Six months of riding the Specialized AWOL

It’s been about six months ago that I bought a 2014 Specialized AWOL. I have the standard edition in size Large.  I’ve ridden it almost every day since I bought it, all through the Winter, but no long distance rides yet, at most 25km.  I have been mostly using it for commuting so far.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the bike, but the impressions are not all peachy.

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SRAM Supercork and Bontrager Double Gel Cork bar tape comparison

I’ve been comparing different bar tape with the idea to find something that’s not much more expensive than $20 and provides good enough grip and cushioning.  I first tried the SRAM Supercork tape and liked it.  I then messed up my handle bar and had to re-tape, so I got a pack of Bontrager Double Gel Cork Tape because I liked how it felt on a Trek touring bike (was it the 520) that the local bike shop had on display.

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