Monday, March 21, 2011

Road Riding.....Weeeee!

On the flip side to the swimming rant, road riding is coming along nicely. I'm starting to feel the benefits of a few long rides in the legs and I've got my climbing mojo back. That's not to say I'm flying up the climbs, I'll never do that but I'm seeing them as a good challenge again which I like.

The ride length has been building up...60 miles, 67 and then 83 miles in the glorious sunshine on Saturday taking in Waddington Fell, The Trough and a loop out to Quernmore to take in the grind up to Jubilee Tower before the long boring flat ride back south of Preston. I even managed not to need lights on that one as I got out riding before lunchtime. Having to cross the river to get home is a bit of a pest as there are only a few places that it's possible, either in Preston or out at Ribchester.

Not sure I'll up the distance much but will probably up the brutality of the climbing a little bit. I may even think about taking the car to somewhere like Garstang and ride from there as I have real hankering to ride over Lamb and Tatham Fells and its a bit of an epic from home with the the trog back to Preston. The new bike is fab, the gamble on the saddle has hopefully paid off (ordered another for the commuting roadie), the carbon frame stopped me from feeling shaken to bits at the end of the ride and the RS80 wheels are as fab as they ever were. Here it is (I've already changed the seat post to one that can actually have the saddle level):

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7 comments:

  1. Great news on the fitness and Omg that bikes gorgeous!

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  2. oh thats niiiice, I bet it's very quick.

    I don't normally do colour coding but can I suggest a red saddle?

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  3. Can't get a red saddle in a women's SLK unfortunately and I've struggled to find a really comfy saddle for the road bike so hopefully won't be changing this. If I manage to find a white one for sensible money I may change as I agree the black doesn't look great. The new seatpost is white and red though.

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  4. It's a better bike than I am a rider (in fact my third bike like that, the ti456 and Titus being the other two).

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  5. Impressive miles. Nice new bike. Jealous of both.

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  6. ooooooooooooooooooooooooo :-) Very Jealous! It's LOVELY.
    Julbags - you're hitting the tarmac in my neck of the woods - give me a shout if ever you fancy a ride as the Trough is my regular loop, the joys of working part time!
    I can recommend the white Specialised saddle as per my blog - well so far, so good!

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