Fredn.1) a person who spends a lot of money on his bike and clothing, but still can't ride
I decided a while back that my trusty old LeMond Tourmalet (named after a famous cycling climb often featured in the Tour de France, as most of LeMond's bikes are) was holding me back. Specifically, despite me dropping a number of well-placed hints, it still weighs as much as it always did, a portly 29 pounds. The lightest pro bikes are around 6.75 kg (33.5 hectares to you and me), which is roughly half of what the Tourmalet weighs, and there are a number of bikes that weigh less than 18 pounds (1.25 parsecs).
So, it was off to a LBS (local bike shop) to see what was out there. I had a few requirements:
I headed out to Samamish Valley Cycles to start my search. After a bit of discussion, we settled on two likely bikes:
I rode the Firenze first. It's very light with a low moment of inertial (ie light wheels), and rides wonderfully, though there is a certain springiness. I liked it a fair bit, but unfortunately, it only comes in a matte finish. I'm all for the artistry of nice welds and good machining, but silver is my least favorite color for vehicles, so this is a non-starter for me. Litespeed does make the Solano, which is a bit stiffer, and comes with a nice yellow paint job. I'm not sure if it's available with a triple or not, however.
The Bianchi was pretty forgettable. It rode like a slightly different version of my current bike - better, but not really better. So it's not on my list.
My next bike to try is the Trek 5200. Carbon fiber frame, just like the US Postal bike, blah, blah blah. It meets all my requirements, so I'll be trying to ride one in the next couple of weeks.