Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mighty Steed....Rocinante

Hello again Life Ride Followers.....

Well, it's hard to believe that the beginning of the Life Ride is only 4 weeks away; the first riding day is ironically Mother's Day, May 13th 2012.

Many of the followers have asked about what bicycle I will be riding coast to coast so here is a quick report on the mighty steed .....

My mount is a Specialized  Roubaix road bike with a little bit of improved manufacturing process that is labelled 'S-Works'. A little stronger and a little lighter than the normal Roubaix. The bike as you see it is all carbon construction and weighs 16.5 pounds including the pedals. There are a total of 20 gears available; low gears for climbing the mountains and the high gears for faster cruising and downhills.

The gearing arrangement is called a 'compact double' which means that one of the front chain rings is somewhat smaller than usual resulting in lower gear ratios. Some of the riders on tour will have a triple front arrangement which will make the hills a bit easier for them but my compact double is what I have so I hope that will be sufficient. :)

Of course, I'll be carrying some extras such as spare tubes, repair tools, patch kits etc but all in all the weight will be less than 19 pounds on the road. This machine is a great bike but many times during training these last few months I'm convinced it needs a new motor!!!

Hope you are all enjoying the spring season. Continue to check in at the Life Ride Blog!!!!!



1 comment:

LB said...

We'll see how well the two of you get along after thousands of miles together! I hope you don't get bucked!