|MY SON-IN-LAW WITH RECENT PURCHASE|
My road bike enthusiasm has rubbed off on him...for weeks now he has been desperate to experience the thrill of flying down a 20% at nigh on 50 mph (I didn't tell him about the agony of grinding up it in the first place) and whipping around hairpins at almost take off speed.
He couldn't live any longer without some drops in his hands and the 'tinkle' of a well tuned derailleur as he rides around the Dorset countryside. Then there is the fun of placing his rear end on a saddle so narrow it looks as if it will cut you in half.
He has been talking about Sportives and other events....even challenging me to do a 24hr London to Paris event with him.
Yes, he has a very bad case of 'Road Bikeitus' one of the worst I have seen at this early stage....
Thankfully my daughter Verity put a nice low limit on the amount he was allowed to spend on the first road bike (just in case he decided when he had tried it, that it wasn't for him). Anyway for the last few weeks he has been logged in to the dreaded ebay almost 24/7 searching for a cheapo bike that he could start of with...
Two days ago he managed to get one. Ebay did it again..!!
Yesterday I went over to their home to view the bike. Now I must admit I really wasn't expecting much at all. Lets face it we all know how much a decent bike can cost.
Well I am pleased to report that I was pleasantly surprised. The bike is a Carrera TDF which is an own brand bike of Halfords. Now this bike was not expensive in bike terms when new and Scott managed to get it for quite silly money. It is in pretty good condition for a secondhand bike and seems ideal to start off with. I reckon one of two things will happen and both involve him selling the bike.
1) He will decide the thrill of road riding is not for him and he sells the bike.
2) He decides he loves road riding and wants to upgrade and he sells the bike.
I will keep you all posted whichever way it goes.....
After the hour spent viewing and playing with the bike we all set off for Wimborne Town where a Food Festival was taking place.
We saw lots of the sorts of food I love but have to try to avoid in order to maintain a reasonable weight.
I took a few pictures at the festival to share with you....It really was a very well attended event and the main square was absolutely heaving with people..
|IDEAL CAKES FOR THAT TEA OR COFFEE SHOP STOP WHEN ON THE BIKE|
|YOU COULD ALWAYS CHEW ON A TOFFEE WHEN DESCENDING AT SPEED|
|MORE OF THOSE LOVELY CUP CAKES|
|WHAT ABOUT A SUPERSIZE STICKY BUN..?|
|THEY EVEN HAD SOME HEALTHIER OPTIONS...|
|GREAT CHOICE OF BEERS......IF YOU DARE..!|
|COULD BE ALL 'BULLSHIT' OF COURSE|
|MY DAUGHTER SAID THIS ONE WOULD SUIT ME BEST.........!!|
|VIEW OF THE PACKED TOWN CENTRE|
THIRD attempt at a comment...
That's a very common affliction. I'm going to bet that he'll like it and sell the bike for a better one.
Of course, I could be wrong.
First comes the new bike, then Brooks saddles, Mavic wheels, wide-range Shimano cassettes, gloves, jerseys, shoes, magazines .... oh yes, I'm afraid your son-in-law has a long and winding road ahead. But it's a good road! Hope he enjoys the ride. :-)
Tell him "welcome to the club". And as for your pictures, one of each, please.
The foods are mighty tempting. I am glad to note you have a enthusiastic follower!
What's next, PBP? :)
PS. I love that old Barclays building in the back!
If he is anything like me, selling it will be hard to do. It took me years to get rid of the first serious bike I owned, and when I did I gave it to my son and told him if he ever gets rid of it, I want it back.
amigo trevor,un honor volver a saber de ti, ya vi lo bien que te lo pasaste en nuestro pais..saludos..!!!!
Does England have an equivilent to our CDC (Center for Disease Control)? If so, perhaps you should report the spread of this one....
Yes..Cupcakes equal slow up hills..!!
Third time lucky..?
You could well be right...
I'm sure he will enjoy the ride.
I will pass that on Jeff.
I'm studying maps at the moment looking for the next challenge..
I kept my first proper road bike for years....got stolen in the end.
Thanks for those kind words...great to hear from you.
I think if I did report it, they would have their work cut out trying to control it...!!
Great post that made me smile, My infection is still delayed as I can't physically manage to get to Halfords for a teaching session with my mate when we are both free during opening hours.
Your daughter obviously commenting on your cycling pose ;-)
I promise you that once you give in to the 'infection' you won't be able to stop...it will spread throughout your whole system.
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