It occured to me this morning that I'd not taken the Gios out for a spin all year and that it might be the last chance before autumn sets in....
So off I set, after changing the cleats on my adidas Eddy Mercxx shoes to some proper "toeclip cleats" I'd acquired since last time I was out.
Idea was to ride a couple of hours so I didn't don the usual Assos shorts and wotnot,instead opting for a pair of well-worn shorts with a less than technically advanced chammy.
I find myself 2 hours on without the usual sore hands and arse that seem to go with rides over 2 hours these days. So I decide to go on a bit further.
Get home 5 hours after leaving and despite hitting the point of "bonk" and stopping for a bramble picking session some 3 hours previously, find myself feeling better than on any bike ride this year.
What was different? Tyres should have been worse as I was running anti-puncture strips. Riding position is identical to all my other road bikes. Gears should be worse as it was a hilly ride in places yet I found myself content with 43-21 lowest gear where I normally ride 34-25.
And the bike performed flawlessly.
This set me wondering - my expectations of the machine were less. So my reactions seemed to compensate. I shifted less. I relaxed more. I enjoyed myself more. I'm not usually dogmatic about retro vs. modern. But today was one of those days when you feel progress is a step backwards.....
I've not had this happen before - not even on the retro MTBs.
Completed: 94 Stumpjumper w. M733; ; 92 Dave Yates 731 ; 97 Parkpre Pro-Elite ; Pace RC200 F6 ; Pace RC300; 82 Gios Super Record ; 97-8 De Rosa Giro D´Italia; ; Banani SPX Track bike ; 89 Alan/Mavic Cross Bike ; 05 Focus Cross Team ; 90 Look MI-80 all-Mavic ; 12 Focus Izalco Team/custom build ; 11 Focus Thunder Custom build
Projects : , Brouwer all-Mavic
Stripped : Pace RC303
Gone : GT Karakoram
Stayed in the family: Kuota Kharma, 04 Stumpjumper FSR
Ceased to be : Dynatech MT3, killed by corroded seatstays.