• Frame - Advanced-Grade Carbon Composite

  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite, hybrid OverDrive steerer

  • Handlebar - Giant Contact

  • Stem - Giant Connect

  • Seatpost - Carbon Vector

  • Saddle - Liv Contact (forward)

  • Shifters - Shimano Ultegra 22 speed

  • Front Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra

  • Rear Derarilleur - Shimano Ultegra

  • Brakes - Giant SpeedControl

  • Brake Levers - Shimano Ultegra

  • Cassette - Shimano Ultegra, 11x30

  • Chain - KMC X11 EL-1

  • Crankset - Shimano Ultegra, 36/52

  • Bottom Bracket - Shimano Press Fit

  • Rims - Giant P-A2 Wheelset

  • Hubs - Giant P-A2 Wheelset

  • Spokes - Giant P-A2 Wheelset

  • Tyres - Giant Gavia AC Lite, tubeless, 700x25c

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Having had several years away from cycling, I was at a point where my son no longer needed lifts to and from weekend sporting events, and could be left at home by himself.  Hoorah!! Finally!!!

I was thinking of getting a new bike.  Chatting to a good friend of mine from one of the bands I play in (a whole new website beckons!) about carbon bikes, tubeless, specs etc, got me thinking.  I researched different manufacturers' offerings over and over looking for a road bike.  I fixed my budget and went with the 2019 Liv EnviLiv Women's bike. I took myself off to the not so Local, Giant Bike Shop, tried a couple in the shop for size and comfort, and had a bike fit to assess frame size required and duly placed my order.

The bike arrived around June 2019, whereupon I had a proper bike fit on my bike, selected pedals, shoes and helmet.  Other gear I'd already been building up when waiting for the bike.

Whilst scrolling on FaceBook, an event popped up 'London to Brighton Cycle Ride'.  This I duly completed. You'll find the details on the Adventures Page. 

The bike went away for the winter, and didn't come out again until April 2020. We were then into COVID-19 first lockdown. Cycling suddenly became the 'in thing' for many people who hadn't been on a bike for years!  Walkers, runners and cyclists clogged up my usual routes.  All great fun, as cars were nowhere to be seen!!  

I had SPD-SL clipless pedals, and in the July 2019, I had my first ever tumble off.  I was stationary at the time - well this is how it went....

Rolling down the middle of Burford High Street in the Cotswolds, I remember thinking to myself: 'if I come off now, it's going to hurt, take it easy girl'. Approaching the bottom of the hill I could see a couple of cars stopping at the traffic lights over the bridge.  I slowed right down and unclipped one side.  I then thought: 'I'm not sitting behind cars only to breath in their fumes as they pull off when the lights turn green'. So I rolled between the cars and the kerb to the front. I pulled in right in front of the first car and came to a stop.  That's when I just fell sideways, CRUNCH.  My cleat had caught in the pedal and I'd fallen before I could do anything about it.  In those circumstances, pride says, get up and go.  So that's what I did... then I realised my right wrist was a bit sore.  I stopped the other side of the bridge, phoned home for a lift (I'd cycled all of 1 mile from home!!). Quick change at home and off to A&E.  Wrist in plaster for 6 weeks. That gave me plenty of time to think about what I wanted to get out of cycling.

Due to COVID, bikes were really popular, new bikes were becoming scarce, and second hand bike prices were high.  I chose to sell the EnviLiv, thinking Carbon road was fun, but not really want I wanted.  Touring was really what I had always wanted to do. Read about the Marin to see where that took me...