|BACK OUT AGAIN - TIFOSI WINTER TRAINING BIKE|
After I got back from the ROCK2UK ride I was getting out on the Felt Z1 for my daily rides but I was finding that although the weather was dry I was coming across a lot of water on the roads and lanes in the Purbeck hills where it was draining off the fields. The Felt doesn't have room for fenders so I was ending up with the inevitable muddy streak down my back and also the bike would require a good clean after every ride. Time for a change I thought, so now I am back out on the Tifosi winter trainer/audax bike with it's fitted fenders. So much nicer getting home without a filthy bike and filthy kit.
Nowadays fenders are not seen as a 'cool' thing to have on a bike but I think that fenders are great........they help to keep the bike clean and also stop all the muck being thrown up all over me. Thermoplastic fenders from manufacturers such as SKS are very light and they really don't make any real difference to my speed.
Over a fifty mile training route last week my average speed was only 1mph average slower on the Tifosi compared to the same route the day before on the Felt. The Tifosi weighs 7lbs more than the Felt so I think that probably accounts for the 1mph.
I suppose what it all boils down to is that I would rather be clean than cool...!!!
MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR ROCK2UK RIDE.......
|THE LAST VILLAGE ON THE SPANISH SIDE OF THE PYRENEES|
|ANOTHER PHOTO IN THE VILLAGE|
|ROUTE TAKES US HIGHER|
|ROAD CONTINUES UPWARDS|
|WE SAW SOME GREAT VIEWS|
|LONE FEMALE CYCLIST|
|APPROACHING THE TOP|
|THE ROAD HEADING DOWN.....|