Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

March 17, 2007

Tales from the Darkside

Filed under: bikes,on-one — dgpowell @ 6:28 pm

superlight team reclining at home Thar she blows, the replacement for the spesh road bike; a much superior Planet X Superlight Team made up with shimano 105, r500 wheels and lots of nice bits.

The final pieces of the bicycle puzzle arrived on wed, so wed night was (of course) spent screwing, hammering, hacksawing, greasing and generally fettling until all the bits were stuck together and a rideable (if not brilliantly set up) road bike was finished.

Thursday after work was used to spin the new steed around Chipping and Dunsop Bridge to bed everything in and check it was ready for…

Friday. A day off work and therefore a day for a ride. Anyone living in Lancashire will attest to the stupidness of the wind on Friday, a wind that pretty much killed me over the 120 miles i rode. Over lots of hills, across high exposed moors, getting punched in the face by gusts of what felt like a hurricane and thrown from one side of the (thankfully deserted) country roads, i grovelled my way round for just over 8 hours. Eventually i ended up back at home, suprised to learn that despite the conditions i’d travelled further and at a faster average speed than last time i’d done the route. I put this down entirely to the bike (well, hopefully i’m getting fitter too, but the bike definately made a difference).

So there you are, 48hrs after it arrived in several boxes, the new superlight had been flung round 158 miles of country roads, over 5 catagory 1 climbs (and lots of other climbs too) and has made me smile and grimace in equal portions. Excellent.

10 Comments

  1. Fantastic. It’s very blue. Where did you go on your big ride? I need new ideas for crazy hilly rides 🙂

    Comment by Simon — March 17, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Collars and Cuffs don’t match :0

    Comment by matt — March 17, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

  3. Big ride map: clicky for pdf. I just ride out to clitheroe and start it from there. Hills in abundance. 3200m of them apparently.

    I admit it, non of the blues match…i had a blue saddle for it, but that as yet another shade of blue and went too far down the “too many blues” route…

    the plant pot doesn’t match either 🙁

    Comment by dgpowell — March 17, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  4. Cheers Dave. My ride went further east and south once I’d got to Clitheroe, had 3000 or so metres of climbing as well 🙂

    Comment by Simon — March 17, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  5. Yes I know the experience with the Superlight. Really puts a smile on your face, well mine at least. Somehow it just urges you to cycle faster, its says “ride me – go on – you know you want to”.

    What does yours weigh btw? Mind built up to under 17lbs, but I went with Ultegra groupset that would save a bit … (there was no 10speed 105 when I bought mine).

    Comment by Dave — March 17, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

  6. do you know, i’m not sure what it weighs yet – the bathroom scales are only accurate enough to put my weigfht between 8 and 13 stone, so they’ve no hope of measureing something as fly-away light as the superlight!

    it’s definately a good few pounds lighter than the old specialized allez…and there’s still a few components to be replaced with lighter ones at some point (finishing kit like the seatpost, stem etc) once i’ve got some money/time/got bored of it in it’s current guise

    but right now i just now it lighter, faster, comfier and more grin/grimace inducing than what it’s replacing
    and it’s a more striking blue

    Comment by dgpowell — March 19, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  7. Just read your race report on On-one. When I left and you had about 3 laps to go, I am sure you were in second. The results are should be on the Leisure lakes website on friday

    Comment by Richard — March 20, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  8. I like the way it matches the plant pot. Are u gonna take the plant with you on rides?

    Comment by Mark — March 20, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

  9. I’m going to take the plant pot with me and tell any serious looking roadies that its a new aerodynamic design that cuts one millionth of a second off the average 100mile time trial and see if any of them offer me money for it
    🙂

    cheers rich, will look at the site during the week and hope…
    …it’s possible that the “organiser” bloke made me do another lap during the race, it seemed to go on for longer than i expected

    Comment by dgpowell — March 20, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

  10. that’s not a plant pot that’s his fancy new helmet.

    Comment by matt — March 21, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

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