With all the new kit with the exception of the bib-shorts arriving during the week I was desperate to get out on the bike and show it off.
Originally I had planned to head out on Saturday but that idea soon changed as it transpired that Callum had a football match at Wishaw and Jamie had his golf lesson in East Kilbride at the same time. Now it does turn out that women can’t multitask after all! I therefore opted to take Jamie to his golf.
That meant my pedal would be the Sunday. I never made any arrangements as the weather on Saturday was torrential rain and galeforce winds and even at 1am on the Sunday morning when I went to bed there was no sign of it letting up. I decided to get up in the morning, see how the weather was and make a call then.
Waking up in the morning I looked out and all appeared to be calm so I jumped back into bed and sent a text round saying I would be heading out for a spin shortly if anyone fancied it. Going by previous occasions I wasn’t expecting a large turnout if any at all. First to return the text was Chris saying he was just leaving his house to head out so would be at mine in 15 mins!
15 mins! I was still in bed! Next up Robbie text to say he didn’t know we had a ride planned and had a sore head as he had 2 beers last night and his head was hurting, oh, that would’ve been the 9 Jack Daniels that washed the 2 beers down! He said he’d leave it but after a return text by myself saying we’d be at his house in 30 mins he agreed to get out of bed and join us!
Willie returned the text to say he was working.
Now it wasn’t just the new kit that would make it’s debut today, my new Token TK-C55 Carbon Clinchers and new bars would also be making their debut.
Brian from The Cycle Jersey warned me not to wear too many layers under the winter jacket as it was a warm jacket. Taking heid of his warning I opted for the new jersey only with the winter jacket on top, no base layers required.
Chris duly arrived and we set off in the direction of Robbie’s, collecting him then heading off towards Clarkston and along the A77 and over the back of the Eaglesham Moors before returning home with 29.16 miles in the legs. We got battered by the wind and on leaving Jackton on the return we were treated to some torrential rain to thoroughly test out the jackets!
So what did I think of the new wheels? Loved them! Smooth, fast, stiff, a joy to ride! I would however say that they take that little bit longer to brake in the wet but other than that I’m very pleased with them. First time I’ve ran 25mm tyres opposed to 23mm and loved the thicker tyres too.
Now the kit, really impressed with the quality and performance of it. As I said earlier, Brian warned me about how warm the winter jacket was and it certainly was! Kept warm and dry on a wet and wild day.
If anyone is looking for custom kit for a charity ride or for their club then I highly recommend The Cycle Jersey. I’ve been to their factory and seen the process and am very impressed!