I have a friend who has an older Lemond steel framed bike. She’s been thinking about a new bike for a while and finally decided that this would be the year.
Tracey is an avid cyclist. I met her late summer of 2006 at a club group ride and we have been friends ever since.
Tracey has always thought her bike was “good enough” for the riding she did and she’s absolutely right. However, because of her level of cycling, at some point her bike became her limiting factor.
Of course there is so much buzz about carbon and she thought that’s probably the way she’d want to go. So she set off to try a few bikes within her price range.
About a month ago a local bike shop recently had an open house and Giant was there for people to test ride bikes. She tried one after a pretty hard effort that morning and wasn’t really sold on it. It’s not that she didn’t like it, it was just hard to tell during the short ride she did on it.
This weekend she had an opportunity to check out another bike shop in town, Cyclemania. Now, when I was looking for an upgrade to my downtube shifting bike I checked out many shops including Cyclemania. The nice thing about this shop is that they’ll let you take a bike out for the day to ride it. They are very trusting that way and I bet they sell a great deal of bikes because you are able to really run the bike through it’s paces and not just ride it around a parking lot.
So that’s exactly what she did.
One of the owners set her up on a sweet Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5.
She came by our house to show it to us. It really was a sweet looking bike with a massive downtube and molded/sculpted seat and chain stays. I was impressed.
Obviously she was too because we received a phone call a few hours from her announcing she bought the bike.
She bought it just in time for a trip to Bar Harbor with us next weekend. She’ll be flying around the Park Loop Road next weekend for sure!