Wabi Cycles Lightning RE First Impression

“It is the most comfortable bike that you would ever ride”

That is a big claim for bike that will cost you about 2 grand. Did I mention that it was steel? oh yes, but not just “any” steel but Columbus Spirit Steel.

(Disclosure: Wabi cycles sent us a Lightning RE for us to review.  Moe has accepted to do the review because he is roadie, loves bikes and he is just plain awesome. -RL Policar)

If you follow us on Facebook, you would have seen some of the teaser shots from the un-boxing of the Lightning RE to its first 18 mile ride to the beach. Here is my first impression of the bike:

For starters, the bike came well packaged and protected in a box via Fedex.

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It is also worth noting that the bike was pretty much 90% assembled, a simple hex tool was all I needed to put the bike together.

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As soon as the bike was assembled, I couldn’t help to notice how beautiful the bike is. The frame is traditional with a carbon fiber fork, the parts are polished and that Red… quite captivating. The bike got a few compliments as I was riding the bike to the beach, it is definitively a looker.

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There is one thing about this bike that I’m still on the fence; the Microshift Centos shifting components. I’ve never heard of Microshift before, a quick google search yielded few results, some of these results comparing this grouppo with Shimano 105s. Well, my current bicycle is equipped with 105s so a comparison will be a must.

So what about that claim that this is going to be the most comfortable bike I’ve ever ridden? So far it is totally true. The bike blew my mind, I just could not believe how different the ride is from my Giant TCR SLR 2.

The ride to and from the beach is relatively flat with minimal shifting and braking so I still need to put the bike through some uphills and descents. Stay tuned for my full review.

Mandy Fender

We normally don’t do kickstarter campaigns, but we love bamboo and this company has this really unique way of setting up your own bamboo fenders, it’s called the Mandy Fenders.

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The Mandy Fender is a sustainable bicycle fender that enhances the functionality and aesthetics of any bicycle:
Versatile and interchangeable: The Mandy Fender is the most versatile bike fender ever designed. It fits on nearly every type of bike design: You no longer need a different bike fender for each bike you own.
Easy to install: The Mandy Fender comes with all the parts and tools you need. With a simple video tutorial and a clear instruction manual, anyone can install the Mandy Fender in 30 minutes or less.
Tough and functional: Designed and made from bamboo, the Mandy Fender is light, durable and weather resistant. The mounting hardware consists of both 304 stainless steel and chrome-plated parts.
The Mandy Fender is made with a layer of memory film that allows them to retain its shape. It can be reshaped to fit onto a different bicycle using hot air (from a hair dryer). It is also designed to withstand harsh weather conditions such as snow and mud.

Bicycle Adventures-Bike Black Friday

Everyone knows that Black Friday is usually a time spent where hoards of people are rushing to get the best deals. But have you considered doing something different? You know, different as in not getting caught up with all that ruckus. Why not try being active on Black Friday. Yep, get out there and ride.

The folks at Bicycle Adventures have made it Black Friday something you do on your bike. Plus, they’ve given us an incentive to do so! Here’s how it works, If you take a picture on Black Friday while riding your bike outside or if you’re in the gym at a cycling class, and post it to your Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook, with #BikeBlackFriday, you will be entered to win prizes! See, I told you it was that simple.

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By doing so, you’ll increase your chances in winning a Bicycle Adventure to Bryce and Zion National Parks, an Orbea Urban bicycle and much more!

Here’s the “official rules” from http://www.bikeblackfriday.com/

It’s easy! Here’s how to enter:

1. Use the hashtag #BikeBlackFriday and tag @bikeadventures. Tell us how you plan to ride on Black Friday. Post an Instagram photo of yourself (or yourself and friends.) 

2. Any bike ride counts: indoors, outdoors, solo or group ride.

3. Enter up to 5 times (but you can submit as many photos as you like!)

4. Fill out the form below.

5. Share with friends!

*Contest Prizes: 1. Grand prize: 6-day Bicycle Adventures tour of Bryce & Zion National Parks. 2. Orbea Carpe urban flat-bar road bike. 3. Set of #BikeBlackFriday t-shirts and water bottles for cycling group or indoor spin class (up to 30.)