With it being Wednesday it was pedal night and with the nights fading so were the numbers. Only 3 riders for tonight, me, myself & I……… OK so technically it was only one rider, me, Billy no mates!
I decided to do the exact same route as Monday to see how my wheels coped compared to Stevie’s.
It was also the debut of my new jacket, the Proviz Reflect 360. With the winter months on our doorstep and the dark nights already upon us I stumbled across this jacket by accident. I wasn’t even looking for a new jacket but once I saw how reflective it was I had to have it. Cycling over the Eaglesham Moors in the pitch black cries out for a jacket like this to keep you safe. They also have a gilet which I will be purchasing too.
So back to the ride…… I downloaded Monday’s ride with Stevie’s wheels and saved it as a course so I could see how I was comparing at each point. I set off and kept an eager eye on my Garmin and after the climbs over the Eaglesham Moor I reached the relatively flat section of the A77, looking down at my Garmin I was 1 min 32 seconds ahead at this point compared to Monday’s ride. That confirmed that I climbed quicker using my Shimano Dura Ace C24 wheelset compared to Stevie’s Mavic Cosmic Carbone 50mm wheelset.
Next up was the flattish section and as I kept checking my Garmin it kept showing a loss in time, the time I was up was rapidly decreasing and as I arrived home I was 1 min 52 seconds slower!!! So the stats showed that I was quicker climbing with my wheels but a lot quicker on the relative flat when using Stevie’s wheels. Interesting!
As for the new jacket, I really liked it. The material used gave me the impression it would be a sweat bucket, a boil in the bag jacket, but that was not the case. The two front pockets on the chest also double up as air vents and there’s a zip under each arm to allow air to flow along with an air flap on the rear.
I wasn’t really sure how reflective I actually looked as I couldn’t the effect the cars saw when passing me so I got Gail to record a wee video in the back garden to highlight the jacket and boy was I impressed!