I am fortunate to own two bicycles. For the hardened cyclist two bicycles may seem too few (“What about a winter trainer/off road/race bike?”) whereas for some, two bicycles may seem an extravagance (“They both have wheels, pedals, a saddle and handlebar – why do you need more than that?”). I like to think that two is perfect for me at this time…
Trek 7.5 FXPurchased: 2006 Frame: Trek FX Alpha hydroformed aluminum 25” Groupset: Shimano Deore Brakes: Tektra / Avid S3 Wheels: Bontrager SSR wheelset
My first bike since leaving University. Initially I bought the bike to help in the recovery from a hip operation. Over the years, the bike has been upgraded to support multi-day tours. Since purchase, the bike has undergone a variety of modifications. What does the bike look like now?Wheels: Handbuilt Rigida Sputnik / Ultegra / 700c / 36h (Spa Cycles) Handlebar: BBB MultiBar Handlebar, Specialized Phat Wrap Seat: Rido R2 Seat,Thomson Elite Seat Post Touring Kit: Arkel T-42 rear panniers, Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Plus bar bag & extension, Ortlieb saddle bag, OMM Red Rock rack, SKS Chromoplastic mud guards, Cateye EL530/LD600 Gadgets: Garmin Edge 705, SatMap Active 8 & mount
The Trek has now become my touring workhorse. I’m sure the aluminium frame and forks aren’t the most suitable for touring but it’s light, is large enough for a man of my size and has enough braze-ons to fit mudguards, racks and assorted accessories. The hand-built wheels and 32c tyres offer enough strength for touring on road, path and gravel.
2010 Cannondale CAAD9 2010 Ultegra CompactPurchased: 2010 Frame: CAAD9 BB30 & Premium Full Carbon Fork Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 7
In 2010 I decided to treat myself to a lighter road focused bike. As ever, the choice of bikes for taller and larger people is a little constrained. Whilst full carbon framed bikes are all the rage, I opted to use my budget to purchase a high quality aluminium framed/carbon forked bike. After researching the options the Cannondale CAAD9 was recommended as ‘probably the best aluminium frame you can buy’. I can’t say I’ve been disappointed by the choice. The bike is light, responsive and with the replacement of the wheels with a pair of hand-built 36h/25c wheels, very sturdy. In addition to changing the wheels, the seat has been replaced with a Rido R2 saddle. It may look weird but it seems to fit my more ample behind very well.