Today was all-around awesome. The husband and I test-rode a variety of bikes, including:
- Surly Cross-Check - I was convinced I wanted this bike until I test-rode it.
- Bianchi Volpe - We both LOVED this bike. It has a steel frame (after today I don’t understand why anyone would ever want an aluminum frame) and is responsive. It’s 99% that the hubs will be getting this bike.
- Surly Long Haul Trucker - The is, by far, the most comfortable of the bikes we tested. Until I tried out the LHT, I was positive I’d get a Volpe, too. Now, I’m not so sure. I have a bit of a neck issue, and even though I sacrifice a bit of get-up-and-go with this bike, it’s uber comfortable. Dilemma!
- Bianchi Imola - The husband tried this, and he did not like it.
- Fuji something-or-other - They put me on a Fuji aluminum frame with road tires, because it was the only other bike in the shop that was my size. It turns out I’m a men’s XL frame, on account of my super long legs. The problem with this bike (other than the aluminum) is that it’s more of a racing bike, so the positioning is aggressive. With my short torso, this made for a very uncomfortable ride.
- Giant TCX1 - Another aluminum frame. This bike was set up with thicker, cross-style tires than the Fuji, so I didn’t mind the stiff frame as much. And I far preferred the shifter to all the others we tested. Still, it’s a racing bike, so it can’t be outfitted with racks and panniers — and the positioning is relatively aggressive. Not for me.
Decisions, decisions! I’m really torn between the Volpe and LHT. We’re going to go back and take each for a 30 minute ride (we maybe took each for 5 mins tops), and then I’ll have a better idea which is the right bike for me.
And this didn’t even count toward the challenge! At most, I rode a cumulative 30 minutes on the bikes, over the span of 2-3 hours.
Surya Namaskar A & B plus some standing poses (prasarita padottanasana, virabhadrasana II, utthita parsvakonasana and utthita trikonasana).