Did my first ride tonight where I was going to need lights by the end of it. As I do not have a light mount for the Boreas (Different size bars) I took the Giant. First time I have ridden it in 6 weeks and what a difference. Heavier- More upright and I do miss those two extra gears on the Cassette.One thing I am pleased to state completely categorically- The San Marco "Aero" saddle is just as comfortable after a lay off as the Fizic Alliante.
Back to the ride and a few things I forgot from last year. First of all- change the lens in your glasses as a Dark lens- even with a Good light shining is still almost a complete blackout at night. I had to ride without glasses and there are still plenty of flies and midges about at night. Set your lights up so you can see- without blinding the cars coming towards you. Perhaps I should put the second lamp on to use in traffic areas and not use the Searchlight. And if you are using a powerfull lamp with L Ion batteries- They will affect your computer so don't mount them side by side. I worked hard tonight and only attained a top speed of 9 mph and an average speed of 4.7 mph. I know I went faster than that as There were a couple of downhills that even with the brakes on- I get to 20 mph.
Other than the things I forgot- It was a good ride. The giant still works but I may have to set it up to the same ride position as the Boreas. That will mean lowering the bars by a good couple of inches. Still got a few things to sort though. That helmet lamp has to go on and as I cracked the spare helmet- You may even see me with a helmet without a peak on. That will be a first. I will have to dig out the Polar wind shield as it got cold when the Sun went down and the pertex has no warmth to it.
Just can't wait for the winter evenings when the rain will come with the cold so I can start wearing the Goretex again. At least that will improve my speed to get the ride over with sooner.