With their annual road bike demo weekend, it was a busy time for me at Alf Jones Cycles this weekend. But it wasn’t just a case of building bikes or working in the shop, I actually got out on some of the bikes too!
My first time trying a carbon road bike, I quickly grew fond of the Lapierre Sensium 600 I was currently riding. With a full Ultegra set up, I seemed to get on with the bike rather well! The medium size fitted me perfectly and put me in a perfect position to put the power down. And once on a straight piece of road I found it fairly easy to pick up speed. (We were mainly on back roads so didn’t want to go round corners too quickly!)
So the Ultegra parts worked flawlessly and then there’s the saddle…! The Selle Italia X1 Flow Women saddle that comes as standard with the bike. Actually the comfiest saddle I’ve ever sat on! Saying that I’ve never had a women’s specific saddle so there might be no surprise really! I may have to get one of those…
After the Lapierre I turned my head to one of the Giant Liv bikes. A Giant Liv Envie Advanced Pro, which is one of their aero race bikes. I’d never ridden a race bike prior to the Envie so wasn’t too sure what to expect.
The position you were in whilst riding the Envie wasn’t one I found comfortable. I later found my discomfort could be a result of how stiff they make race bikes instead of absorbing the vibrations from the road.
One thing that came as a surprise to me was the Di2 gears it had, which I only realised once out on the road. It felt more like a computer than a bike…ha! Despite all that, I could see why it was a race bike. It definitely picked up speed quickly and was extremely light so pedalling was bit easier than normal.
During my two rides out I also tried out some Sealskinz Madeleine Classic gloves. More specific toward road and commuter cyclists you instantly feel it’s a glove that is well thought out.
Gloves that I am use to wearing always seem a bit bulky to wear and restrict movement. But the Madeleine’s felt incredibly light and extremely soft. Almost silk-like.
In terms of fit, I used the Medium. On the fingers they had a snug fit which I always prefer from a glove. On the palms they did feel quite big at first, but once riding they seemed to mould to my hand. I didn’t feel like they were restricting me at all, which made changing gear a lot easier to other gloves I’ve used.
I also found out that the gloves are made from water-repellent material so rather than absorb rain straight away, they don’t. I’ve not been able to see how they fair in wet weather yet but no doubt I will get a chance to since Sealskinz gave me the pair I tried out. So I’ll update you all in a few weeks on how I’m finding them!