Trek Domane SL6 Disc First Rides

Before I talk about my shiny new Domane SL6 Disc, I need to talk a bit about my cycling and a bit about my old bike. I love to ride, but I have a fragile back, particularly the upper back and lower neck. It’s likely due to years of distance running and crappy posture. In addition to an easily-angered upper back, my left shoulder gets sore easily due to some deterioration of the rotator cuff because of multiple separated shoulder incidents…Continue reading Trek Domane SL6 Disc First Rides

Don’t Call Me a Cyclist

I enjoy riding my road bike. I’ve got an excellent Trek Domane 5.2 carbon fiber road bike. You can find me a few days a week, spinning along the roads in Silicon Valley and up the Peninsula. I even wear spandex cycling gear, which I suppose technically makes me a MAMIL. But I’m not a cyclist. At least, I’m not a cyclist according to some purists. And that’s okay by me. Why am I not a cyclist? I don’t shave…Continue reading Don’t Call Me a Cyclist

The Bicycles In My Life: Jamis Quest

One of the regrets of my cycling life is letting go of the 25th anniversary  Jamis Quest. I bought my Jamis Quest in 2013, looking for a capable bike suitable for commuting. I’d initially budgeted around $1,200, but fell in love with the $1,800 Quest after taking it out for a lengthy spin. The retailer offered the Quest for $1,650 during  a sale, then kicked back another 10% because I had a loyalty card. That brought the total price down…Continue reading The Bicycles In My Life: Jamis Quest

The Bicycles In My Life: Felt Z5

The Giant OCR1 that got me back into serious cycling eventually became a chore to ride. The aluminum frame transmitted a lot of road chatter, which translated to sore muscles and stiff bones after long rides. I’m not, after all, getting younger. So I began looking for bicycles with more forgiving rides. Initially, I believed I wanted a steel frame bike, partly for nostalgic reasons, but good quality steel tubing from companies such as Reynolds and Columbus offer more forgiving…Continue reading The Bicycles In My Life: Felt Z5

The Bicycles In My Life: Giant OCR1

As a kid, and into young adulthood, I rode a variety of bicycles. I rode the ridiculous Stingray around the back roads of Lawton Oklahoma. As a teenager, I loved a Windsor bicycle made from Reynolds steel. I put a ton of miles on that bike in various parts of Washington state. I pretty much turned my back on cycling when I ran track and cross-country in college. After I moved to the Bay Area, I owned several different bicycles,…Continue reading The Bicycles In My Life: Giant OCR1