In lieu of writing a proper blog this week, I thought I would share this infographic that appeared on the Peloton Magazine Twitter stream a few hours ago. You can find it here: https://twitter.com/pelotonmagazine
However, this seems to be a case of ‘light-fingered-ness’ on someone’s part, as the original can be found here http://www.cyclingcartoons.com/ is originally drawn by Dave Walker. Credit should be given were credit is due. This has now become my new favourite cycling website 🙂
Caio for now
It’s official I’m still waiting on my Villier, that’s in the workshop at Freedom Machine, waiting for that pesky Campagnolo rear derailleur. For whatever reason, this part seems to be very difficult to track down. It has been two weeks and I’m becoming very twitchy. I assume it is some type of withdrawal symptom. Which brings me to the major moral dilemma of my cycling life, whether to succumb to the forbidden fruit of the shop demo bike.
Trek Domane S5.2, demo bike care of Freedom Machine
It was the second time I was offered the demo bike. What didn’t realise was that it was serious roadbike, well over twice the cost of my Villier. OMG what a bike. It’s a matt black 2013 Trek Domane 5.2 and it is beautiful. It’s the first time I’ve ever ridden a full carbon fibre framed bike. At first it’s a bit weird as its very light and super responsive in steering and acceleration.
I’ve always wondered whether the reviews I’ve read of high performance road bikes were a bit like snobby wine reviews where the sommelier makes seemingly abstract and obscure claims about the relative merits of a wine. For example http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/07/03/review-2013-trek-domane-endurance-road-bike/
However the bike that was designed for Fabian Cancellara and the classics doesn’t disappoint. Its absolutely true that the bike soaks up the lumps and bumps on the road. There is almost no vibration coming into the handle bars. It’s also much kinder on my back as the riding position is a bit more upright, as you would expect in an endurance focused bike. I now understand all the fuss over the Shimano Ultegra. The gear shifting was faultless.
The 38km I did on it today was relatively effortless and in word… smooth. So does this mean I’m now cheating on my Villier and fallen for a high spec Trek? More importantly how do I scrape together $4000 to by one?
Until next time.
PS Before I forget I’ve completed 697km in 6 weeks, which means I’m 14% of my 5000km goal.
I’ve been having a terrible run of outs with mechanical failures. My Villier still isn’t back from the workshop due to the non-arrival of parts from whoever the local Conagolo dealer is….bummer. The yesterday on my afternoon commute home I discovered that the back wheel of Cannondale has a whopping big buckle.
I’ll be buggered if I can figure out how exactly, I did that. The buckle was so bad that it felt like the hub may have been shot. Either way I’m be experiencing my own personal walk of shame to the bike shop with yet another tale of woe. However the upside is that I still do have a third string bike, my Giant Sedona, purchased in 1997, that bike is heading towards 20 years old. The only bits that I’ve replaced on it have been the saddle twice, the pedals for some shiny one sided SPD clip-ins, the bottle cage and grippy tyres for some slicks. Its showing signs of age with scratches and rust marks, but it’s still going strong.
I took it out for a ride with my wife this morning and was able to keep up with her on her much newer Giant Defy. It must have looked a bit odd to the passing pelotons. It’s amazing the difference in power you can put into the bottom bracket of rigid frame bike. By comparison the head shok Cannondale seemed to be about 2 to 3km slower on the same ride last week. All I can say is thank God I ignored my wife and kept my third string bike. It simply reminds me of the often quoted Velominati law of bike ownership ->
Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1
On http://abicycleculture.tumblr.com/, I found a variation of the law provided by Corkgrips, who clearly has the same domestic “issues”, that I have:
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner….from Velominati’s Rules
Until next time, see you on the roads.
I’m channeling the spirit of Roy and HG and this sporting life when I say that too much sport is barely enough. First a few congratulations to:
The Socceroos – OMG that game was absolutely riveting. I reckon Luongo may end up with a very large European contract shortly.
The Australian Cricket Team – even though it was a warm for the World Cup, anytime a team posts 270 after being 4-60, that’s a fair effort.
Then finally for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. It was fantastic to see Cadel finish in the top 5. Congratulations to Gianni MEERSMAN in the Elite Men’s Event and Rachel NEYLAN in the Elite Womens Event.
Finally I have to provide the final kudos to my wife who managed to finish the 66 km Peoples Ride on the Saturday, despite being sand blasted as we rode along 13th Beach on the way back to Geelong. That was really tough.
On the downside, I’m up for very expensive bill as the Campagnolo Mirage Rear Derailleur, on my Willier Laveredo, some how sheared away from its arm, bending the hanger, wrapping itself around the outside of the cassette, breaking two spokes in the process. Fortunately this occurred after the People’s Ride and within walking distance of the place my wife and I were staying. I took my broken bike to Freedom Machine Saturday afternoon. Dan the mechanic reckoned he had only seen that happen once before….bugger. This was a bit of a downer on an otherwise awesome day.
Ouch just received the quote back…about $380…damn you beautiful expensive Italian running gear 🙂