In our ongoing mission to get more customers trying and rating product, this year we are providing a selection of bikes to be reviewed over time. Here Shaun Clements tells us about impressions of the BMC Street Fire SSX01 2010 Road Bike. Check out his previous posts, too!
Initial impressions
2nd month in the saddle of the BMC

Over the last month there have been some ups and downs with my riding experiences. On the positive side, summer is finally here and more daylight hours equates to more time out on the bike.

After-work rides have become one of my favourite times of the week, reminding me that there is more to life than festering in the office. There is no better way to relieve the stress of the day than to cover a few miles and, now that the sun is out, there are always more people willing to join me.

On the negative side, more time out on the bike increases the likelihood of an altercation with the busy London traffic and that is exactly what happened. I was ‘T-boned’ by a driver who I can only assume had been dazzled by my shiny flash bike. I understand that accidents happen and, luckily, I was able to walk away. What I don’t understand is how anyone could drive off after hitting me….

The experience has, however, provided me with an unlikely insight to share about the bike: The BMC Street Fire SSX01 2010 Road Bike is strong! Not a scratch after being hit by a car at 15mph. I can’t imagine the car would have fared this well, so I guess somewhere in London a red hatchback is cruising around with the imprint of my back wheel in its bumper – an expensive lesson for that motorist – hopefully.