edge cyclesports review, revisited

my lbs is better than your lbs.
so, i’ve blogged about my local bike shop, edge cyclesports and the amazing service that they, and in particular, hugh, have given me over the last few months. well, this last weekend topped the cake. i would be remiss in my duties if i did not mention the continued amazing service that they’ve provided and do my best to drive as much traffic their way as this humble site can manage.
last weekend, rudi was in town and was hoping to get a long ride in while in the area. i had suggested renting a bike and riding somewhere along the pacific coast highway near long beach (where they were staying). i did some calling around and none of the bike shops in the long beach area were offering a demo or rental program, and the single shop that did wanted to charge the entire price of a trek madone to the credit card and then refund the difference. no thanks.
so, i thought i’d check out what edge cyclesports could do, or at least find out if they knew where the best local place to go would be. i stopped by on monday and chatted with hugh, who said that they’d be able to hook rudi up with a bike and made a suggestion on a different route that would be much more scenic and safe than the section of pch up near long beach/huntington/etc. after figuring out rudi’s measurements, it was determined that rudi is all legs and they didn’t have a demo in the shop that would be able to fit him. and that’s when hugh really stepped up the service. he was willing to have his personal bike adjusted so that it would fit rudi and get him through the ride.
when rudi came through town on saturday, we met up at the shop and hugh had rudi’s pedals put on the bike. rudi took it out for a spin and although it had him upright a little more than he normally rode, the bike fit well. so, hugh took a cc number, in the event that something happened to the bike, and sent us on our way. no charge.
okay, let me ask this…who of you, if you owned a $7,500+ seven road bike, would let a complete stranger borrow it for the weekend, for free? i don’t think i’ve ever come across that sort of selflessness in the service industry. i am absolutely floored at the generosity and trust that hugh and edge cyclesports showed. can i brag about my lbs? you bet i can. should i brag about my lbs? you bet i should.
on a side note, when i went to return the bike yesterday, smsmh made a whole pan of her world famous lasagna to take to hugh as a token of gratitude. smsmh rocks for putting together the dish. while there i was introduced to amber neben who is sponsored by the shop and just happened to be there hanging out after her recent second win on the tour de l’aude. i guess i’m going to have to start following women’s cycling, too!

the flight of the wasp

sunday was the big day. i finally had some free time and coordinated with a buddy, mike, to take the wasp out on it’s maiden voyage. i would have gone out solo, but i really wanted someone to witness the hilarity that was going to be me trying out clipped shoes. so, mike showed up and we headed out for a flat, easy ride along the san diego creek trail.
heading down the hill from our house, i immediately noticed a couple things, first, body position is everything on a road bike. you’ve really got to watch where your hands are placed so that you’re not far from the brakes if you’re going to need to stop quickly. next, i noticed how fast the wasp is compared to the bumblebee. oh my. without any effort, i was flying down the hill. as we rode along the trail, i was just amazed at how smooth the bike rode is. i was able to hit speeds without any effort that would have left my legs flaming on my mountain bike. she was silent, too. very little tire and chain noise, unlike the mountain bike.
we rode all the way to back bay, had a bar (one of the new clif nectar bars – which are amazing) and then headed back, putting in an easy 26 miles. cycling that sort of distance has never been that easy! i think i could have easily doubled that and not felt exhausted. i hammered up the hill at the finish to see how well it climbed and oh boy was i able to fly up it. i think i’m going to like this cycling thing.

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