Morning Ride CC’s first bike feature! Recently we caught up with our good friend, Jason Delgado, to take some photos of his bike. Features are something we’ll be doing to showcase rider’s setups,bikes and just talk cycling.
This particular feature is a bit special for me, Jason basically showed me the ropes when I first got into cycling about four years ago. Matter of fact, the first ride I ever did using clip-on pedals was with Jason. He helped me setup the shoes and get acquainted with clip-ons. After we went out for a 50 mile ride which at the time was the longest I had ever done. Now, years later we’ve done a full circle not only in our friendship but with our riding. Below are a some questions with Jason, about cycling, bikes and how it all comes together and ties with everything else.
What’s up Jason. Before we start, give us a little background on yourself and how you got into cycling, why you love it so much, and how it has changed your life in any way?
“What’s up Nelson, thanks for the feature definitely looking forward to Morning Ride CC. Background on myself, well I’m an 80’s baby so I’m a bit weird not sure where I fit in. I am American born from a Cuban father and Colombian mother. Pretty dope mix. Lots of coffee In this family hhhhmmmm.
Cycling started off as a love/hate relationship for me. I was fat like, real fat, and I was in a dark place. My uncle being Colombian had a road bike for years and made a suggestion. So I bought a bike, it was very hard at first a few laps around the block at like 8 mph. It was frustrating but I was committed. Now a few years later and 70 LBS lighter you can say ‘I’m hooked’. The bike has taught me more than just commitment, but also discipline and patience. All which now I apply to my day-to-day life. It’s been a great foundation for a zen life in both personal and business aspects.”
Hahaha yep, what you just described is pretty much where we all started, slowly getting better if we commit to it. What was it that kept you committed? Was it as simple as just wanting to go faster?
“I wish it was as simple as just wanting to go faster…to be honest, the cycling experience was perfect for me. It was exactly what I needed.
Like I mentioned I was in a pretty dark place. Riding the bike was the equivalent to getting lost in a bottle with the expectation of a positive result. The harder I rode, the faster I was leaving the past behind me. The most mind blowing thing was everything started to change. I was expecting physical changes, but I wasn’t expecting my mindset and ambitions to change also. For the first time I looked in the mirror and saw true progress. Being committed was no longer a challenge. First goal completed was commitment. Being fast was only in after thought.”
You know, that’s the thing about cycling that sometimes it’s a bit hard to express to others who are either new to the sport or interested in it, is how instantly it rewards you. How fast you see those changes. It’s awesome to see that the change you were experiencing was the fuel that kept you committed.
But then the fun parts begin, and you get faster. With getting faster comes a whole another level with not only the further physical changes but also mental. On top of that the competitive aspect of the sport. From the social aspect, get more respect on group rides and other riders start noticing. Talk to me about that and what new challenges and experiences it brought?
“My mindset changed pretty fast, riding the bike is therapeutic. Physical changes took about 90 days.
The fun part?! That was the hardest part! That’s what made it fun tho. I was feeling pretty confident one day, and I got invited to the Weston Flyers ride. First time out I made two attacks and ended up getting dropped and doing the ride solo …’Ride of shame’. As the group rode to the sunset.
But that also showed me to be humble, and I stayed committed. But with a new respect for the community. You have to be humble; people invest a lot of time on themselves to improve in this sport. You can’t just be arrogant and overconfident, you need to earn your right. That was a tough challenge but a great lesson. With being humble there’s an abundance of learning.”
I couldn’t agree more, and that’s the part that a lot of people (including myself) confuse with elitism at first. But it’s not, once you invest the time yourself, and grow respect for the sport and to those that have been practicing it longer, you understand the difference. Very good insight Jason; now let’s talk about the bike, because well….It’s all about the bike (Rule #4).
How did you come in possession of this machine?
“Hahaha…The bike I have to thank Sandy Chin from Big Wheel Cycles in Hollywood. Sandy called me and said I have something I think you’ll like. Went to check it out; came home with me.”
So it’s basically an Illuminati Themed Special Edition S-Works Tarmac…very special edition because you can’t find anything online about it? It’s almost like Specialized followed the secretive reputation that the precedes the “real” Illuminati, and didn’t release much details about this bike.
“Yup it’s exactly that. It’s got an FSA finishing kit, Zipp SL88s , Power2Max power meter , Praxis chinrings 53/11, Dura Ace 9000 , Reynolds Strike wheels with a 11-25 for the day-to-day oh and a Prologo PAS2 saddle.”
That’s a serious pro setup there my friend. Let’s segue back to riding, there’s a lot of group rides happening every weekend in Miami, we’re not going to get too in-depth with all the rides in the city, as we’re going to feature those rides in the upcoming future here on the site. But real quick, which one is favorite?
“My favorite is The Aventura ride. But it has mood swings need to get it on the right weekend.”
Aahh They Sunday morning Aventura Ride, one of my favorites as well.
Thanks for the chat Jason, thanks for sharing your cycling story with us. We’ll touch bake again soon.
“Thanks for the feature.”