Hello everyone. My name is Curt and I hail from the South Bend, Indiana area.
I recently decided to get back into road biking after a 30 year hiatus.
Back then I was only a casual rider using a Schwinn Varsity bike…no laughs please…
Last month I turned my sixth decade and felt I should probably think about getting into better shape. That is when my sister-in-law invited me to join her on a ride for Hospice. I accepted the challenge. Since I didn’t have a bike, she loaned me her husbands Fuji Crossfit, which I began riding 10-12 miles every evening.
I quickly took a liking to it and started thinking I could improve if I had better equipment and one that actually fit me…so I went shopping. Not wanting to mortgage the house quite yet, I bought a Giant Defy Carbon. Felt it would be a good way to get started again and not spend a fortune on something I might not participate in enough to make the investment worthwhile. I immediately added 5 more miles to my rides without any additional effort…hmmmm I might be on to something I thought.
I come from the auto racing world, and it didn’t take long for me to start thinking of ways I could improve my new equipment. In racing, light is generally fast, and dealing with rotational weight was one of the first things on my list…which brought me to Tokyo Wheels.
Of course I listened to some talk around the biking watercooler and visited the web sites of Zip and others, but I must say that the response I have had from the people at Tokyo Wheels has been absolutely outstanding.
I initially sent them a quick email asking some questions, and within hours (not days) got a response…and not a short courteous response but a genuine letter explaining in detail the answer to my question. That led to a couple more emails which were also met with the same enthusiasm. So far 3 people from their organization have taken time to actually hold a conversation with me in response to every email I have sent. That is absolutely amazing in today’s fast-pasted - rather-text-you-than-having-to-actaully-speak-to-someone, world.
If for no other reason, I am going to be placing my order for new carbon wheels with them…although I’m sure they are great wheels too.
The Defy comes with the Tiagra…I know, but the frame is nice. After the wheels, a group set of Ultegra (unless the Di2’s drop like a rock in price) will be next.
I do have a question for all you serious riders out there: What bearings will give me the absolute freest ride? Is Ceramic all it is cracked up to be?
I do not intend to race, but I do want to join some club rides. Regardless, I want the best equipment so I can’t use the bike as an excuse.
I’m sure most of you are thinking I should simply buy a much better bike that already comes with all the equipment I’m considering, and that is probably the smart move, but remember…I come from the racing world, and we are constant tinkerers.
Would love hearing from you guys on what you think is the “ultimate” setup for general purpose riding.