As some of you will already know from Facebook or Twitter, I have a new bike – my first racing bike. It’s been built for me, or rather it’s been built up on the basis of a classic Peugeot ladies’ frame, cleaning up and recycling some of the other parts from the original bike and replacing others with newer, more attractive and/or more efficient components. I particularly like the Brooks leather saddle and handlebar grips, which have a wonderfully classic retro feel to them (and the saddle is surprisingly comfortable, contrary to my original expectations).
I have a very good Stevens “regular” road bike that I’ve been using up until now for all purposes, but I had been promised that the lighter load of the racing bike together with much thinner tyres would make a huge difference in terms of effort and speed. I went out for the first proper test run on Wednesday this week and another one yesterday, and sure enough, it’s a dream to ride – I’ve even started to relish hills!
I’m not interested in competitive cycling and it’s certainly not my aim always to get from A to B as fast as is humanly possible on two wheels, but I’m REALLY looking forward to the better weather and exploring more of the fabulous countryside around here and further afield.