As someone who just 2 months ago got into bike commuting, using my brother’s 2-year old mountain bike, commuting via public transportation just became a bore. I’ve since devoured anything and everything about cycling. From what the ideal bike commuter should be to even seeking what’s the best bike out there that money can buy. Scouring the internet for the spectrum of bikes is endless, with forums for beginners, enthusiasts and serious professional cyclists.
I found myself suddenly wanting a decent road bike since after 2 months of bike commuting daily for an hour, you’d want to be more efficient and theoretically cut down your commute time. I’ve visited quite a few stores now, from those in Cartimar to those in Pasong Tamo but still I couldn’t decide on one yet. Then I get a call from Gian, “Bro, there’s a Bike Expo, you might want to go”. Not knowing what to expect, I asked my 7-year old son and budding cyclist (as this Dad would hope) Nathan to accompany me.
My son and I arrived last Nov. 27 at the SMX. Immediately we were greeted by Low-riders.
Intricately chromed out, these lowriders are definitely the most pimped out bicycles I have ever seen.
And just to show everyone outside that there’s a yin to everyone else’s yang, fixies – or fixed-gear bicycles, make the appropriate minimalist contrast to the lowriders.
Low-riders and fixies outside? Can’t wait to see what they have in-store.
Upon checking in we were greeted by foldies – or foldable bikes. These bikes have increased in popularity as these are urban commuters first choice due to their portability.
And just when it seemed I was beginning to think like maybe road bikes won’t be showcased much here I was greeted with this:
And for you triathletes out there, there’s this P820,000 Cervelo P5X. This black beauty has all compartments built-in in its aero-frame. It’s also one of the most portable aerobikes out there that, as the sales person there would say, nixes your need for a mechanic just to assemble it.
For indoor training, there this trainer by Elite which gamifies your long-distance work-out.
This trainer changes the resistance when the track goes uphill or downhill. You can also connect it online and compete with other cyclist.
After going around the venue, I resumed the search for my road bike. Luckily a classmate of mine, Mark, was there to help find me my bike. He trimmed down the choices based on my criteria: Good for commuting and good enough for a sprint triathlon. He showed me this ALL ROAD bike from Corratec.
There’s also the FELT FR40, which according to him could be the better choice since I like a sleeker bike. It’s got an aluminum frame and a carbon fork.
I tested the ride and it sure rides smooth on the SMX carpet. Shall I pull the trigger on this one?
After test riding it, I was convinced that this bike is for me. Purchasing the bike though is another story (since my wife is part of the decision) Eek.
So I left empty-handed with no road bike to usher out of the Expo but knowing well that next year, there’s going to be something for everyone. I’ll be back next year, but this time with the whole family.