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 […]

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 […]

The Not Quite Gravel Bike: Trek Domane 4.3 Disc

I bought this bike as a backup for my primary bike, which is a Trek Domane 5.2. I viewed Domane 4.3 Disc as a winter bike, which means mostly rain here in Northern California. The disc brakes and ability to handle bigger tires appealed to me. Of course, I can never leave well enough alone, so upgraded several key components. The wheels, in particular, seemed heavy and clunky, so I replaced those with a set of Bontrager Affinity Pro TLRs. […]

Bicycles in My Life: Trek Domane 5.2

The Domane 5.2 is my go-to bike for daily riding. I love this bike. If the two different color schemes confuses you, that’s okay. I do not own two Domane 5.2s. I rode the 2013 red-and-white Domane about a year, from Fall 2013 until late summer 2014. It me its demise in a traffic accident in 2014, which put me out of action for six weeks with a busted rib. The insurance settlement from the accident paid for the black Domane 5.2 […]

The Wheels That Keep Me Rolling

When you buy a bicycle, it typically comes with wheels. Unless you’re buying a super-expensive racing bike, or a custom build where you spec out all the gear, the wheels you get with the bike are OEM wheels. They’re typically pretty average wheels, even for relatively pricey bikes. Even if you’re something of a duffer like me, wheels can make a big difference in ride quality. If I were to draw an analogy to PC tech, buying a good set […]