When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.
The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. Shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better.
Once you learn that, you will never be the same again.
Over the past few months, I’ve scoured the internet and visited nearly every local bike shop, sometimes more than once shopping for my first road bike. After a long search and several test rides, I was overwhelmed by more brands, models, and component sets than I ever imagined possible.
Initially, I was looking at the Raleigh Revenio 3.0, Felt Z85, and the Giant Defy 1, but after visiting River Market Cyclery and test riding a Cannondale CAAD10 5, I was sold on the Cannondale brand.
After a bit more searching, I found a 2010 Cannondale CAAD9 4 at Leawood Bicycles that was just my size. Since it was a 2010, it was also on sale for a great price. I went home, slept on it, and the next day made up my mind.
The CAAD9 is the predecessor to the CAAD10 and was last Cannondale bicycle to be handmade in the United States. I also liked the CAAD9 4, because it was equipped with a full SRAM Rival groupset, including a carbon crank.
I bought the bike on August 6. As of today, August 23, I’ve put just over 100 miles on it. It’s a great, responsive ride, though I’m still getting used to the firmer, smaller road saddle. I definitely don’t leave home without my biking shorts on. The CAAD9 has more of a racing geometry, so I’m taking it in today to have the stem flipped, so the my riding position will be a little more relaxed and comfortable.
|Specifications — 2010 Cannondale CAAD9 4|
|Frame||CAAD9 Optimo aluminum, taper-butted|
|Fork||Slice Premium monocoque full carbon|
|Weight||Unspecified (60cm frame, I’ll weigh soon)|
|Seatpost||Cannondale C2 Carbon|
|Saddle||Prologo Kappa Pas|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM Rival|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Rival|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Rival|
|Crankset / Bottom Bracket||SRAM Force BB30 Compact, 50/34|
|Hubs||Shimano RS10, 20h (rear) & 16h (front)|
|Tires||Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 700 x 23|
|Warranty||Lifetime – Frame|
|MSRP (Price)||$1,799 (I got a deal, since it was last 2010 model and I bought near end of 2011)|
After putting more than 500 miles on my Northrock SC7 hybrid bike, I’m shopping for my first road bike. I’d like to keep the price under $1,500, and am aiming for a decent gruppo (or groupset), such as the Shimano 105.
The search is overwhelming. There are so many different manufacturers, brands, models, frames, forks, prices, local bike shops, etc. At this point I’ve narrowed the choices down to the Raleigh Revenio 3.0, the Felt Z85, or the Giant Defy 1. Please share any thoughts or suggestions to help with the decision.
Photos of Raleigh Revenio 3.0, Felt Z85, and Giant Defy 1
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Specs of Raleigh Revenio 3.0, Felt Z85, and Giant Defy 1
|Specifications||Raleigh Revenio 3.0||Felt Z85||Giant Defy 1|
|Frame||Atomic 13 SL Hydroformed Aluminum||Felt Super-light Custom Butted 7005 Aluminum w/ Smooth Welding||ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum|
|Fork||Custom Carbon Composite||Felt UHC Performance Carbon Fiber Design w/ 3KP Weave||Advanced-Grade Carbon Composite|
|Seatpost||Avenir 200 Series 3 Aluminum||Felt UHC Performance Carbon Fiber Design||Giant Connect Carbon Composite|
|Saddle||Avenir 300 Series Road||Felt D2 Anatomic w/ Double-Density Gel Base||Selle Royal Seta M|
|Shifters||Shimano 105||Shimano 105||Shimano 105|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105||Shimano 105||Shimano 105|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105||Shimano 105||Shimano 105|
|Brakes||Shimano 105||Dual Pivot w/ Cartridge Brake Shoes||Tektro TK-R540 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105 STI||Shimano 105 STI||Shimano 105 STI|
|Cassette||Shimano 105 11×28, 10-Speed||Shimano 105 11×28, 10-Speed||Shimano 105 11×28, 10-Speed|
|Chain||KMC DX10||Shimano 105||Shimano 105|
|Crankset||Shimano R600 Compact 34/50t||FSA Vero Compact 50/34t||Shimano 105, 34/50t|
|Rims||Weinmann TR18 Double Wall||MAVIC CXP-22N Aluminum Rim||Giant P-R2|
|Hubs||Joytech Alloy QR, 28h||Felt Sealed Forged Aluminum w/ Quick Release 32h||Formula Sealed Cartridge Bearing 24/28h|
|Spokes||14g Stainless MAC w/Alloy Nipples||Stainless Steel 2.0mm w/ Brass Nipples||Sapim Race, 14/15g|
|Tires||Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x23c||Vittoria Zaffiro, 700c x 25c||Giant P-R3, 60 tpi, Flat Guard, 700x25c|
|Warranty||Lifetime – Frame||Lifetime – Frame||Lifetime – Frame|
UPDATE: I ended up looking at a Cannondale CAAD10 and I fell in love, though it was a bit out of my budget. I finally came across a local dealer with a 2010 Cannondale CAAD9 4 with SRAM Rival/Force gruppo. I’m very happy with the bike!
Map of Thursday night Brookside group bike ride in Kansas City. I rode the shorter route, because the heat index in Kansas City yesterday was near 100 degrees.
The ride started and finished at Knuckleheads Saloon, in the Northeast Industrial District of Kansas City. Knuckleheads is definitely unique. It lives up to the images one would conjure up thinking about a saloon in the 1940’s.
We started off on the 30-mile ride at 9:00 am and returned just after 12:30 pm. We looped through downtown, the Crossroads District, midtown and the Plaza, before making our first stop for a mini-gelato at SPIN! Pizza. We refilled quickly and were on our way south through some beautiful Plaza and Brookside neighborhoods. We rode on to Family Bicycles at 74th and Wornall where we made another pit stop, before turning around to finish the route back.
Seasoned cyclists are a courteous bunch. It’s common for someone to yell out, “car back,” when they notice a car approaching from behind. When approaching a stop sign, they yell “clear right, clear left,” to signal nearby cyclists it’s safe to proceed through the intersection.
I enjoyed getting to see parts of the city that I wouldn’t have otherwise explored. Cycling is an experience like no other, you get a feel for neighborhoods, people, places, and best of all fresh air. Next time you’re thinking of buying a home, bike the neighborhood for a more intimate perspective of the people, places, and things.