First ride with Jane on her new bike

So following from  Converted by Breeze | 42 Bikes today we collected Jane’s new bike.

So here is the new bike:



A 54cm Dolce Elite Equipped from Specialized with lots of nice bits 🙂

It includes a full Shimano Tiagra 10 speed drivetrain (triple chainset) and brakes. As mentioned before Jane finds the “higher” spec Shimano brake hoods too bulky for her hands (and I have found Tiagra reliable on my Trek).

The shop fitted the SKS raceguards, it will be interesting to see how effective these are in the wet. Must be a lot better than nothing and they seem well made and fitted.

I have added a few bits for her:

  • rear rack (Tubus Logo),
  • rear light (Cateye TL-LD1100 LED Rear Light, you have to buy the bracket for the rack as an extra)
  • Exposure Strada front light (only bracket on in the photo)
  • my old Garmin Edge 705 computer (only bracket visible in the photo).

We have also removed the toe straps and will get some much better pedals than these cheap plastic ones with knobbly bearings.

Anyway, we went for a nice 11 mile ride out to South Croxton.

This was Jane’s very first ride on this bike which was also her first ride on 23mm tyres and her first ride with drop handlebars (tests around car parks excluded). So it was really good that she got home without any discomfort and really liking the bike. Very obvious that this is going to make our riding speeds incredibly more compatible which is good news!

Here is an action shot (taken on my phone at dusk so amazed it came out at all).20130513_204233


BTW I was on my Shand Stoater Bike for Life.

Looking forward to more rides together!


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