I went in to the Bicycle Outfitters today at lunch on my boss’ recommendation. Dave (the salesman) was very knowledgeable and got me sized up on three bikes: a Trek Madone 5.1; a Bianchi Carbon C2C; and a Orbea Onix.I was pretty sure from what I had read that the Trek (though a little pricey for me) was going to win out. How surprised was I when 4 hours (I went back after work) and 5 test rides later, I was in love with the Orbea? Pretty surprised, I’ll tell ya.
When I started my ride, I was so perfectly balanced that I felt like my hands were hovering over the handlebars. When I got into my first climb, I felt like the bike had just “got out to push”. The Trek and Bianchi were both great bikes, but this Orbea won the day.
I was a little worried about the double (two chainrings instead of three) and mentioned to Dave that, while I was fine on the hills of the test ride, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after riding all day.
Dave’s response… “You said you were going for a ride on Saturday? Why don’t you stop by on your way and pick it up. There’s nothing better than a long ride to show you how the bike fits.” Boy was I surprised. So I’m taking him up on his offer.