So the sun's out and I figured I was close enough. A 35km trundle on the skinnies today, from shop to shop. A couple of hours work at The Rouleur, try on some Sidi MTB shoes at BSC, drop into Richmond Cyclery in the hope of plopping my foot in a half size that BSC didn't have, and then onto Goldcross Camberwell to say hello and try and chase up a tyre for the man at the local bearing shop (a good man to have on your side, mmm ceramics).
Comfortable on the bike but certainly felt the lack of chamois time. Heart rate soaring to 91% over 300m on a slight incline on the way home, felling the burn and not even trying. A measly 25.8 clicks an hour, with an average HR of 56%. A long way back!
On the plus side, the trip from The Rouleur to BSC and back doubled as a test ride on wheels I never plan on buying, I'm sure I don't need to mention them again but they're worth eight gorillas and Joost Van Leijen rode them last Saturday and Sunday in the Herald Sun Tour. Meant that the bike weighed in at 6.4kg as pictured below, yes including the Garmin.
The first time I've ridden a wheel deeper than about 21mm and although I was mostly sheltered by buildings, any opening meant crosswinds and now I know why there's such a big deal made about wheel choice in crosswinds, and these are meant to be one of the good ones! It would be down right scary on a bad set of wheels in a crosswind. On the other hand, with the same perceived effort I was riding 3-4km/h quicker with these on, not to mention that it felt like the bike was trying to accelerate from under me with such a substantial drop in weight at the tyre/rim/spokes.
Now to the most important part, shoe colour. I've decided on a set of Sidi Action SRS in size 45.5 and can get them in a stylish blue to match the Super Grover jersey, or in the ever classy black. Which will it be? And don't say both! If you do I may have to and I really can't afford it.
Ever Classy Black
Finally, following Bellie's stroke of genius I too have a for sale blog. Grover's Garage is open for business, no stock yet but I'll let you know on here when some arrives.
No, not horses but rather Stage 6 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Results are already posted and how exciting for us ex-'billanookians' with Simon and Trent right at the pointy end. Clarkey brought it home in 12th today and now sits almost 15 minutes clear in the Young Riders Competition, only having to keep it upright tomorrow to take it out. Trent on the other hand still has plenty to race for, a mere 2 seconds shy of the stage win today, he's third overall 14 seconds down.
For anyone that isn't working tomorrow, yes I have to work, get down to watch the final days action. The stage is set for a repeat of last years captivating racing with every bonus sprint being fought out. Of course I expect everyone to have everything crossed for Trent, but if that doesn't work out then throw your support behind Joost Van Leijen, sitting in 4th, and the Netherlands National Team. Having had to travel light they weren't able to bring any time trial gear, we helped them out for today with some go-fast bits from Lew and Corima. Really nice guys and Joost will be on the stupid light Lew Pro VT-1's tomorrow as well.
In other news the Anthem is sold, for real this time, and I'm about 10 days away from being back on the bike. To celebrate the new ride should show up this week. I'm back on the Yeti program, hooray! ASR-SL here I come.
Some fool bought my frame, and immediately emailed saying they didn't mean to. Seriously, what do you think will happen if you click BUY IT NOW? Pretty self explanatory I thought. Anyway, go to the new listing and buy it HERE.
Well almost...doctor says I'm allowed to ride as the foot 'happenings' have almost resolved. Problem is the pending end of semester and customary rush to complete assignments and pass exams that will prolong my lack of chamois time.
Did manage to turn the legs over today though, into the Royal Children's Hospital for a day of captivating lectures and tutorials on indigenous health and organ transplants. I just had to ride seeing as I'd just thrown together my newly polished single speed at a touch below 8.5kg. Polishing saved 70 grams, an added bonus!
My cheapest bike, and definitely my favourite. Something to be said for 'one-offs'. Pictures are up as it will be locked to a pole in the city during the day. If you spy it unlocked and ridden by someone other than me please decapitate them and bring it back to me.
Glenvale has started again, might try and get down for a race this Sunday.