At a campaign stop in Denver on Monday, Hillary Clinton had the distinct pleasure of drinking coffee and meeting a 10-year-old young girl named Macy Friday.
Pedaling For Pints Luke made a review of this AWOL. This is how a real review should be done. Traveling across a continent, 4500 miles from New York to Seattle via Portland, then make an evaluation. Luke is not affiliated with Specialized. He bought the bike with hard earned money and these are his honest opinions. Thanks Luke!
Review of the Specialized AWOL Deluxe 2014 (UK)
I’ve been living on this bike for over 2 months now. It’s carried me, and everything I’ve needed, 4500 miles from the East coast of The USA to the West; over mountains, through forests and across plains. So it’s time to share my thoughts - good and bad (but mostly good).
READY TO ROLL
There was only one component I changed after buying the AWOL; the saddle, and that was for a Brooks Cambium C17 (which has been amazing). Other than that, the bike is ready for adventure out of the box. The Deluxe version in the UK even comes complete with Tubus racks and mudguards.
I initially thought about upgrading a few components - shifters, derailleur, possibly crankset - but then I (and my bank balance) decided not to. There’s no point spending extra money on a slightly lighter derailleur for the unexpected to happen. When touring, if it works, it works. That’s all that matters.
This is the first bike I’ve owned with discs and there’s no going back. The stopping power is incredible - fully loaded, in the pouring rain, over gravel, descending mountains - no problem.
Dave (of The 5th Floor) asked me I’d be riding much gravel on my trip, I answered no. Wrong. Miles and miles of it. From random back roads (thanks Google), rails to trails and highway shoulders - gravel. But the 42c tyres handled it all. I was concerned they would compromise rolling speed but at 90-100psi they fly.
I like to do my research before buying anything. Probably too much if I’m honest. There weren’t any reviews of the AWOL but there was a lot of discussion about the geometry. I don’t pretend to know a lot about this topic but it sparked a lot of debate. All I know is, it’s comfortable. I’ve ridden this bike 7 hours a day for 70 days and not once had a sore neck, knee or back.
This was how I managed to convince my girlfriend I needed another bike - “it’s not just a touring bike, it’s a commuter, off-roader and all-rounder. So really, I’m buying one more bike instead of four” - or something to that effect.
Before leaving for New York, I’d been riding it to work for a couple of months and it was a noticeably comfier commute than my fixed gear. Then in the Tetons, I whipped off the racks and took to the mountains - so much fun.
Read the full review, the good and the bad HERE
In a move that’s shaking the entire television industry, HBO announced it will begin offering online-only packages that will allow users to access its entire library of content without a cable subscription — and you can thank Millennials for it.
Pay attention, network goons, because your stupid outdated business model is dying with your audience. The future is online.
Look at this, pretty amazing. We have AWOL’s on the summit of the highest paved road in Europe. The Pedalours are killing it in Andalucia, southern Spain right now. Follow them on Instagram for some dope inspiration. This is definitely the roof of our trip - highest paved road of Europe 3396m on #picodelveleta Andalucia. See how the storm lift our faces #facelifting #goawol #wearegoingawol
The NFL is looking for 10,000 volunteers for this season’s Super Bowl. Commentator Frank Deford thinks other causes are more deserving.
More reasons to get over football and the NFL.