more unit.

Shimano breaks.I did some research and with my mind made up we visited our favorite local bike store. The owner — Allen — was in and he is our favorite guy to work with. I had my heart set on 2017 Cannondale SuperSix EVO 105 racing road bike. And what do you know — they had the exact model in my size handing on display. I took it for a spin around the block and I knew I wanted it.

Shimano components.For future reference I want to attach some pricing information — as it turned out to be useful this time around. The MSRP on this particular bicycle was $2,199 without pedals until very recently when Cannodale dropped it to $1,999 several weeks ago. Allen sold it to us for $1,700 with pedals included. Essentially this is aluminum price territory of CAAD12.

Clip-in side of the pedal.So as it becomes clear from all of the above SuperSix is top of the line carbon frame from Cannondale’s racing line fitted with Shimano 105 componentry. It’s as stiff as CAAD12, but does absorb more shock from the road. Our Cannondale Synapse was more of an endurance bike and we had it refitted and adjusted for Alёna free of charge by our shop.

Platform.As for the pedals — I went for something similar that I had before. This particular pedal has a clip-in mechanism on one side and a platform for any other shoe on the other. Since I haven’t ridden on a bike with cleats in a long time I wanted to have this option. Now we just have to stick with this and put some serious miles on these bikes.

Some stickers removed. Work in progress.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Bicycle Riding

Arosha riding his bicycle.A couple of months ago we finally bought Arosha a bicycle. We kept meaning to buy it for each of his birthdays for several years now, but every time we would go to Toys ‘R’ Us to try one Arosha kept having a hard time figuring out pedals. However in the beginning of this summer we noticed that he pulled out some old tricycle that my parents had and had no issues with pedaling.

So we went to a local cycling shop — the place where we bought our own bicycles and picked him out the biggest kid bike that he felt comfortable on — Specialized Hotrock 20. Obviously we had the shop install training wheels since Arosha has never ridden a bike.

Training wheels make riding very clumsy. Arosha got a hang of it and was having a bunch of fun. Two days ago though we were watch Shark Tank TV show and saw somebody present a little bike for little kids with no pedals at all. Little kids start with that and they learn to hold balance. We got inspired by that and took off training wheels off Arosha’s bike.

We went outside and I ran with him around the field for about 15 minutes for him to try to hold balance. I was holding him by his shoulder and he was pretty wobbly. Eventually I just ran out of breath and had to take a break. I told him to just try to push himself off with one foot while pushing on the pedal with another. He looked like a fish out of water. Falling, unable to even hold bike steady while standing still.

I thought that he will just give up and we’ll have to put training wheels back on. But he kept trying and trying and trying. In another 15 minutes he managed to actually launch himself, put both feet on the pedals and started going. Just going by himself. I was amazed. He kept circling around the field with zero support from us. My eyes started to tear up — I was so proud.

He spent the rest of the evening stopping, launching himself and riding around. He still needs quite a bit of practice, but he totally figured it out. What a present he gave to himself 2 days before his 5th birthday. I still can’t believe he figured it out in under 30 minutes. He kept riding up to me and asking — “You can’t believe your eyes, right?”
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cannondale CAAD9-5

Cannondale CAAD9-5, Shimano 105.Today we picked up my new road bike — Cannondale CAAD9-5, all Shimano 105 componentry.

Rear part of the frame.We spent a bit less than 2 hours in the shop where they were fine tuning the bike for me, giving me some more training with using shoes with cleats and so on. I have to say that the shop is getting the highest rating there is from me for their service. The owner of the shop, Allen, is absolutely great.

Cannondale logo on the head tube.Cannondale logo on the head tube.

Shimano SPD clipless pedals.Shimano SPD clipless pedals.

Shimano 105 shifters.Shimano 105 shifters.

These bikes are still made in USA.These bikes are still made in USA.

Shimano WH-RS-10 rims, hubs and spokes.Shimano WH-RS-10 rims, hubs and spokes.

San Marco Ponza Power saddle and Cannondale C2 Carbon-wrapped seat post.San Marco Ponza Power saddle and Cannondale C2 Carbon-wrapped seat post.

Shimano 105 derailleurs, cogs and crank.Shimano 105 derailleurs, cogs and crank.

Cannondale CAAD9 Optimo frame in 54cm size.Cannondale CAAD9 Optimo frame in 54cm size.

When the bike is direct sun light you start seeing metal flakes in the black paint.When the bike is direct sun light you start seeing metal flakes in the black paint.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Another Route

Yesterday we cycled along our usual route with an addition of a new path on the Rockaways. The Rockaways is a very good place for cylcing as the roads are in a good condition, the traffic is very low and traffic lights are a few. Our trail length for yesterday was 17.5 miles and for the first time our average speed has exceeded 10 mph.

On the negative side of things I keep getting pretty sever pain in my elbows. The problem seems to be the fact that the fit of the bike is not right for me. I keep having to reach too far to the handlebars which forces my to keep my arms extended and elbows locked.

I keep thinking of getting a bike for myself for these and other reasons, but I’m not really looking forward to spending more money on one. If we keep doing this and the pain does go away however, we will buy another one. I really like Cannondale CAAD9-5. Specialized Allez is another alternative, but I’m leaning towards Cannondale.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cycling — Day 2

Today the temperature was below freezing, but we couldn’t resist it and went cycling again. This time Alex went along with us on a mountain bike that my dad brought over from College of Staten Island.

This time around we went along the bicycle lane on Bedford Avenue and Ocean Parkway. I have to say that Bedford ride was very pleasing, but Ocean Parkway forced us to stop on every single light and wait for green. Very annoying. And to get to one or the other we had to ride on the string along with cars which wasn’t much fun either.

Also today I wore the shoes with clips for the first time and had 3 falls one of which was quite scary. First one I just stopped, thinking I need to unclip only one foot. Big mistake. I fell over as soon as I stopped. Second time was much worse. We had a minor collision with Alena and ended up being pushed over right on the right lane of Ocean Parkway with a fast moving traffic. I barely stopped myself from flying out on the edge of the sidewalk and quickly pulled my bike in. Several cars had stopped right in front of me.

Other than that we also met up with Misha on the way. So overall it was fun. I’m not sure that I’ll wear clip shoes again. Our total distance was 11.5 miles and we spent 2 and a half hours.
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brian’s Bike

Cannondale XS800 — cyclocorss bicycle.Brian landed me one of his bicycles, so this weekend, after stopping at a cycle shop for some basic items and maintenance are going for some cycling, weather permitting.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Alёna’s Bicycle

Randor "Dirty Dancing" Lady's bike.About a year ago we rented out a storage cage in the basement of our building with a main objective of storing bicycles in it. We’ve never got around to actually getting the bikes in 2008 thought. Continue Reading
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