LGRAB: Summer Games - Learning Experiences: Test ride a different kind of bike than you normally ride
While at the SLC Farmers Market, my friend Karen needed to run across the street to Bingham Cyclery to pick up some lights for her bike. While there, we spotted the Electra Ticino. Test ride, anyone?
One of the challenges for this segment of the LGRAB: Summer Games is to test ride a different bike than you normally ride. Well, my friends, a Ticino is definitely different from my Adelaide.
First off, the weight. I picked up the Ticino and thought I had turned into Wonder Woman. It was so light. Even after months of carrying Adelaide up and down my apartment stairwell, I still feel every pound of her every day. What makes the Ticino so light is that it's made out of aluminum instead of steel. Depending on your point of view, that could be a good or bad thing.
Next off, it's a smaller frame. At six feet tall, I've come to a very important realization in my life. When something is "One size fits all" it means "One size fits small." The bike guy raised the seat as high as it would go, and I still could put both feet flat on the ground.
Then came the actual test ride. (Side note: Does anyone stress out about test riding bikes at bike shops? As I get on the bike, I have this fear that I'm going to all of a sudden forget how to ride. Or not know how to handle this new bike. What's worse, all eyes are on me, which means I'm going to crash spectacularly. Anyone? No? Oh well.)
I have one word to sum up the ride...fast. See?
On the Ticino, I felt like I started with super speed. With Adelaide, there's a gradual working-up-to-speed process upon starting. Also, the Ticino quickly responded to turns and had a really nice break set-up. I really didn't get into the gearing but that is to be expected just going around the bike shop's building.
Basically, it was fun to be fast. And if I'm being completely honest, I've been considering a mixte-type bike for my bicycle stable. A bicycle that I could use on longer rides. I already have one in mind (and it comes in "Kara-size" too!), but it's been hard for me to just pull the trigger. That's why I was really interested in trying a bike that would be somewhat similar to it and see how I like it. (I can already hear my parents and others saying, "Another bike?!")
Don't get me wrong. I love my Adelaide. She and I have very thoughtful rides. Memorable rides. She is my about-the-town girl. But there is something about flirting with fast.