New Bike Day is coming up! It's my first road bike ever which makes it even more exciting. Almost two months ago I placed an order at I was looking for an all-round bicycle: nothing fancy, just something to get me started with cycling. As a Dutch guy cycling isn't something new, but a road bike is just not your ordinary bicycle choice in the Netherlands. So coming Saturday, I'll be picking up a Canyon Endurace AL 7.0. My brother will come along as he picked up his bike last summer. I'm excited!

The reason I'm picking up bicycling is to avoid injury from running. I'm still too heavy for running. I can feel the aches and pains when completing a running workout, and since cycling is a low-impact sport, I decided to mix it up — not entirely abandon running but slightly dialing it back a notch.

Some bike specs. Highlights: weighing in at only 8.2 kg, and awarded 8/10 by Cycling Weekly, the Endurace AL 7.0 is made for Gran Fondos and long weekend adventures – the definition of the modern do-it-all road bike. The Endurace AL 7.0 starts with a rigid and light aluminum frame, with a weight of 1350 g, and builds it up with the workhorse Shimano 105 groupset, comfortable Canyon seat post, and Aksium wheelset. Cycling Weekly’s testers praised the “great acceleration and a well thought-out geometry.”

The bike is Shimano 105 equipped. The latest Shimano 105 inherits key technologies from the Dura-Ace and Ultegra race groups, making cutting edge design details available to riders looking for value in their component selection. The robust design and seamless action give total control over shifting and braking.

What else will I be using? Well, Strava is still in place social wise. For my training, I'll be using Training Peaks. Recording a bike ride will be done on the excellent Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. Workouts on the Elemnt Bolt will be uploaded automatically to Strava and Traingpeaks.