An Introduction to “Sylvia” – my Avail Advanced Pro 1

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An Introduction to “Sylvia” – my Avail Advanced Pro 1

An Introduction to “Sylvia” – my Avail Advanced Pro 1

Many of you will know from my Instagram stories that I generally get very excited about things that happen in my life, however small.  So, you can imagine my excitement when I received a message from Liv Cycling UK asking if I would be interested in testing their new Avail Advanced Pro 1. I simply couldn’t contain my excitement and ran into HWMBO’s office to tell him the news, he remained as always cool calm and collected while I continued to jump up and down behaving not in a dissimilar way to my 5-year-old granddaughter.   

Cycling is a relatively new sport for me.  I rode a bike as a child and when we lived in Norway I remember cycling down a steep hill going headlong into a sand box, flew off my bike, over a fence and into a garden with a large dog in, not a pleasant experience.  Some years later when I lived in London I cycled to work every day until tragically a friend of mine sadly lost her life after a cycling accident, I didn’t go near a bike for a long time after that until 1999 when I took part in the BallBuster Duathlon.  

In December 1919 I entered the Ride Across Britain – Lands End to John O’Groats, 980 miles over 9 days.  At the time of entering I didn’t even own a road bike – just a small technicality! 

All my bikes have names, Mavis my first bike (now on the turbo), Pebbles my gravel bike and now there’s Sylvia the Avail Advanced Pro 1 – a great name as she’s a beautiful gloss charcoal colour.

I’m not good at the technical stuff so here is a description of the bike from the Liv Cycling UK’s website:

 

Sizes XS, S, M, L
Colours Gloss Charcoal
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite
Fork Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer
Shock N/A
Handlebar Liv Contact SLR D-Fuse [XXS, XS, S, M] Giant Contact SLR D-Fuse [L]
Stem Liv Contact SLR Flux
Seatpost Giant D-Fuse SL, composite
Saddle Liv Contact SL (forward)
Pedals N/A
Shifters SRAM Force eTap AXS
Front Derailleur SRAM Force eTap AXS
Rear Derailleur SRAM Force eTap AXS
Brakes SRAM Force AXS hydraulic disc
Brake Levers SRAM Force AXS hydraulic
Cassette SRAM Force AXS, 10×33

Chain SRAM Force AXS
Crankset SRAM Force, 33/46
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP, press fit
Rims Giant SLR 1 Disc 30 Composite WheelSystem
Hubs Giant SLR 1 Disc 30 WheelSystem
Spokes Giant SLR 1 Disc 30 WheelSystem
Tyres Giant Gavia Fondo 1, 700×32, tubeless

Liv bikes are designed specifically for women, as they say on their website: 

So we don’t just make a “woman’s bike.” A bike for “not men.” A bike for shorter legs or shorter rides. It’s not that simple. And neither are we. No, we don’t just make a “woman’s bike.” We make a lot of them. We design every bike for women, from the ground up. 

 

This bike is designed as an endurance road bike – perfect for me.  Sylvia was delivered to my favourite bike shop in Tenterden, RM Cycles – they sorted me out with pedals as well as giving me a bike fit, essential before riding any bike.  No bike is the same without a touch of pink (my favourite colour), so bright pink bottle cages have been added, they go perfectly with charcoal!

The following morning, I headed out for a couple of hours to test out this magnificent machine. I found the ride very comfortable, even going over bumps in the road was more comfortable than Pebbles had been.  The saddle worked well for me and the 32c tyres were a huge asset especially as the road was a bit icy, giving me more confidence. I absolutely loved the electronic gears, so easy to use.  With one finger I gave a light press on one of the leavers either left or right and the gear changed up or down and if I wanted to go into the larger/smaller cog I pressed both together – so simple!

There were no significant hills on the route I took so on the next outing I took myself up Forge Hill in Pluckley to test out the gearing, they certainly didn’t disappoint making the climb seem much easier. Downhill riding is something that still scares me so I have yet to test Sylvia on a steep descent, but she handles well with the lesser ones I have been on so perhaps this will give me renewed confidence to challenge my fears. I have planned many long rides for Sylivia over the next few months and I look forward to being able to test her further, but for the moment I’m over the moon to be riding such a beautiful bike!

 

 

 

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