Candy is my new, new baby. She was born at Total Rush, Richmond on the 18 January 2013.
Almost an impulse buy, Candy came to me out of luck. I had mentioned to the guys at TR that I was interested in getting a cx bike, then like magic, they clicked their fingers and a pink XS frame was in my hands. You will come to realise that I have a thing for pink. So as soon as I laid eyes on Candy, she was mine. It was almost the most expensive impulse buy i’ve ever made, lucky I was in the market for a cx bike – so it was NOT an impulse buy. She is tagged with “bunny hopper” on the frame, and when I picked her up last week – I did bunny hop all the way home.
Candy gained her name from a Facebook poll. Obviously she is very candy coloured, so the name fits very well. You could almost eat her.
She has two purposes. 1. for me to commute to work on, 2. to race cyclocross. Summer commuting, winter cross. Compared to the Watermelon (90s steel framer), Candy commutes like a dream, she sucks up all the bumps of St Georges Road, and can go uphill with me carrying a 10kg messenger bag. There is no turning back, sorry Watermelon. I can’t wait to put her through her real paces, cyclocross.
You will be pleased to know that I have not retired my old commuter, the Watermelon – It will kick on as my pub bike. I love it to bits and would never sell it. More on it later.
CRUX EXPERT STYBAR – Skinny’s build
Total Rush, Richmond
Stybar Special edition Specialized E5 aluminum, fully manipulated tubing, smooth weld, semi-compact race design, shaped TT, integrated headset, 1-1/2″ lower bearing, internal cable routing, OSBB
Specialized FACT carbon legs, alloy steerer, 1-1/2″ lower bearing
1-1/8″ upper and 1-1/2″ lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings integrated, w/ headset, 8mm cone spacer, w/ 20mm of spacers
Specialized SW Clip, 3D forged alloy, 12-degree, 4-position adjustable, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp
Specialized Womens Expert 38, alloy, short drop
Zipp CX gel wrap
Avid canti w/ adjuster
Avid canti, w/ adjuster
SRAM APEX WHITE
SRAM APEX white
SRAM APEX WHITE DoubleTap, 10-speed
SRAM Apex, 10-speed, 11-28t
FSA SL-K Light BB30 carbon
SRAM CX 46/34
SRAM BSA TO BB30, sealed bearings
Specialized ALL CONDITION, aramid bead, 700x28c
Specialized ALL CONDITION, aramid bead, 700x38c
Lightweight, 60mm, presta
Body Geometry OURA PRO, CARBON rails
Specialized Sport, alloy, 27.2mm
Forged alloy, 31.8mm, brake stop