So here it is, in it's natural habitat!
I picked it up yesterday from Cycle Science Mitcham. It has a 61cm frame, hence the rather large looking head tube.
I had a 2.5 hour fitting session, during which various things were adjusted: the saddle, seat post height, handlebar rotation, even the orthotic innersoles in my SPD shoes. The saddle ended up being replaced (a good thing too: the original was white and I prefer the black one), the handlebar stem was also replaced, and the innersoles are now asymmetric, due to me having a higher arch in one foot than the other, which was affecting my pedaling and giving me a tendency for the right knee to repeatedly brush the top tube. No extra spacers were put on the head tube, but I needed the 35° handlebar stem because the handlebars just aren't high enough for me otherwise.
I'd recommend the fitting session to anybody, although I believe it's a bit pricey. It was included in the purchase, so I don't know how much it was, but apparently it's about $300 or more.
I'm still working out what to attach (or not) to the bike, hence the odd looking saddlebag. I couldn't find where to attach the not so mini pump, so I improvised and attached it to the bottom of the saddlebag with velcro, which actually works really well but looks a bit silly. I went on an accessory shopping spree at Le Tour Cycles Ringwood later on, and bought some bits & pieces:
- Mini pump that's a bit more "mini", i.e. smaller and lighter, with a mounting bracket so I can mount it on the down or seat tubes;
- Bell ;
- Chain drop protector, to put between the inner chain ring and frame;
- A pack of various shapes & sizes of clear stick-on frame protectors;
- 2 super-light bidon cages.
After swapping the pump and bidon cages over, I think I'll probably save a bit more weight, too.
I'll need one of those protective patches immediately, unfortunately
. There's a small nick on the outside of the right seat stay, between the brakes and and the down tube, and I don't know whether I caused it or whether it was like that in the bike shop, so I plan to touch it up with something black (probably a small dab of nail-polish), and then stick the patch on, and it should be OK and barely noticeable after that
For some insane reason, the manufacturers used white handlebar tape with a soft surface that makes it a complete dirt magnet, so I can see this being the first thing to be replaced on the bike
. After one approx. 60km ride, it's already getting gray hand smudges.
Without all the bits & pieces, the bike weighs approx. 8 to 8.5kg, compared to 15kg for the Vivente tourer, so I really noticed the difference riding up the 1-in-20 this morning. By barely breaking into a sweat, I set a time that would have had me dripping sweat all over the Vivente
. By the time I got home after the approx. 60km ride, the bike was starting to feel familiar, although the Vivente was giving me accusing looks, because she knew perfectly well she'd been stood up (or is that just my guilty conscience