It wasn’t long after I started riding to work that I decided I had done enough trips to justify a new set of wheels. I think I lasted maybe five journeys on my mountain bike before deciding that an upgrade was in order. Say hello to bike number two:
I believe this is classed as a “commuter” bike – similar to a road bike, but without the dropped handlebars. It’s wonderful! It’s a 2012 Merida Speeder T3, and you know that any bike whose model name contains the word “speed” has got to be fast. In fact, the first day I rode it home, my trip time was 25% faster than it was on my mountain bike!
To be fair, it’s not without its downsides – well, one downside anyway. The tires are much more prone to punctures than the mountain bike seemed to be. In the three months I’ve had the bike, riding on average one or two days per week (curse you, rain!), I’ve already had three punctures. Three! I never got a puncture on the mountain bike! But, I guess that’s the price you gotta pay for running your tires at a much higher pressure (100 psi versus 40-50)!
Anyway – it is overall a huge improvement for the commute to work, and I really enjoy riding it. And, I’m absolutely loving the selection of music that I have for my journey – basically I just put my phone on shuffle, and every song is a winner! Here’s my current playlist, for the curious:
- Alter Bridge – One Day Remains: Classic stadium rock.
- Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions: Scottish alternative rock/punk. If you’ve never heard them, do yourself a favour…
- Billy Talent – II | III: Canadian, classic punk. One of my all time favourite bands for getting the adrenaline pumping!
- Maroon 5 – Hands All Over: Say what you will about Maroon 5; their music has a fantastic beat and pace for workouts.
- Pearl Jam – Backspacer | Pearl Jam: Only two Pearl Jam albums! I’m as shocked as you are!
- Rise Against – Appeal to Reason | The Sufferer & The Witness | Endgame: Politically charged punk/post hardcore; these guys are awesome!