On DG's ride tonight- I stopped at my usual cafe. Unusual part was a couple of riders also stopped for coffee and they were a bit stand offish- Well they had to be. They were OCP on Pinarrello's- No saddle wedge for tube and tools and No water bottles- Well if you have a light bike- why ruin it by cluttering it up with surplus weight. Don't think they had a problem as both were about 140 lbs of Sinew and bone.
Eventually they got to talking but it was about the Pinarrello bikes and how superb they are. Had a quick look at them and Tiagra fitments- rusty chain on one and it did look as though the Front wheel on one was well and truly out.
I was on the Boreas and this is not a flashy bike- does not stand out at all. Just as we were leaving- one of them asked about the bike- well didn't ask- but hinted about the A520 pedals. Not really a road pedal and I would be better off getting a Road pedal and Road shoe. I mentioned that I have only just gone to road riding from mountain biking and ride up on the hills And use an MTB shoe and pedal on all of the bikes. One of them had an MTB and "Are the offroad routes O.K round here?" "Yea- fine- you name the hill or the distance and you can get it." was my reply. "In fact- if you want a decent ride- you can do the South Downs Way in one day" They didn't fancy that as offroad jars the body a bit. Then I let it drop that if you get the right seat post- then you can get suspension enough for the Butt and the Body. Suspension post?--"Ah well if you are the stoker on a Tandem- then you need one offroad." At that they were amazed- as most people are. Offroading is bad enough but to do it on a Tandem is Stupid. (And even I have to agree about that sometimes)
For some reason they lost interest in me and started to go. Final comment I heard was- "Did you see his bike" "Yea- Not a good bike. Never heard of the make (Almost as if it was a cheap mail order special) but the components look good" 5 minutes later and I passed them on the seafront on my way home. I was just starting to push and there they were at the side of the road- Looking at the rear wheel on one of them. Mobile phone to the Ear.
For some reason- I didn't stop.