Bought a road bike

This might not be a topic that is interesting to everyone, but I recently bought a road bike, and I absolutely love it! :D

I’ve never owned a road bike before, and now I actually regret that – they are just so much cooler, nicer, faster and “awesomer”!

I bought a Giant TCR Composite 2 (2013) with a Ultegra/105-mix (more specifications).

Giant TCR Composite 2 Ultegra/105-mix
Giant TCR Composite 2 Ultegra/105-mix

Because I’ve never had a road bike before, I never realized the importance of having “extra gear” – This also explains why I only have pedals with toe clips, no bottle cages, no helmet, no bicycle clothes, and no bicycle computer. This setup has been sufficient for the first two weeks of owning a road bike, however when going on longer rides, I’m starting to miss having bicycle shorts…

Until now, I’ve ridden with my Nexus 5 in my pocket and tracked my rides with Strava, but I’m planning to get a bicycle computer soon – possibly a Garmin Edge. Any recommendations would be much appreciated! :)

Below I’ve included one of my most recent rides (actually it’s split  into two separate rides) – I know it’s not the fastest rides, but bear with me:

Bike specifications

  • Frame : Giant Composite Technology
  • Fork : Advanced-Grade Composite, Composite OverDrive Steerer
  • Handlebar : Giant Connect
  • Stem : Giant Connect
  • Seatpost : Giant TCR Vector Composite
  • Saddle : Giant TCR saddle
  • Shifters : Shimano Ultegra double
  • Front Derailleur : Shimano 105 (double)
  • Rear Derailleur : Shimano Ultegra (short cage)
  • Brakes : Tektro TK-R540 w/ cartridge pads
  • Brake Levers : Shimano Ultegra (double)
  • Cassette : Shimano Tiagra 12×28, 10s
  • Chain : KMC X10L
  • Crankset : Shimano 565 – 50×34
  • Bottom Bracket : Shimano Integrated
  • Rims : Giant P-R2
  • Hubs : Giant Sealed Bearings 24/28h
  • Spokes : DT Swiss Competition 14/15g
  • Tires : Giant P-R3, 700×23

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