Just getting ready to go out and I have decided it will be a hill day. Couple of 12to25% and a long 2 mile drag going upwards. Part of the normal hill route in other words- but the problem today is it is only just above freezing and there will be a 25mph headwind from the South. That headwind will cause two problems- Wind chill to bring the temp down further and 2 of the hills run into that headwind. May be a bit sheltered on most of the climb but just as I crest the hill- It will be like a brick wall.
So a couple of Preparations being made. First of all the Ski mask has been dug out. That is going to be cold round the ears and face- and obviously it is a 4 layer day with the outer layer being windproof. And secondly- I have changed the gearing on the TCR. Not really but I want to try the TCR with lowest gearing of 34/25 on the hills and the headwind will prove whether it will work. Luckily it is only a 2 minute job to change the crankset to the 34t and the Gearing is changed by changing to another set of wheels with the 27 set up on it.
These changes to the bike are not a last minute thing most of us wish to do too often, but after many years of MTB's- I have everything set up so it will not cause problems. Had all my wheels checked that they are all set up the same. I have each wheel set up so that If I do no change from one set to another- I do not even have to adjust the derailler. Chain is set up to take the 27T without having to add links. And Both my bikes have the same crankset so that I can change cranks without worries about alignment or Having to change bottom bracket.
A little bit of forethought and I can do these things with ease. Mind you- One of the reasons I bought two top end bikes was so that I did not have to do this sort of thing- both bikes would be set up slightly differently so that I had a hill bike and a flat run bike. It's just me being fussy in that I want to try the TCR in the cold- and the wind and on the hills.