Congrats! We expect you to be one of those parents that is constantly posting pictures of your new baby on Facebook:)
Thanks, I might be! Maybe she'll even be in my profile picture. Given how often you're on Facebook, you'll never know. ;)
Sweet! How did you like the Bike Zone?
Very cool. Pivots are looking really solid.
@Eco: I went up to the Bike Zone after Bash first mentioned it. It is quite a nice store with much more stock than anywhere I've been north of the city. Pretty good selection of brands. Some great deals on winter stuff in particular. In stock parts selection struck me as quite good.
@Eco, several people had recommended Bike Zone Barrie as one of the few places that stock a reasonable selection of high quality bikes. Last year I visited several good bike shops and saw almost no bikes over $3,000, which was half what I expected to spend. (Turns out I expected wrong.) Even Bike Zone only stocks a few high end bikes in each brand they carry.
I was able to try riding a Pivot Mach 429 Trail around their parking lot, just to confirm that medium seemed like the right size. And thanks to Crash, I was able to ride a small Mach 429SL Carbon (same model I'm getting, smaller size) on my home trails. But it's hard to make an informed choice around here unless you have a friend with the bike you want. There are demo days coming up in southern Ontario over the next few weeks but some 2017 bike models (not Pivot) are already sold out for the year.
The Carbons were able to do a lot more test riding when they were shopping - jealous! I think I can get used to anything so it should be fine. It'll be a big change though - 29er, no front derailleur (1X12) and a dropper seat post. Looking forward to figuring it all out.
Thanks! I usually go to Bikelands but like to have choices. Nothing high end but possibly a hybrid. Enjoy your new baby!!
They have lots of bikes at all levels - definitely worth a look!
Sick new whip! You'll love the dropper once you get used to it.
I'm excited about that! It doesn't come standard so I added it. I practised using one when we rented bikes in Utah and I think I will really like it.
The only negative was that two of our rental bikes had malfunctioning dropper posts, and a passing cyclist said, "There are only two types of dropper posts - the broken ones and the ones that are about to break." Browner's broke during transport to the trails. We'd been warned that if the cable got pulled (or something) that it could be pretty much impossible to fix - and it was. Hopefully, the Pivot's internal cable design will be more foolproof.
Sweet bike! The Pivots are the top selling bike at Bow Cycle, the big bike shop in Calgary, people love the Pivots. Very nice! I fully agree with how your bike is spec'd: 29 inch wheels, dropper post, 1x12. So nice! I couldn't imagine riding what I did this week without being able to drop the seat out of the way. So good. We haven't had issues with our posts but I would recommend servicing them regularly (every 2 years?). Worth the cost and hassle for what an advantage they are. As for ripping out the hose that connects it, we haven't had any issues.
Enjoy your amazing new bike!
Thanks, looking forward to learning to ride it!