I’ve been very happy with my bike. A Trek 1.1C alluminium frame sportive-type of bike, it gets me from A to B in a reasonable time. But that’s the thing; I want to get from A to B faster.
My cycling chums, and now also my brother, have better bikes than me. They are faster, lighter, and better engineered. Without exception, they are all carbon frames; so light you can pick them up and carry them away with your little finger.
So I have been at the proverbial crossroads for a couple of months now – do I get a new set of wheels, or do I continue to stick two fingers up at bicycling progress?
As one who has never exactly been patient, or in any way sensible with money, I visited a splendid bike shop yesterday.
And I ordered a new bike.
It’s a Cannondale Synapse 105 Carbon, which boasts a frame that was awarded sportive bike of the year by the road.cc website last year. I don’t much care for awards, but when I tried the bike at Pedal Power in Martlesham, near Ipswich, yesterday, I instantly saw why it won.
I’d never been on a carbon before, but, boy, does it make a difference. It was so much quicker to accelerate, it ran smoother on the road, and the Shimano gear changing was sublime. I can’t wait to get it home and try it out on my regular routes.
First I have to wait, because I am applying for my company’s Cycle to Work scheme assistance. Obvioulsy I don’t ride from Ipswich to London in the mornings, but I will be riding into town to the station. I believe that qualifies for the scheme.
The Cycle to Work initiative will be handy: the bike costs £1,500 but hopefully £1,000 will be loaned to me by my employer through the scheme, and that sum will be written off my astronomical tax bill. Handy.
I think the Cannondale will be in my garage within two weeks. And then my times on Strava are going to come under serious pressure.