|Space Age Technology?|
It has brand new tyres and brake blocks, so it's good to get out and put some preliminary wear on. I'm running a compact chainset (50/34) with an 11-28 cassette on the rear, so it was also good to familiarise where the most comfortable gear was at a 90 or so cadence, relative to my heart rate on the flat.
One thing I did find is that I kept having to slow myself down, the bike just wants to be ridden and my Garmin kept buzzing at me to remind me to slow things down. My aim for today was to ride close to 148bpm average the three and a half hours I was out. I came home with an average of 144bpm across the ride.
|My Heart Rate data from today's ride|
Today's conditions were really windy. There was a strong sidewind and headwind for much of the ride, which made the going tougher than normal, the bike reacted well. I managed to get a good 35mph descent in, which felt very solid and predictable and riding through Wilmslow managed to get in the draft of a van at 30mph, which the bike whipped up to very easily. It's a very good bike indeed and has jumped to position one in the stable..
I dropped by to see Andy Tennant who has just been selected as part of the pursuit team for London 2012, separate blogpost to come about that. One thing I will say is that Andy makes the best flat white coffee of any I've ever tasted, so the ride home was caffeine fuelled.