My New Bike – Rocky Mountain Vertex

by Ed Lau on June 12, 2007

So it’s been a bit more than a month since I decided to be more active and healthy and I’m doing pretty well. I’ve dropped about 10, lifting more and overall, my pants feel looser and I feel more energized. I’ve almost entirely overhauled my diet, buying fresh veggies, lean meats and switching to whole wheat products. I started running a couple times a week and this week, I’ll be picking up my new bike.

I was thinking about buying a bike for awhile since gas prices are absurd and everywhere I go on a regular basis is a bike-able distance. I had demolished my last bike about a year ago and hadn’t had the time to buy another one. This time, I decided, rather than buying some generic bike from some department store or Costco, I’d go to a bike store and get a quality one. I was originally going to buy a road bike since I think I’ll mostly be riding in urban environments but all but the most expensive road bikes are rather flimsy and I would just wreck it. After work today, I went to a shop a friend recommended me in East Richmond that was clearing out their stock. Luckily enough, there was one in my price range in my size.

What this is is a 2006 Rocky Mountain Vertex 10. It’s a bit more than what I was looking to spend since I was originally looking at the Soul model from the same company, which was about $400 less. This model, however, is better equipped and is almost 10 pounds lighter. I got a pretty good deal on it too considering it retails at $1399. I put down a deposit and will be back to pick it up tomorrow. The weather is getting really nice so I look forward to riding soon.

in Sports and Health

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Kwan June 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

How much did you pay?


Work From Home June 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Enjoy it, man! I used to be into BMX riding, and it really is a great way to exercise. In my case, everywhere I go is too far away to ride (I’ve got a decent mountain bike now), but I still like to go for a spin every now and again.

- Mike


Rick Yuen June 12, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Enjoy the bike, just don’t hog the road like most cyclists! :)


ms danielle June 13, 2007 at 1:08 am

so you using it for mt biking or road biking? either way, have fun with it! 10 lbs is worth the extra $$$


Ed Lau June 13, 2007 at 1:46 am

Michael: Just under a grand. Got some extra pedals too (so I don’t have to buy those cycling shoes right away).

Danielle: A little of column A, a little of column B. Mostly road but a trail now and again. I was actually thinking of buying a road bike AND a serious mountain bike…but this way I’m easing myself into it. I can always sell it and buy another.


ms danielle June 14, 2007 at 12:16 am

yea maybe a hybrid next? those can be fun… once you get into biking there’s no turning back :D


Ed Lau June 14, 2007 at 3:36 am

Hahah…that’s thinking too far. If I were to buy again, it would be selling this one and getting a road bike and one with full suspension…and loads of carbon fiber.


Natron June 13, 2007 at 9:07 am

Hopefully your bike gets more use than mine which has been hanging in the garage for years…


Janny March 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

Could you please tell me how much you paid??


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