Main Features: Tiagra 9speed, full fenders, Brooks Swift leather saddle, Lezyne pump
Other Notes: I reviewed a 2010 model, the only changes to the 2011 are the paint (now green) and the wheels from my understanding are now 32h instead of 28
Over the past year I have been able to review a ton of great product. A product that I started to review for Commute By Bike and was put on hold during my fear of riding on the road is the Raleigh Clubman. As this bike is one of my reliable and one of the most eye catching frames in my fleet I want to make sure to give it a full review for all those interested or looking at purchasing one.
A beautiful brown box with a huge Raleigh logo on the side showed up this past week for review. Inside, a 2012 Raleigh RX 1.0 women’s cyclocross bike in for review. I previewed the line back in August and received a good amount of tweets and comments about the line. At $1,650 this bike could be a break through road/cross/commuter/do all women’s bike. Allowing more options and ways to get women on one well spec’d bike. I have high hopes, and the bike will be abused to see if they meet the hopes.
This past summer Raleigh Bikes released photos and spec of their 2014 cyclocross line, including the RX 1.0 Women’s bike. The bike didn’t change too much other than paint and some small part upgrades. I was excited about the bike (mainly due to the paint job and price) for women and thought it would be a perfect do-all bike for my better half. So here we are doing a second review of the women’s RX 1.0!
This second review of the Raleigh RX 1.0, in the 2014 model, is to look at it as an all purpose bike. This is how most women are looking to purchase a cross bike in this price range as a do all, fun finder. There could be road rides, green-ways, Rail to Trails, commuting, baby hauling and maybe a cyclocross race thrown in there to say you did it.
Oaks & SpokesRaleigh’s Inaugural Bicycle Festival will be held March 1st – 10th 2013 in and around Downtown Raleigh. Join us for social rides, game nights, charity races and more! All events are free to attend and open to the public.
Raleigh Bicycles wants to give you an all access VIP pass to preview our 2014 bicycles at Dealer Camp in Deer Valley UT. Where you’ll get to ride the the latest product, meet the Raleigh-Clement Pros, and have VIP access to our 3rd Annual MidSummer Nights CX race.
A walk through building a bicycle up from the boxed form. This is how most bikes show up to a bike shop, except for those boutique, build from scratch variety. We skim through some sections in order to get you through the whole unboxing, which normally takes 45 minutes to an hour.
Day one of Interbike was many things. Early morning of travel, a couple plane rides, seeing old friends, meeting new, check in, credentials, Treasure Island, dessert dehydration and simply getting my bearings after no sleep. Day two of Outdoor Demo is today, look for a good amount of product and photos being pushed out through the day!
It is always a motivating feeling to sit down on a Sunday evening and feel “fulfilled” from the weekend. Your legs are tired, maybe your tan lines are a bit stronger, and you are ready to start the 5 day recovery process that is the work week. That’s what the 5 days between the weekends are right, recovery?
This weekend was one of non-stop going for Kim (my better half) and the kids. A huge year end lacrosse party at the lake, and then 7 little boys (10 & 11 year olds) came over to our house for a pool party and sleep over. As she was juggling the coming and goings, I was juggling how to keep up with them and get a couple rides in. I can say that I am daily thankful for her and all her juggling.
Saturday was a quick hour and half spin, getting the legs moving and active after 3 days of no activity. I should have gotten up earlier for the ride, but cuddling and the covers felt too amazing that morning. 24.46 miles on a Raleigh Capri in for review
Sunday was another story. I wanted to get some mileage in and I wanted to try out the Collier Lily 100k route. Again, I should have gotten up earlier. I wasn’t on the bike until 11am, about the same time Kim was taking the kids to the pool. This was about 3 hours later than I wanted to be on the bike for that long. You learn from your mistakes.
With a hand wrote cue sheet, back up nutrition, camera and a charged cell phone I headed out. At about mile 20 I missed a turn due to country roads not always having road signs. Thankfully my cell phone had service and I mapped myself a new route. The convenience store I was looking for at mile 38 was conveniently closed. Going without water for 45 minutes had me double think my route and head home. 10 miles from home I stopped off at a gas station, purchasing a large fountain Pepsi and a bag of salt and vinegar chips. The best two things I had tasted all day long. Sitting outside the gas station downing the Pepsi and chomping on the chips. Water in the bottles and finally on the stretch home. 51.4 miles on the Raleigh Capri
Last but not least, I pulled on a Twin Six jersey this morning and during my 3 hours on the bike I thought about the guys many times. A couple guys that started out of their basement have now taken over the world of cycling attire. When I’m on the trail, or at races I get a nod and smile when I have their clothes or socks on. A Twin Six know-em. It is good to be part of the club and I am thankful that Brent, Ryan and Mark have allowed me back in the club year after year. Thank you guys – you rock.