Many of you know me, but let me introduce my new bike. A 6C-1 Cannondale. 52cm. 2009, dura-ace, very nice deal on last year's model. A fantastic upgrade from my 2003 steel Bianchi Brava 56cm. Who knew a smaller bike would climb so much more aggressively and be so much more comfortable to ride? I took some 54cm and 56cm bikes on test rides, but the smaller frame handled so beautifully and performed nicely on San Francisco's hills. And, wow, carbon fiber is so light..... sigh. I'm kinda in love.
So, all of the advice about women's specific designs was very useful in being able to talk to bike shops and try out a variety of models. My second choice was a WSD Lemont. In the end, though, it's about the bike you fall in love with and this one was a clear winner. I got to break it in gently in Italy with a fit but non-cyclist friend. I can't wait to get back to Tokyo and get back in cycling shape. Arriving Nov 17th.
can't wait to ride with you kids again! I hope it won't be too cold!