Sunday January 24th 2010, 11:49 am
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Last night I built my new * Cannondale CAAD9. Had a good time hanging out with Drew and a few Fat Tires (glad I live near a state that sells that fine beer; god forbid the state I live in allow it, right?) I took my time, it was just about hanging out to me, no rush putting it together really. I found out some of the minor limitations and inefficiencies of the workstand I’ve got at home, all things I suspected of course, but pragmatically discovered last night. It’s great for most repairs still though.


Creature of the night (15" exposure)

As far as the C-dale goes, I’m keeping it mostly stock at this point, but I have already come to the conclusion myself what most people already told me, and that is the brakes suck. Sometimes I like to come to my own opinions though: the brakes suck. And I haven’t even ridden them yet. I’ll see how they operate soon enough, however, it’ll be hard to clear my mind of the already subjective mushiness I feel in the calipers. But it’s all part of the process of what I said: forming my own opinion. Keeping it stock. The wheels have also been deemed “junk” from several third parties, I honestly don’t care for how they look on the bike, but they seem acceptable for the moment, I’ll ride them soon enough to really lay judgement—personally I like my hand-built wheels best.

It looks pretty sweet on the whole though; what’s not stock on it is the Thomson stem and seatpost. Many of you will know I’m not a fan of carbon, and that stock Cannondale seatpost was carbon—and heavy. The stem to match is really just necessary aesthetics and class. I was sorely tempted to run it with Force instead of Rival, but that upgrade at the moment is cost prohibitive for me. For what it’s worth, the tape isn’t stock; I can’t roll white tape, especially factory generic tape. White was replaced by fi’zi:k Microtex, color grey. Looks good I think, feels great too. Soft and suede-y. Beyond that, the saddle will likely not stay stock either, the Prologo Kappa Pas looks good, feels good, but I’ve learned to like another and am not sure I’m ready to test a new saddle line.

All of this however is for nought, as the celebration that a inaugural ride on a spanking new bike is diminished in a sense when the roads are wet and the sky is dark with rain. It’s supposed to clear up though. I’m always a little saddened for a customer when they come to pick up their new bike on a rainy day. Is that silly? Perhaps. I know that I’m going to ride that new bike in the rain some day, and I’m alright with that, but it’s first ride should be bluebird. (Freshly paved streets is likely asking too much of course.) Clear skies and a comfortable temperature for a maiden voyage just seems like the way it should be. It’s only right for the bicycle gods to deliver a sudden 70˚ and dry afternoon.

* (Mileage on the Coppi’s computer: 1,093.7, for those unaware, the CAAD9 described above is a replacement for the Coppi’s demise.)

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actually those wheels may be way heavy, but they can take some shit

Comment by will 01.24.10 @ 10:30 pm

Congrats on the new ride. Looks great. I’m looking fwd to seeing how it evolves.

Comment by bsegal 01.24.10 @ 10:56 pm

Need new wheels already. Probably some Ksyriums coming my way—at least temporarily until I get my own set built.

Comment by presta 01.26.10 @ 7:44 pm

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