Thursday, September 9, 2010
My first Cannondale in 2000.
I like bikes. I like them for a lot of reasons. I like the exercise, I like the speed, I like the variety of terrain I can get to and I like the technology. I like Cannondales. They are beautifully made in the USA, they are quirky with interesting designs on front forks. They are reliable and a gem to ride.
Last year I let the training slip,but I have now got back into it and I am enjoying it a lot, but i am still having dramas with the Cannondale Prophet. A few weeks ago I had the front brake caliper replaced which prevented the front wheel binding (I had been riding with a partially jammed brake). Sadly, on Wednesday night I noticed the front wheel doing the same thing again. It now appears I have to send the entire front stem (fork), to Queensland for a rebuild. I guess after 5 years of pounding through the national parks its acceptable.
Soooo it's more time on my Cannondale Synapse. This is a very nice bike with a combination of carbon and alloy. The seat stays etc are curved for a more comfortable ride, and I had chosen a more laced front and rear rim ( more spokes). This is to prevent the bike becoming unrideable should I hit a pothole and damage the rims. Whilst less fashionable, its more reliable.
Bad Boy- note the small head shock and a more mountain bike style frame.
I am seriously considering buying another bike- called a Cannondale Bad Boy. This is a cyclo-cross bike. A cross over between a mountain bike and a road bike. With a small front head shock and triple front rings it can be used on mountain trails, (with the correct tyres fitted), or used as a trainer on the road.
Then I will have a bike for all seasons.
I have to confess though, I am tired- after 150km of training, then doing the gardens and then painting the deck I hit the wall! Still better to keep moving than sitting still in my opinion!