After a four week wait my sparkly new Cube Nature Pro, also known as ‘Sonja’, arrived yesterday morning and the afternoon was spent fitting the various ‘must have’ accessories I need to create my perfect cycling companion. These included mudguards, frame lock, two drinks bottles, tyre pump and a cavernous handlebar bag to carry plenty of bananas.
Essentially this is an all-terrain, all-weather trekking/touring bike, made in Germany by Cube, primarily known for their excellent mountain, gravel and off-road bikes.
Today’s ride was intended to familiarise myself with a completely different cycling experience to my old city bike, ‘Lisa’, and to make any minor adjustments needed along the way.
In the first 5 km I established that the hydraulic disc brakes were extremely efficient and the rapid shift 27 speed drive train an absolute joy to use.
After this I just enjoyed the ride, through local woodlands, unpaved tracks & surfaced lanes, stopping in the middle of Laarderheide, next to the small wildfowl pond, for my banana break. This area is only a few kilometres from home but is somewhere that remained undiscovered by me until today.
I think this cycle will be much more comfortable over longer distances, which I aim to put to the test over the coming days.