For a while now I've been trying to find a bike to match my actual style of riding:-
" Although I like to cover the miles on the road, a real road bike with drop handlebars and an uncomfortable saddle wouldn't be right. I commute to the office by bike, so want something relaxing that will also carry a bit of luggage. Mudguards are vital as well - I can't turn up at the office covered in mud.
" Although I like to take the odd trip along a track or path, I appreciate that a mountain bike would not be suitable as the thick tyres make riding on the tarmac just very hard - which is where I aim to do most of my riding.
There's certainly no lack of choice in the market, with many suppliers trying to get a share of the action. So researching the marketplace is not easy. Most bikes I looked at just didn't suit at all - nearly all of them didn't have the right design approach They were okay for casual riding. But they just did not have the speed I was after. Then someone pointed out the Cannondale Quick .
Clearly one glance at the bikes in the Quick collection was enough to tell me that I had discovered the right bike:-
" Light alloy frame, evidently designed with speed in mind. The bikes higher up the range have carbon forks too.
" Lots of gears to help me up the hills on the way to work. The bikes at the top of the range even have road-bike gear components- something not often found on a hybrid bike.
" Easy-to-use brakes - powerful V-brakes which need minimal upkeep, in contrast to the disc brakes you so frequently find.
" The wheels on the higher models are just stunning - the paired-spoke arrangement straight out of road-bike territory. OK, a regular arrangement with more spokes will be stronger, but these are just fine for road riding.
" The prices are not bad. It's true that there are cheaper bikes available. The Quick range starts at approximately £600. If you have the funds, you can spend up to £1100 - slightly beyond my price range I have to admit.
So following all this Online research, I went along to the local stockist to try one out. I chose a model from roughly the middle of the range, as it seemed to tick all the boxes. But at the same time not too expensive for me.
The trial ride was a revelation. The bike felt steady, yet sprightly and nimble. Road vibration was not at all noticeable, thanks to the carbon forks, and the saddle and handlebars made for a very comfortable riding position, ideal for extended trips. Gear selection was very slick, with a decent selection of ratios for hill-climbing.
I could see that this was a bike that I would look forward to riding home following a hard day at work.
I didn't hesitate. The order was placed. I'm going to have to wait a week or so, but the wait is sure to be worth it.
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You can read more about the Cannondale Quick range together with alternatives such as the Specialized Sirrus at Tern Cycling Reviews.
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