My new bike

My old mountain bike was a K2 that had been used by a pro racer. It was a great bike 12 years ago. I had a hunch that bike technology had made big strides in the last decade or so, and went in to see Bryce at Tam Bikes in Mill Valley. By that time I’d given up the idea of a road bike (I live on the edge of wilderness, so why spend any more time than necessary on pavement?)

But I was still fascinated by carbon fiber frames. Bryce, owner of the store and also one of Mt. Tam’s top riders, told me he’d gone from carbon fiber back to aluminum and had me try out his bike. Wow! What a change. Apparently motorcycle tech has infiltrated bike tech, so there are disc brakes and air shocks. I ended up getting a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, with front Revolution Rock Shox and rear Specialized Fox shocks — all adjustable for degree of shock absorption desired. It’s got 30 gears. It’s about $2400 retail, kind of mid-range between lesser bikes and the $5000-$8000 range available to Marin County bike nuts. Big investment for me but way worth it.

It rides like a dream. I get excited just thinking about getting on it. Looks like I’ll be riding a lot more from now on. Way easier on the knees than running. Yesterday afternoon I rode about 5 miles north along the coast. The ocean was silver and glassy, day before the storm. On my way back, the biggest bobcat I’ve ever seen bounded across the road and disappeared in the coyote bushes.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to My new bike

  1. Too fancy schmancy for me but if it makes you excited about riding, it's all good! I also had (have) knee problems and had to quite marathon running. Biking has been my salvation. Doc advised the same thing to me – cycling is good, impact sports – bad. Enjoy your new ride! Just get a hi-vis vest for that black ninja outfit. As a bike rider, unfortunately you are invisible on the road and therefore vulnerable. Its worse than a bump on the head from an oak log!

  2. This bike looks awesome.We just got our bikes down today… first nice day that we were able to.Most people would choose the bike simply because they believe that this is an easy biking to use.

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