A few reflections...
I've now clocked up over 300 miles in a smidge over 3 weeks - which if nothing else has dramatically improved my fitness and reduced the waistline
My knowledge of road bike's is zero to less than, but as a tool for covering the ground, seeing areas that, unless it was a full-day's ride, would be unseen on an MTB it is fab.
I've tragically got Strava on my iphone and am taking a sneaky log of my progress. One of the things I've never really (
) caught up with before (literally) is cadence, it just doesn't matter in the same way on an old mountain bike. I'm more used to dodging the next tree trunk!
As the adage says just go and ride, and from this perspective the Carbo has done exactly that - the old hunger for the open road (without unleaded!) is once-again ever present. It's made me want to be 'fit'
The frame is still as sharp as a stanley knife in the hands of one of the Inter City Crew (retro gang chat now) and looks a picture. The whole thing seems screwed together like something from Louis Vuitton not Lidl and the mech's from shimano's ubiquitous 105 range are dandy.
One of the nice touches is that it has 105 throughout, brakes, mech's and chainset as against just the flagship elements some makers employ; apparently just so they can say 105 / ultegra equipped.
The wheels and finishing kit is all Easton and perfectly good enough. I've heard bad things about Easton wheels (i believe these are 50series aero's without the label) but I hit one hell of a pot-hole the other day and they seem to be unscathed.
In fact the only thing I can really criticize is the saddle, which I find as I become more 'aero' (this is a relative concept for a hunchbacked 47 year old) tends to squeeze what little life there remains in the pelvic floor (or equivalent).
So I'm on the hunt for a suitable cut-away jobbie from Spesh or other.