You brought me back to life after my bunion surgery took me away from running for longer than I had anticipated. You took me up mountains in the Bay Area that I had only seen while driving by on a freeway far, far below. You and I completed my first full century (100-mile) ride. Because of you I met a lot of friends that I enjoy riding with, still to this day. I brought you out in freezing temperatures and some scorchers too. You taught me how to climb hills efficiently, because you have so many gears to use. I tipped over more than a few times on you but you never cracked and you always wiped yourself off and kept on rolling, even though it probably hurt a little bit. You were more than patient with me when I learned to change your tire - two in one day, one time. You held strong while I took you down roads FAST, one time at 55 mph. Yeah, I never did that again. Although, I knew with you, I could. I loved buying clothes to match you and everyone recognized me, mainly because of you.
Today I sold you to a very good friend of mine. She's mainly a trail runner/hiker and world traveler but she wants to use you for commuting to work. I watched her ride you around my neighborhood one day and I must say, she knows how to ride. Please be good to her and show her the
So, why did I get rid of a bike that I loved so much? It was just time, that's all.
Meet Candee, my new full carbon 2012 Cannondale Synapse.
With all the riding I'm doing these days, I felt it was time for an upgrade. So far, I like her a lot. I have the Shimano 105, which is the same as I had on Ellen so I didn't have to learn a new way to shift. It is a compact double which is a little scary. I have gone on two rides in the past week and I can tell, I'm going to like her a lot!
I hope to have plenty of stories to tell that include her.