I know that Wendy rides easy at times. I’ve been with her when that’s happened. But things always ramp up somewhere along the way. Somehow we end up sprinting to a Stop Ahead sign halfway through a conversation about Indigo Buntings. One second it’s about the bird, the next there’s the flick of an eye and we’re all-out cranking to get to that sign first.
Our rides also tend to go for a lot of miles at a varying pace. I would never use the word slow, but there are moments of truce when we’re able to chat and look around. Then, almost in a sly way, we’re off to the races again.
Her bikes tend to match that personality. She likes a bike that performs well, yet is also comfortable enough for a long day in the saddle; something that handles well, takes some abuse, and is ready when someone prods her to ratchet things up. At the same time she uses this bike for her daily commute to work. It’s a lot to ask of a bike, but the Epic/Everti covers most of these requirements. It’s light, she has it decked out with high quality components, and it handles whatever the dirt roads pitch at it. Continue reading