Had an afternoon of swopping bits on the two good bikes and going for a 5 mile ride to check each bit out.
The Boreas is still the bike of choice- but tried wheels first of all. Funny how a change of wheels can transform a bike. All have the same tyres- Michelin Pro Race 2's in 23. Mavic Aksiums are the stock wheel now- Fine for the winter rides on rough roads- when I do not want to wear out the others. Weight 1800 grammes and don't have much feel coming back to me. Then the Ultegra 6600's and they are a decent set of wheels. Weight of 1650 grammes and roll well- but do transmit a bit of Road buzz back to me and bounce a bit on rough surfaces on the TCR- but stable and noisy on Boreas.
Then the Hand built 105 hubs- 36 spokes and Mavic CXP33 rims. Lacing is crossed X2 and weigh in at 1750 grammes. No road buzz on either bike- Roll well and takes potholes pretty well. (Didn't see it and it was not that deep) Noted that the front wheel was out of true and as I was going to the LBS- got the mechanic to retrue and retension. Retrue not a problem but I would have to leave the wheels as they did not have time to sort them out today. So back home and tomorrow wouuld be a ride on Boreas with the Ultegra's. Fitted the new pedals and and got the bike ready for tomorrows ride.
Only a couple of other things to check out but Cables were getting stiff. Release the outers and lube inside. Sprayed plenty of Muck off down inside the Brifters to clean them out and they were dirty. Spray with light oil to lubricate the internals and relink the cables back up. Now this bike has only done about 2,000 miles and I was beginning to think about new Brake blocks as They were losing a bit of efficiency. No way- Brakes are perfect- just the dirty cables and internals of the brifters.
So there I am ready to go out tomorrow on Boreas and try a few hills. All I have to work out is where that wind is coming from as it is getting up strength again. They only reckon on 30 mph tomorrow- but the route will take into consideration the wind strenth. I do not want a Headwind of that strength after 40 miles and a few steep hills. But if from the South- I might be taking in a sheltered ride in the FLAT land to the west of where I live. That way- I should get a decent tailwind for the last 10 miiles.