Friday, June 11, 2021

My first Titanium Bike

I have been thinking of getting a new bike lately. A friend of mine had given me a carbon frame to build up and I just about have everything I need for the bike but then I was perusing Facebook Marketplace when I found this:

Frame is custom Waltley 60cm 
Prime Pro Race disc wheelset
30c WTB Exposure tires
Shimano 105 11 speed groupset
Duraace 50/34t 175 mm crankset
Ultegra 11-32t Cassette
TRP Spyre SLC disc brakes with Ultegra Rotors 
44cm Superlite Handlebars
Ritchey stem and seatpost
Fizik Argo Tempo R5 Saddle
 Besides the fact that the bike is Titanium what really caught my attention was the fact that it is an Allroad  bike for pavement, dirt roads, and maybe some buff trails. I got some recent pictures of the bike and decided to pull the trigger.

The bike was located in Portsmouth, NH, so I loaded the MINI Cooper, got an Air B&B in Brentwood, NH and drove up Friday afternoon. Just in case there was an issue I brought my CAADx, stuffed in the back of the car - actually, it fits rather nicely.  At the New Hampshire State Liquor store, I met the owner's wife who had the bike as the owner had a three hour drive ahead of him Friday and due to the traffic I was running way late.

After putting on the pedals and inspecting the welds, I took it for a spin and new right away it was a keeper. Paid for the bike, locked it to the rack and went into the liquor store to pick up some necessary items and then headed to my overnight accomodations.  

This was a unique experience because I have never done an Air B&B like this before. It was a room at Patty's Place in Brentwood, NH. It was the perfect location because I wanted to ride to Pawtuckaway State Park, which is home to a ring dike, which is essentially the remains of an ancient volcano. 

Yes, there were Volcanoes in New Hampshire.  Last year, I got a pretty good distant view of the Osspie Ring Dike on my Lake Winnepisaukee Gravel Grinder. I think my fascination comes from the fact that really like mapping and topography and seeing something round in an otherwise chaotic landscape stands out.

After checking in, I spent some time putting things on the bike, like my Garmin mount, new cadence and speed sensors, and few other things I headed out for a quick ride around the neighborhood. I even found a dirt road but turned around after seeing the road turn into a mud bogs.

The bike is amazing. Between the softer tires and the titanium frame riding this bike is heavenly. I think the one thing I might do is flip the stem but everything else is perfect.


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