The dandy-horse has arrived

Never been ridden

Never been ridden

My long awaited sportive/audax road bike arrived on Friday. After a late night putting it all together (and hunting for a T25 Torx driver), here it is, ready to ride.

Cheapo bars with Chris King headset, Shimano brakes and Continental GP 400S tyres.

Cheapo bars with Chris King headset, Shimano brakes and Continental GP 4000S tyres.

11 speed, 12-29 Campagnolo Chorus Cassette

11 speed, 12-29 Campagnolo Chorus Cassette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve ridden it a couple of times (see the Strava rides to the right) and I’m impressed. It’s smooth, comfortable and when I stand up on the pedals, accelerates better than I expected.

Burls 3AL2.5V Titanium

Burls 3AL2.5V Titanium

When I got on the bike this morning, strangely it didn’t feel like I was sitting on a bike. There was none of the familiar saddle-soreness or shoulder aches. It felt more like running, more instinctive, more natural. I guess this is because being custom-made it simply fits.

My performance on my favourite 3 hills route was average, but I’m fairly sure that is down to my current lack of fitness and the couple of times the chain fell off due to my inadequate gear set up. More tweaking and more training required!

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