Test-rode the 2010 CAAD 9-5 the other day at Kozy’s. Somehow they let me do this during Maxwell St. Market, which surrounds the cycle store and is a semi-official fence for stolen bicycles. I guess they felt in control, holding my license and major credit card. (*minor* credit card, if it’s my credit limit we’re talking about.)
It’s a pretty sweet all-aluminum bike, but I don’t have much of a basis of comparison– yet. The bars were too wide for my shoulders, but that’s easy enough to change. It took me a minute to figure out how to upshift using the brifters — I was worried I’d have to return to the showroom and confess I didn’t know how to use the bike.
The ride was stiff, fast and fun but not enough so to overcome my distrust of multi-speed bicycles. True, the Shimano 105 shifted very cleanly, and the movements of the derailleurs felt *compact* and controlled. Still, the derailleurs felt extraneous. Unnecessary trappings holding back what would otherwise be a dangerously fast horse. Things that might go wrong, or break under load.