Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Meet Sherman

Sherman is my bike.  She has been getting me through this long period of injury and basically keeping me sane.  She was made by Trek and is green.

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!
American baby!
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
While we are looking at the crank, notice the pedals.  They are the only upgraded part of the bike because let's face it, a bike this awesome could never be improved. You may have also noted that she is equipped with Shimano Altus components.  According to Shimano the Altus group "provides a feeling of "easy control" that inspires confidence, especially among novice cyclists and younger riders." So smooth and easy to control that a kid could hop right on and ride yet sophisticated enough for the discerning cyclist.  It is literally impossible to get any better than that.

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!
So far Sherman has held up to all that I can throw at her without complaint, except for the occasional creak and groan. She was never designed for long distances but has held up admirably over the past few months.  Some day I will look back and remember with fondness the miles we covered together.  The heavy, solid feeling of the ride, the sudden jumping of the chain during a shift, the need to stop pedaling when shifting the front derailleur.  All these memories will stay with me if the day ever comes to move on to another.  Sherman is a good, solid bike which has kept me active, even if she does have a strange affinity for George C. Scott.


  1. looks like a tank all right!

  2. Sherman, is a sweet American sexy machine!!! Her color is beautiful. She is totally American made just like her rider :) Keep on pedalling!