Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

- T.S. Eliot -

New road bike ride

Following yesterdays aborted road ride, my alarm was set once more for an early start in the hope of getting a few miles in before work as bit of a loosener for my new road bike. Riding gear was laid out last night, bottles filled (and left on the side!), GPS strapped on the bike and gears checked. Ready to ride.

I must have been excited as I woke up five minutes before the alarm was due to go off. I tiptoed downstairs, pulled on various layers of lycra, sneaked into the garage, opened the garage door and CRASSSSSHHHHH – so much for being quite!! Climbing aboard the bike, all felt fine. It’s always a bit of a nervous moment when riding a new bike, have I tightened everything sufficiently to stop it spontaneously falling off?

Initially, being totally honest, it felt a bit weird. I spend most of my riding time about a singlespeed cyclocross bike with a pretty relaxed head angle, which means slower steering and no twitchy steering. It’s was a bit different, I’m pretty sure the layer of ice on the roads didn’t particularly help either. A few miles in everything started to feel more normal, my saddle was a bit low but not sufficiently to cause any problems.

My first impressions are thus;

  • It’s light, lighter than anything I have ridden before
  • the deep section wheels make strong cross winds a bit interesting
  • It feels stiff when climbing out of the saddle but not mega harsh when in the saddle
  • Ice and darkness are not the ideal companions for a first ride
  • the front mech needs adjusting
  • The brakes are bloody amazing for calipers
  • I’m going to have a lot of fun riding it

Not sure how far I rode, it took me about 1.5 hrs with some of Bedfordshire’s finest climbs included but in the darkness of a 06:00 start, I pressed the wrong button on the GPS and the timer didn’t start. Must do better!!