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Cycling vs. Photography

I have slowed down photography & now picking up the speed in cycling. Well not my riding speed, but the speed of money spent on the components!

I though photography is expensive…. I have a D3 (around RM14K), lenses (total maybe RM30-40K) & the rest of the accessories (another RM10K); and that is all. For bike, I already into my 3rd road bike. Started with RM1500 MTB, then upgraded to RM8K full-suspension half-carbon MTB before I bought my first roadbike at RM8K (Trek Madone 4.7). On that bike, I upgraded the groupset from SRAM Rival to SRAM Red (RM4500), changed the seatpost to carbon & upgraded the wheel to Fulcrum Zero (RM3200). Within less than a year I bought 2010 Trek Madone 6.9, the top of Trek’s bike that time. The frame alone cost me RM12K!! Initially I used all the old components from 4.7 into this 6.9, but then I add another wheelset, Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR, the top of the range among Fulcrum wheels. That was RM8K! I also changed the stem to Bontrager XXX that cost me RM800. Yup just the stem. Then I upgraded my alloy rim to full carbon. Another RM7.5K for that Bontrager XXX full carbon clincher. And…..the recent most upgrade was moving from American frame to Italian! A 2012 Colnago C59! The original price of the frame is circa RM14K but I bought a second hand unit for RM10K.

Now, I am contemplating to change my high profile XLR rims to Lightweight wheels. A RM14K wheelset! Fortunately, I deferred the idea for the time being!

Oh btw, I have not talk about the jerseys & cycling shoes! Shoes also made from carbon. And they are about RM1000 per pair. The pedal is RM1200 (Speedplay) & I already bought a second pedal recently. Good jersey is about RM300-400 per piece & bib is RM400++. So for this raya, I might just wear the jersey to Eid prayer!

My new bike

I thought Madone 6.9 was going to be my ultimate bike. How wrong I was. Last Wednesday, I got myself Colnago C59. A second-hand but like-new condition, 2012 model, hand carried from Rome! Thanks Captain Abid!

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I just transferred all my previous components to this new Italian bike. Add chain catcher & the final weight is 6.87 kg. About 250 grams heavier than the previous Madone 6.9 setup. Meaning I (not the bike) need to shed more weight!

I did 140km on this new bike & indeed it is stiffer than the Project 1. Coupled with my Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR, I would say, to maintain 35-38 kmh is easier. However the bike still can’t cast any magic power for me not to be dropped when cycling with my faster friends.

Overall, C59 is a nice bike but it is not really an upgrade from Madone 6.9.

The rider needs to be upgraded!

What will I do to my Madone 6.9? Some friends suggest that I build a climbing bike. But I am not the type able to use more than one device (except camera…he he…well one DX & one FX). So for now, it’s for sale. If any of you is interested on a Madone 6.9 Project 1 2010 size 52 (TT 53.7, ST 49) do let me know.

Fizik Kurve, broken & replaced!

I bought Fizik Kurve, a bicycle saddle about 6-8 months ago. It is one of the most expensive Fizik. But I like it a lot. After about 1000Km ride on it, it broke (as per picture). It was not due to fall. I realized it when we stop after a recovery ride post 420 km 3 days interstate event.

I emailed Fizik in Italy. They responded in less than 24 hours asking the serial number & my address. Then in less than 10 days the replacement unit arrived. What a good after sales support from Fizik! Thank you.

Kurve is not that light. Its > 200 gram but I like it. It is so comfortable. While waiting for the replacement, a friend loan me his San Marco 145 gram carbon saddle….. it is so hard & not suitable for my butt! :) Kurve is so far very comfortable.