Sunday, July 16, 2006

First ride: Dahon Zero G

Well, I did it. I bought a new mountain bike today. I’ve been trying to ride a few times a week since last month but my old bike was not fun, it wasn’t actually old, I bought it 3-4 years ago, but it was just a cheap Mongoose. Now that I have a new bike, there will be a bunch of MTB ride report posted here.

I’ve been doing research for the last week on mountain bikes and I was overwhelmed by the number of bikes that I wouldn’t mind having, but to choose just one was tough.

But in the end the choice was easy. I really wanted my new bike to fit in the back of my hatchback. I wanted a folding bike and the Dahon brand seemed to be a good brand for that. I looked and looked and finally found one shop that had the bike I wanted in stock, the Zero G. I picked it up today.

My new MTB is home

Is that thing pretty or what?

Folding/unfolding takes 5 seconds

My new Shimano ladies MTB shoes with cleats

So many choices, I picked Crank Brothers Egg Beaters for pedals

More mods, new grips and a gel seat too

Then my mom and I took a short ride since it was 100+ degrees today, I’m melting, I’m melting. She rode my old Mongoose and I rode my new Dahon. All I can say is WOW, I love this bike.

She went home and I continued to ride for another two hours. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this thing.

Cooling off after the ride

Some pretty flowers on the bicycle trail


Becca said...

Nice looking bike. Pwetty flowers!

Mainly wanted to comment on the new pedals. I have Eggbeaters just like those on my mtb. You're gonna love them!

VIVID1 said...

Thanks, I love this bike :)

Yea, I’ve never used cleats before and the sales guy assured me that these egg beaters would be the easiest since you never have to look down at the pedal or adjust it to face your cleats. I looked at 4 other styles and I chose those, thinking they would work out the best for me.

It did take some getting used to, of course yesterday was my first day. I had to make two emergency stops and I almost fell over twice since I was stuck to the pedals, but just as I was about to fall over I managed to yank one of my shoes out and save it. I just kept forgetting that my shoes were attached to the bike LOL

Rick said...

I like the flower shot.....colours are outstanding. When I was living in Toronto, I commuted for years on a bike....commuting is totally different than any other bike travel. Toronto was a bad city for bike theft...I had a "commuter" bike, $165 Raleigh MTB, in city disguise....and a very nice Trek 930 for serious weekend biking. I would recommend two bikes for the serious cyclist. If you want serious advice on a commuter bike, ask any cycle messenger working in the city. You get some spot on advice from these folks.