Bought this bike brand new in May of 2009 from Wheatridge Cyclery for a very good price. Intended use was to ride to and from school. At the time, I lived almost 8 miles away. All down hill going there, but all up hill coming home.
After I rode it during a rain storm one day, I learned the value of fenders. Wheatridge Cyclery had a nice set of SKS commuters in stock. With some finaggling and a little bit of Dremel usage, the fenders went on:
Later, I added a rack, and some small panniers. I quickly put on lots of miles with it. Over time though, I had numerous problems with hand fatigue and pain in my shoulders. Adjusted the fit a bit, and the shoulder pain subsided, but I would still have a lot of hand fatigue. After playing with my hand positions on the flat bars, I learned I needed something that could give me more positions.
I decided to go with drop bars. This would be a fun conversion requiring the purchase of some new parts. Purchased a set of Tektro RL520 brake levers designed for use with linear pull brakes and went with a set of 8 speed indexed Shimano bar end shifters. Throw on some blue tape, and I had a nice drop bar bicycle:
I love the drop bars.
As of October 2009, I have put at least 1,100 miles on my Sirrus.
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