A good way to perk up week twelve or is it thirteen of lockdown is to be given a new bike to review, this year I have already had the opportunity to ride a Supercaliber mountain bike at the Algarve Bike Tour and now I have in the back of my van a 52cm Trek Emonda SLR 9 Etap bicycle, big name small bike.
Life goes on and cycling has been the saviour of many this past three months helping to keep them fit and healthy and most of all maintaining their sanity. We all know the health benefits but I do believe that the pedalling is the key, the rhythm, the circles, the wheels whirring, human and machine, completely un-natural and addictive.
Cycling has a calming and cleansing effect and works better than any chemicals ever could, if more of the UK's population take up cycling because of this pandemic it can only become a better place, there isn't a down side, apart from rain.
I already had the old SLR version, it was already brilliant, sub 7kg beautiful lines and handling and very comfortable and it climbed like a demon, how could Trek improve on it? I thought I might have to pretend I liked it, pretend it was better, maybe I will…
I drove in to a deserted London on Saturday morning to pick up the bike, Barna – also an Emonda owner - had told me it was ready, he want very forthcoming with any info, possibly because it was the tale end of a Frantic Friday at Cyclefit and his biscuits had blown.
I opened up the shutters and turned on the lights (after giving the switchesa spray with anti viral solution) and was very pleasantly surprised. The bike has a luscious Icon paint finish, integrated aero bar and stem and new Aeolus RSL wheels, not too deep not too shallow. And it was light too, I compared it to my steel Landrace and it was over 2kg lighter at 6.9kg.
I set the bike to my position popped it in the van and headed home via Brick Lane Biegel Bake.