Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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So how did you manage to cadge a ride on a loan bike? But not the ideal thing to do on a multi day ride-use a bike that is strange to you and is probably not set up as well as yours. Great to try bikes on a decent ride but you could pay for it later. I have two bikes that are set up for me- The N+1 from earlier in the year still does not have enough miles on it to be "Right" for me yet but on the Dure Ace V. lower components. DA is set up for performance and to an extent only shows its strength when being pushed for that performance. My main bikes are a mix of Ultegra/105 and the New Pinnie is Tiagra. So far the Tiagra has not shown any deficit in performance for me. Probably because I don't need any better. However on the tyres- I ride Michelin PR
's and I like them. The Pinnie had a cheaper tyre fitted and I did not like the feel. Changed them over to PR3's and it made a big difference so the Specialized tyres are not up to the same feel as your usual tyre. On brakes-They either work or don't. I have some cheap brakes on Boreas and they work. I set up the TCR with the same brakes and they didn't. Had to change them to 105's.
But from what I have heard- you are going to need the 30t on your own bike shortly so good luck.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.