So no.1 bike is on the road and for all sense and purpose it is a budget build. A great example of how to build up a top-line frame with standard parts in relation to overall price. As ever, the S-Works Tarmac is simply stunning to ride on all terrain. Fast on the flat, punchy on the short stuff, rhythmic on the long stuff and a monster descender. The wheels perform admirably for a £400 set of factory wheels. Shod with 24mm turbos these new race tyres from Specialized are fast and supple with excellent grip based on the gripton tech found on the small tread pattern not too dissimilar to Mavic's in-house tyres. The Ultegra group-set is both fast and quiet and personally, I cannot determine a difference between this and 7900 though the weight of the bke overall determines that it is likely a smidge heavier. Mileage wise I am getting some good stuff in. As before, the late summer attack/purchase on the pedals is there already and I am attaining solo rides at 19.5 mph now. I need to push on and get some longer miles in as I had a strange thought on the bike the other day when I realised we are in the 5th month of the year already and Le Sportif and Bristol > London will soon be upon us. Mileage wise, the barometer to which I measure each year is doing well. I was 130 miles up on last April with 400 miles banked which equates to 25.5 hours in the saddle with huge winds being prevalent this past month. A lot of bike riders ignore mileage and equally ignore or use 'time' but for me it is a simple measurement via Garmin Connect for self reference. I think that is good going what with work rest and play all being factored into modern life. I also spent an hour in the dentists chair having my face pushed and pulled with a tooth being salvaged by the Spanish lady dentist. Sadly she cannot hook me up with EPO unlike every other Spaniard out there.
Finally I have just got some Mavic Zxellium race shoes with the huge carbon sole. Finished in banana yellow these things are going to be a joy to behold in the summer sun with circles turning circles.
So that is the latest. I remain as ever an average bike rider but at the moment, I am enjoying being out on my machine. Long may that continue. Love to all X