Wait, Sherman is a she?! Yes. I suppose that is an extension of the tradition of sailors referring to their boats as female, because after all, it wouldn't be right for these burly men to lovingly talk about their boats as if they were other men. Then again these are the same people that considered manatees to be beautiful mermaids so it's all subjective at this point.
Anyways, here's Sherman.
|Look at those sweet lines.|
Now let's get to the point. She's a Trek 820 mountain bike built at some point in the last decade right here in the good ol' U.S.of A. That's right, this marvel of engineering is a home-grown beauty so you just know that it is a quality bike unlike the modern Asian bikes that dominate the market today. Not only that but Sherman proudly declares this right there on the fork. These colors don't run but they will zip by your ass!
One of the current trends in cycling is to opt for a compact crank as opposed to the traditional triple. As you can see in the picture below, Sherman refuses to follow the latest fads and instead stays with the tried and true performance of the triple crank. Many people argue that a compact out-performs the triple because of the savings in weight coupled with the fact that a compact provides 90% of the gear range that the triple has. Wrong. Three is always better than two.
|My crank goes to 21|
But no discussion concerning a bike would be complete without talking about the composition of the frame. Aluminum? Carbon fiber? Titanium? Once again this is where Sherman really shines. The scientists at Trek looked at all of the available options and declared that they were just not good enough. A new material was needed to create this bike. They labored long and hard into the night, stopping only for the occasional Hot Pocket snack break and by the end of the day they had created a technical marvel; Cro-Moly! An alloy which has such incredible properties that the composition of it is a closely guarded secret to this day. Is it aluminium? Steel? Kryptonite? Something found only on the moon of Endor? Damned if I know!
|Now with more Einsteinium!|