Have a problem in that The only real shopping I do is at the LBS. Went down there today to collect some more Sealskinz socks as I only have 1/2 a pair at present and it is going to get cold and wet again by the end of the week. I got them free.
Mind you, N+3 came along at the same time and that was not free and the N+3 is only on the road bikes (Any one got a bigger shed?)
Giant FCR1--I know- not a real road bike as the FCR is an OCR with straight bars. But this is something that is a bit different. As you can see from the Pics attached and it is the Blue one. The pic is straight out of the shop with nothing set up or adjusted yet.
9 speed Ultegra Brifters with a compact crank- and I don't know what type that is or what size the small ring is. 105 rear mech and a `12/27---or 28 as I don't know what size that is either. But this was built up for a customer at the shop and he cancelled after putting down a heftyish deposit on the thing- I got a discount and the hefty deposit taken off it.
But there was something about the thing that caught my eye. I'll be honest and let you know that I went down to look at the Defy Range of bikes---Only look mind you--- and I was not impressed. Good bikes but a bit heavy and the prices seem to have gone up a lot from the TCR range and definitely on the OCR's. A comfort bike with straight bars is not in my reckoning at present but I did look at a couple of other bikes- A dawes that was just too heavy and a 3 year old model De la Rosa that I could have got a good deal on. But I was only looking- honest wifey dear-- and the owner mentioned that he could deal on this one. Sold- but how can I tell the wife that this is a bike that just wanted to come home with me.
I can hear her now- "How the H*ll can you ride 4 bikes- And where are you going to put it?"
Better not be the bedroom for a few days at least.
Several things I do not like- wheels being the main one but they can go as a spare set up on the wall of the shed. Have a set of Good wheels that can go on it for now. That saddle may have to be changed but I took it for a test ride and up the 12% hill out of eastbourne. Climbs well and the brakes worked on the way down- what more do I want.