Ever Thought of a Titanium Bike?
What a question, aye?
In the ‘garage of many bits’ I had a bike (in fact several) for every type of riding I enjoy - commuters, sportives, fast roads, hill climbers, long riders, tourers and weekenders. These bikes were Colnago’s, Specialized Tarmac’s (S-Works), SL3 Roubaix, Allez’s, Boardman Pro Hybrids and a Peugeot.
Sitting there one day (recently) I thought ‘what about if I could get one bike that could do ALL the cycling I love’, does that physically exist??.
It would have to be light, comfortable, fast, climb well, able to take full (proper) mudguards, rear rack for work (200 miles a week – all weathers), be well kitted out and just as important riding through Bristol,,,, as inconspicuous as possible – just look like ‘another bike’ and blend into the background - not ‘here I am steal me’ bling.
I searched for some time, read reviews, did a hell of a lot of research and now completed my first Titanium bike,,,, and it meets everything I wanted – a Sabbath September Ti.
Yesterday I did the third run since completion, great weather, bit windy, sunshine and a little cold. I did a damn good ride and not an ache or blister – she’s gorgeous.
I have NEVER owned a bike that rides so nice, really does. For years I have thought about Ti but never dived in and bought one, until recently, and the frame/forkset are second hand (just in case) with some kit I kept back from the selling extravaganza.
I really wished I had done this years ago instead of spending a fortune on bikes - from the standard ones to really high enders. I have now sold every bike in the stable, can’t believe how much was standing in the garage (which is now a very empty place) both in aluminium and carbon (and ££££) - except for the Peugeot (sentimental and won several races years ago) and my September, that’s it.
Below is a photo of the bike, may not suit everyone or the 'must have the big names to impress' gurus, but it’s a hard one to beat – and over the years I have ridden some bikes.
She has Ksyrium elites, conti 4 seasons, DA 7900 mechs, Ultegra brakes, CK headset, full mudguards, Keo carbons, pump, bottle cages etc etc and still nudges the scales a good tad under 19 lbs (without the extras, just on 16 lbs) which is excellent.
If anyone is considering a look at Ti – don’t hesitate, I would have saved thousands over the years and I still never had a bike as comfortable and as all encompassing as this puppy. Go for one, you won’t regret it for sure!