Spent a day sorting bikes. First of all there was the new bike for Son-in-law (Ross) All those bits to fit. Pedals- computer- mud-catchers- Saddle wedge. Then the try out up the street and down to the LBS. New shoes for him as he reckoned Purple SPD's don't fit his image. And a new Water/ wind proof as he has put on a bit of weight since he was last riding so I might get the ones he borrowed 3 years ago back now. Then final tweaking and he is ready for tomorrow. The bianchi just needing tyre pressure check and fitting the garmin edge mount so that is ready.
Then I took Ross out on a road ride- just to get his legs in. Put him on the TCR with me on Boreas. He realised within 100 yards why I have a road bike. That TCR flies along but he came up with the same thought as me. TCR is Skittish. Swopped over bikes and he put it that the Boreas is no slower but is like comparing a Rolls To a Ford. Both do the job but the Boreas is an easier ride with more comfort. Just to really make him realise why I got the TCR- I sent him out on the OCR. Slightly different set up- but (His comments) The bike works- but not aswell as the other two. Gears are no where near as crisp- Steering is steady but slow and it takes a lot of effort to get it moving. Once up to speed- it is good but getting it there is hard.
After his last comment- Can't wait to get him up the "Easy" Route to the top of the hills tomorrow. 15% for 1 mile and it will be tricky with plenty of loose flints mixed with clay and sticky chalk. At least when we get to the top- I will have an excuse to take him down to the cafe for a decent Breakfast.