Just to give you a bit of background I’m currently in Stow Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. I grew up here and like to come home to visit with family and my childhood chums.
First of all, as we all know I’m no John Speare. I believe that John is the best bicycle reviewer around. His writings are understandable and they tend to tell us things about the bike that we ordinary commuters can use. So I’m going to make a valient attempt to tell ya’ll about the bike I’m riding while on this trip.
A couple of my boyhood friends are avid cyclists. They have all the right gear (bicycles) and know all the right words (“Want to borrow one Jacque?”). This little post is going to tell you all about it.
The bike I’m using is a 2006 Specialized Roubaix, it’s my very first time riding a high-end bicycle. And what an experience!
This machine is smooth, fast, responsive and light. With tire pressure set at 125 pounds I really expected to have the fillings rattled out of my mouth. But according to my research the deal with this machine being so smooth are the following carbon-fiber components; forks, rear frame thingy (where the rear wheel attaches, what in the heck is that called?), seat post and stem. In addition each of the following listed components have an insert that Specialized calls a Zertz. It’s a piece of “rubber” (for lack of a better word) that’s inserted in strategic places in the aforementioned components.
Now, I really don’t know if it was the carbon-fiber or the Zertz inserts but the ride is amazingly smooth. Combined with this machine’s light weight, outstanding shifting capability and comfort it’s MY next ride. (As soon as I can scrape up a couple thousand dollars).
Jacque – Out