My lord, what a difference!

UndercoverElephant
UndercoverElephant Posts: 5,796
edited July 2009 in Commuting chat
It's arrived!!! My lovely new bike has arrived! What an amazing difference on my ride home just now, when I was just pootling, I looked at the scenery flashing by, and I realized that I was moving about as fast as if I was really tonking on my old one. No speedo just yet, so I can't be sure, but the cars weren't going much faster than I was.

For comparison, the old:

BSO.jpg

The new:

mistral.jpg

The ride on this thing is amazing, so smooth and comfortable, and so bloody fast it's untrue. The steering is razor sharp, and it all just feels sooooo right.

Shame I had to build it up so much, I was expecting it to come a little more complete (had to put the fron brake on, the front wheel, adjust gears, fix the wobbly ahead-set, add the headset, attach the handlebars, do the bar tape, etc, etc.).

Got my first puncture too on the way home. Outside a bike shop! :D

Comments

  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    Well Done Nelly.

    New bikes should be a joy forever - but they aren't like a junkie you'll soon be wanting that new bar tape hit- that's why you need to start thinking about your new-new bike.

    Two years time - start to line up the Mrs.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    It's arrived!!! My lovely new bike has arrived! What an amazing difference on my ride home just now, when I was just pootling, I looked at the scenery flashing by, and I realized that I was moving about as fast as if I was really tonking on my old one. No speedo just yet, so I can't be sure, but the cars weren't going much faster than I was.

    For comparison, the old:

    BSO.jpg

    The new:

    mistral.jpg

    The ride on this thing is amazing, so smooth and comfortable, and so bloody fast it's untrue. The steering is razor sharp, and it all just feels sooooo right.

    Shame I had to build it up so much, I was expecting it to come a little more complete (had to put the fron brake on, the front wheel, adjust gears, fix the wobbly ahead-set, add the headset, attach the handlebars, do the bar tape, etc, etc.).

    Got my first puncture too on the way home. Outside a bike shop! :D

    Pictures like that warm my heart!

    God work fella!
  • tardington
    tardington Posts: 1,379
    What's.... what's your FCN now then?

    For academic reasons of course.
  • NGale
    NGale Posts: 1,866
    oooooh sexy.

    I have been looking at a new bike myself today...or at least I was until I saw how much it cost :shock:

    Mind you what was even more shocking was the chap saying that he didn't need a new bike at the moment as was going to wait until the sales :shock: :shock:
    Officers don't run, it's undignified and panics the men
  • hisoka
    hisoka Posts: 541
    Nice one, nice one indeed!
    Looking to get a full on road bike come christmas and C2W again.
    "This area left purposefully blank"
    Sign hung on my head everyday till noon.

    FCN: 11 (apparently)
  • robmanic1
    robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    Can we take it you'll be investing in a newer, sleeker water bottle?
    Pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34335188@N07/3336802663/
  • This is a C2W job, though I haven't signed the paperwork yet to get it expensed. My FCN is now a much better 6, as I am still in civvy clothes. I suspect I'll be very happy for quite a while, it's been two hours since I got back, and I still haven't stopped smiling - even after the visit from the puncture fairy. :shock:

    Such fun I have never known on a bike. :D
  • Robmanic1 wrote:
    Can we take it you'll be investing in a newer, sleeker water bottle?

    Probably not, my water bottle holder takes wine bottles too you know. That comes in very handy indeed!
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Where can I get one of those water bottles? :P

    Nice bike, I hope you've set aside 50% of your income for tweaks and upgrades.
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.