The first ride of any new bike is always a wonderful occasion. I was extremely excited to get out on my new S-Works Tarmac, although I was also a little apprehensive. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between my old Tarmac and my shiny new one.
Still, the proof would be out on the roads. Time to get suited and booted and get out. I’d tried to set the bike up as close as I could to my previous one given that I’d used all of the existing components. The weather was a little chilly, but the sun was out. That was good enough for me.
I swung my leg over the top tube, clipped in and pushed off. One of the best feelings in the world in my opinion. I headed down the road and started my first ride. I couldn’t believe I was actually riding my very own S-Works. I know I’ve said that a lot, but it is essentially a dream come true for me.
One of the first things I noticed was that the bike felt similar and yet different. I know, that doesn’t make sense, but let me try and explain what I mean. I looked down and saw the same style top tube, albeit a different colour, I saw the same handlebars, just covered in black handlebar tape rather than orange. I looked down between my legs and I saw the same cranks, the same gears. After all, it is essentially the same make and model. However, it felt different.
It wasn’t a massive difference just from one part; the differences were small but noticeable. The biggest one was the way the bike responded. It just felt a little quicker to accelerate, a little more manoeuvrable. It felt good. The weight was noticeable too. I don’t think there was much in it, but it’s definitely lighter than my old frame. I suppose it should be really, given the fact that this is a stronger and lighter carbon frame.
Let’s talk about climbing… Wow! All I can say is that this thing just encourages you to get out of the saddle and attack the hills. Now I may have been feeling pretty good on this first ride, but the bike has something to do with it too. The only other time I felt like that the bike just wants to push on up the hills was actually from my first ever road bike. A BMC Streetracer SR02. It was only an aluminium frame, but it was as stiff as anything and felt like a mountain goat. It just wanted to climb hills. Ever since getting rid of that bike, I’ve never found another that rides quite like it. Until now. I love it and it suits my style of riding down to the ground.
I only went for a 25-mile ride around the block, but I can definitely say that I was smiling from ear to ear when I got back. As always with a new bike, there were a few tweaks that I wanted to make. It always takes a few rides to get to know the personality of your bike. But otherwise, it was a fantastic first ride and I can’t wait for the next one. Needless to say that the worry I felt before the ride had been replaced with sheer joy.
How do you feel on the first ride on a new bike?
Until next time,
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