Raleigh Bicycles

Yesterday, Monday July 21, Julia, Peter and I (the Long Bike Back Team) were at the Inside Edge in Glens Falls, NY to pick up our brand new Raleigh bicycles.  Bill Trombley, Inside’s master mechanic, personally met us before the shop opened to finish assembling and fit us to the bikes.  The entire staff including Bill, Doug Baehme and the owners have all been awesome in their support of us and our project. 

Back in May, Bill at the Inside Edge had tuned up my 29er so I could test the old legs on the 36 miles of brutal hills that comprise Route 20 between Skaneateles and Cazenovia.  My cyclometer displayed a speed I’d never seen before going down into Cardiff and it took me over 11 minutes at 8 mph to climb the tallest hill I’ve ever seen out side of Cazenovia.

Anyway let me talk about the bikes! I am not all about gear– but I want a bike that inspires me to ride better.  Raleigh met this by sending us a Cadent FC & a Cadent FT1.  Both bikes, in my opinion, transcend hybrid. They beg for ridiculous speed and react as well if not better than any road bike I’ve been on or ridden next to at the Gimbel’s.  I have to admit that I love Carbon – the whole concept of being incredibly light and freakishly strong, simply inspires me.

To me these are not just bikes. These machines are the culmination of two years of work, two years of swallowing pain, two years of laying on my back dreaming of going fast again, dreaming of the open road, dreaming of being me again.  These bikes are not just bikes; they are our tools of change.  They are taking Pete and me across the country, through big cities and small towns, and ultimately into movie theaters and living rooms around the globe.  These are not just bikes; these machines will help make all of us safer.


-Pearson July 22, 2008. 11:28 PM, NY



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