I’ve Rekindled my love of an Old Flame – Serotta CSI

My Custom Steel Serotta CSI aka Sarah with Shimano Dura-Ace 7800

Yes it’s true an old flame has come back into the picture.  Sarah, my custom steel Serotta CSI, has recently piqued my interest again.  Earlier in the week I made the decision to sell Sasha, my Cervelo Soloist SL.  I wondered which bike I would ride if I sold Sasha.  After only a little thinking I decided to get Sarah back on the road.  I took my SRM 7900 wireless power meter crankset along with the Power Control 7 head unit off of Sasha and installed it on Sarah.  Sarah is equipped with a full 7800 Dura-Ace group.  And honestly, I am a bigger fan of 7800 than I am of 7900.  I wasn’t all that impressed with the mechanical 7900 Dura-Ace offering from Shimano.  Hence, I just skipped mechanical 7900 Dura-Ace and went right to the electronic Dura-Ace Di2 group which was on Felicia then Sasha and is now on hold waiting for a new bike.

I’ve done two rides on Sarah and I’m in love again  Her “steel is real” ride has no comparison.  I was even thinking today as I was riding that I might sell Rebecca, a Cervelo R3-SL.  Wednesday  I rode through Santiago Canyon.  Thursday I was in San Diego.  I rode from Encinitas to Ramona and back through Rancho Santa Fe.  I chose to climb through Highland Valley Rd on the way out to Ramona because I wanted the challenge of the steep ramps along with scarce traffic.  I was curious how Sarah, a steel frame, would compare to my super uber carbon frames on the 10-14% pitches found on Highland Valley Rd.  By the way, it is one of San Diego’s best kept secret roads 😉  Weather was almost perfect- just a little headwind to whine about 😉  Sarah performed beautifully!  So now I am spending more time with Sarah and enjoy the “steel is real experience”.