They've come in a bit at a time but they're all here and they've all been tried.
Last week I picked a replacement for my Giro Stylus.
Nice helmet but hard to adjust and, well, it just didn't hold up too well.
So, I got a Giro Saros -the next step up- and it's a *really* nice helmet; comfortable, easy to adjust, and it has great airflow. Amazing airflow... almost too cold sometimes (no such thing )
It almost matches the livery of my Giant. A little too much so, really. Hm. I am marked.
Got some new PI gloves, too. A pair of blue (again, a little too close a match for my bike...) and a pair of grey.
I also ended up trading in my dead Garmin 305 for a live 705. Yes, I have more money than brains. So what? This is a SWEET computer. I liked my 305. I *love* my 705.
And, of course, I had my DZ Nuts sample.
So, off the helmet, the glove (blue), the Garmin and, yes, the DZ Nuts headed down to the Montara Beach parking lot to start a nice 35-40 mile ride down the coast and back. I didn't want to ride in the car with a lathered up... well, lathered up, OK? I figured I'd just use one of the porta-potties they have in the lot. Well, of course, one them was in use and the other had a busted latch. Oh great, the first instruction is "drop your shorts" and the "door doesn't latch" isn't exactly what you're after. Oh well... I couldn't lock it but I got it to stay closed. I squeezed out the contents of the tube and a few seconds later -if you catch what I'm leaving out- WHOA! This stuff is interesting but not entirely unpleasant.
35 miles later I was back, everything worked, I got a nice ride, stopped at the local Music Hut on the way back and finally picked up the new Chickenfoot. I am happy.
Then the rest of my stuff came. My Camelback Polar bottle. Nice (in a limited test). My new seatpost for my Jamis. Same as the one it came with but now one carries my B-67; the other, the Selle San Marco that came with the Jamis. Now I can swap them out, depending on the ride. I tried the San Marco today. very different from the Brooks. Very. And maybe, also, very noticeable going uphill. And... I got some Performance Ultra Bibs to try. These just might change everything.
Ain't toys grand?
Maybe next: some 28c Vittoria Randonoers to replace the 32c's my Jamis came with.
If it's anything like the switch from 28c to 25c's on my Giant (and why wouldn't it be?), these would be very, very nice.