It took me a long time to spend this much on a bike... some years ago I decided to get a pretty nice aluminum touring bike for club rides and later a newish aluminum cyclocross to commute on. I was so wrong.....My first ride on the San Marcos was sooo quiet.. not used to a ride that makes so little noise and the drivetrain was so solid it felt like a fixe. But the main thing I have noticed is that the San Marcos is actually faster on the club rides because it is so comfortable to climb with or push hard on flats. I would have never thought such a beautiful vintage- looking bike would be so sleek. If you're looking... don't cheap out like I did..go for it.
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San Marcos. A beautiful and comfortable bike.
June 3, 2013
from Maryland, United States
I haven't gotten completely used to having such a lovely bicycle. Mine has the double top tube: looks nice, handles exceptionally well. Wonderful-looking lugs. Several young ladies have even said nice things to me about it, in passing - perhaps they liked the blue-green frame color, with dark brown Brooks saddle and bar tape - they didn't specify. A few simple and quietly elegant manufacturer's labels. Kickstand plate. Good clearance for fenders. I set mine up with a silver Soma front rack and a well-matched silver MEC rear rack, adding utilitarian beauty in my eyes. Comfortable geometry, including gently sloping top tube with better clearance than my other bikes. Until I save up enough for a Yves Gomez, the International Man's Mixte, this will do nicely. I may need a better lock, however. Thanks for designing this, Mr. Peterson.