Only a gentle ride today and down to the LBS- Had to enquire about prices on a few parts but I have a problem with the new bike- Only had it a month and the tyres -Both front and Rear- Have a flat area on them. Only about 5 to 600 miles on them but at this rate- I will need new tyres shortly. So decided to look at a new tyre he has in. It is a Tubular tyre for Clincher wheels. In other words- It is a Tyre- with a Tube sewn in(To put it Crudely) and these tyres normally require a special wheel for them but they are lighter and less rolling resistance. They are not cheap and not a name I know but are Called "Tyro" and come 21 or 22 sizing. Only worry from my point of view is Punctures but they also use a Chemical that can be added to the tyre- Either before or after puncture- that WILL seal a puncture. Not certain about that.
Second he has received a bunch of Giant- Limited edition C.F.Frames marked T Moblile "Team". these frames are C.F. and when I picked one up- I could not believe the weight- Or lack of it. I honestly thought he had passed me an empty box- but on opening it there is a frame and forks complete with headset and the claimed weight is 1200 grammes. I do not believe that cos is felt a lot lighter. He is building them up as Bikes for customers to their spec and here is a $4,000 Frame fitted with Ultegra for around $3,500. So if you want a TDF frame- Unused from this year- Then I know where you can get some-Cheap. Only problem with them is the Colour- White.
Had to go for a coffee afterwards to review the prices on a few Upgrades for the Boreas and I might not be changing much on it before the winter- Just have to ride a "Heavy" bike for training purposes this year. Nearly got wiped out by an impatient driver in a traffic jam- but got a result. The car that was closest to me while I was swearing at the driver- Had a couple of big lads in it. They decided to let the driver know what an idiot he was- They were off duty policemen- In the Cycle Division from a Town up North- down here on holiday. And they were BIG.
Ride home and completely unevenfull except for the wildlife. I saw a Ferret- Don't know if you have them but they are "Domesticated" animal that is used for Flushing rabbits out from their warrens. Obviously an escapee but he did have a nice Juicy Burger in his Mouth- Where he got that from I do not know but there is a Restaurant about 1/4 mile away from where I saw it.
Now About that Flipped. Sorry to upset some of you but should be Re-Flipped. I have flipped the stem on the Boreas to give me A lower bar to saddle height. Decided to try it in the week and so far it has not had any adverse effects on the back or the shoulders. In fact-It has cured a problem I was getting after a couple of hours in the saddle of Pins and Needles in the Hands. Still have a problem in deciding if it is right but the bars are now 2" lower than I had them set up and it seems to work.