Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Elite New Ride

Last night I picked up my new commuting bicycle from the local bike shop +Luna Cycles.

I have been consistently commuting with my old bike for about 3 years now.  It was an entry level bike, and I put a lot of miles on it, so it has now become, according to the guys at +Luna Cycles, "used up".  I am actually kinda proud of that, as "using up" a bike doesn't seem to happen that often.

My new ride, a Specialized Source Elite is kitted out with everything a commuter needs:  rear cargo rack, dynamo hub that powers a set of lights as I ride, fenders, 27 gears, light frame, and components that are designed to take the abuse of the daily grind to and from the office.

So far I have only ridden it twice (once home from the shop, and once to the office), but it promises to be a sweet ride to get my butt to and from work for years to come.

Before I left home this morning my wifey took some action shots of me riding my new bike.   See you out on the roads!


Unknown said...

That is a sweet ride brother! "used up" is tough to do but I banged my DiamondBack off a few rocks and logs and it was shot in one year! Bummer! Road riding has advantages and disadvantages but I just love riding! I just get a little crazy off road (hense the concussion, broken collar bone, etc). Best of luck with the new wheels!

CrazyCris said...


But 27 gears?!?!?! Really??? Last bike I had didn't have any... and my parents' bikes at the time had 3 or 5 speeds. When did bikes get so complicated???

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

27 gears may be a lot, but multiple gears is a very handy thing, especially if there are a lot of hills. I routinely used 16 of the 18 gears on my old bike during my commute.

CrazyCris said...

Seems very confusing to me... how do you know when to switch? Can you do it while cycling?
At least in the car I can tell from the sound of the motor (or the RPM gauge) when to shift, and it's only 5 gears. 27 is crazy!!!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

Yep, you switch while riding. Just hit a lever and keep pedalling and the gears shift.

Knowing when to shift is just something to get used to, however its basically "when its harder to pedal, shift down, when its easier to pedal, shift up".

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Nice bike!! I love bike riding.

Jeff said...

Very cool ride! Curious... how far is your commute to the office each way? I worked within walking distance of my home for about two years... loved that. 10 minute walk, 4x per day (home for lunch). Saved gas, stayed fit. Never really had a cyclable commute, though... my 32 miles each way would definately not work right now. My 12 year old son and I are plotting and overnight ride on a rails-to-trails bikeway this spring. We are not major cyclists, but looking forward to the challenge... 2 days of riding, 1 night of camping, a few geocaches on the way and about 86 miles total. Enjoy the bike!

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

My commute is 5.1 miles one way, with a 320ft elevation gain (half of that in the last .2 miles).

That geocaching bike trip sounds awesome. Good luck, and please share the stories from the road once you've made em :)