I made it down to Angle Lake Cyclery on Friday to test ride some Bacchetta recumbents. My goals were to test ride the Giro 20TT, the Corsa-24 and the regular Corsa. When I got there Dale told me he sold the Giro 20TT on Thursday to a Canadian who really needed it right now! No worries, he had a Corsa-24 built up and ready for a go.
The first thing I noticed about the Corsa-24 is that my feet were flat on the ground. The bike seemed a little small to me in that regard but the pedal position was perfect. I took it out for a ride, Kristin captured the test rides in the slideshow above. The aero bars on the Corsa-24 were a bit tight. My legs are beefy and wide, the bar hit my legs when turning even small angles. Dale added a few spacers and moved the bar up and also changed the angle. It worked but I was definitely considering a different bar.
The ride was great, stable at low speeds, solid power transfer, light, responsive, a great bike. I rode it up and down the street enjoying every second. I headed back thinking that if the Corsa-24 was this easy, what about the regular Corsa in a medium frame. So I asked Dale about the Corsa with the 650c rims. He had a Corsa S/S there in medium so I took it out next. At this point, Dale had more people in the shop so it wasn't adjusted as much for me, it also had a recurve seat on it, which wasn't what I wanted. I gave it a spin though and really loved it.
After I came back Dale and I chatted a bit about options and what modifications he could do and what would be a good idea. I asked about the a Dynohub for lighting and he said it would be no problem and he has the Schmidt Hub in stock. He also said that he has a really nice fender solution for the Corsa. That excited me as I thought I was going to have to use SKS race blades for fenders, the opportunity for real fenders sounds great for someone in the Pac NW. We also chatted about Q-Rings. I told Dale I needed to chat with Kristin and work out the finances but I would be giving him a call. I think I found my STP and randoneuring bike. This will be my dream bike. I will be selling the trike and keeping the Vivo as a backup ride and guest ride.
My Corsa build plans:
- 2008 Corsa, Black, Medium frame
- 155mm Cranks (possibly 153mm, I may have to get Ultegra cranks cut down)
- Q-Rings (53,40,30)
- Euromesh Seat (standard)
- Rans B-38 Bar (recommended by Dale, good idea for my beefy self)
- Mirror (left)
- Schmidt Dynohub
- Schmidt E6 or LED Light
- wired Tail Light
- One Arm Bandit light mount
- Fenders (Dale's magic solution)
- Lowrider Panniers (yellow, fasten to the seat)
- Seat Bag
- 2 water bottle holders attached to seat
- Time ATAC XS pedals and cleats
- Bontrager Hardcase tires
- 2 spare tires (folding bead)
- 4 spare tubes
- Helmet Light probably Cateye EL410
- Visor for my helmet (homemade most likely, possibly using plastic from a flower pot)