Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meet My Ruby

My 2005 Bianchi Eros Donna (aluminum triple) suffered an injury and the prognosis was not good, so, The Boyfriend and I went bike shopping. First though, he took my measurements (36-26-34). We were pretty set thanks to an excellent bike fitting with the old bike and the recommendation that I move from a 44cm to a 47 or 48cm frame.

What did I buy?

2011 Specialized Ruby Elite Carbon Compact
SRAM Apex (11-32 cassette with a 34/50 compact crank)

The Boyfriend bought the water bottle cages. I know what you're thinking -- a man who buys you bottle cages is a keeper! The sales rep. tried to convince him to buy me the bike as well.

We took Ruby for a spin on Sand Hill, Whiskey Hill and Canada Road. The BF was amazed by how easily I adjusted to the compact and the gearing system. That's because he gave me lessons beforehand. Jury is still out about the saddle but I'm pleased with my new bike.


Tammy said...

Nice ride! Congratulations on the new bike, Christine. I hope it makes you feel like Superwoman.

Alison Chaiken said...

Wow, a compact! But the 32 cog should make it ridable. I saw that gruppo announced recently and will be curious to hear how you find it over the long haul. The new frame is a beauty.