At this time of the year I stage a little thing we call the "Tour de Perogy" which is going into it's sixth year but as I am not going to be here to stage this, a few friends and I went out and rode the route on what was a beautiful Labour Day holiday on a no brifters, no carbon fibre allowed ride... it was down tube shifters all the way around.
Heading east we were blessed with a nice tailwind and I barely had to move those Campagnolo down tube shifters as I was spinning along pretty nicely in the 54:13 (The Cooper's top gear ratio) on everything but the uphill sections, the new Michelins felt nearly as nice as tubulars, and was pleased when my friend told me that he could not reel me in when he was doing 56kmh when were pointed east with the hammer down... and I was wishing I had a higher gear on my bike.
You have to take the good with the bad... on the 60km return we got to ride into that headwind that was gusting up to 65kmh and only stopped once we were back in the city... when you have to pedal down hills that you can normally do 60- 70kmh on you know it's windy. It was relentless and we were relentless in not letting the wind get the best of us.
This was the longest single day ride I have taken my Ron Cooper on and got a chance to test drive all the newly fitted Campagnolo NR which shifts a Sugino 42/54 that is mated to a Regina 7 speed with a 13-18 corncob with a 21 tooth "bailout". Told my friend this bike has no real bailout and just a suffer-less gear but as it is set up to ride on these rolling prairies the gearing is perfect and I can always swap in a different free wheel if more climbing is on the menu or ride my Proctor which is set up for hill climbing.