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!!!!!