Maiden Voyage

After a busy weekend, I finally got to ride my new bike.

Nothing too exciting, just an eight mile commute on tarmac and gravel towpaths.

The first thing that I noticed was a noise while pedalling which I put down to the chain rubbing the front changer – I’d adjust that when I got to work.

The bike was responsive, accelerating quickly and turning in a good speed – a little quicker than the Carrera Subway.

I didn’t feel as though I had worked any harder but I got to work a few minutes quicker than the same ride a week or so ago (136W average for both).

It could just be that I’m getting fitter / better but the bike does feel nippier !

Post-work, I took a slightly longer than needed route home, along the Grand Union to Yardley then through Sheldon and past the end of the runway at Birmingham Airport.

From Marston Green, I followed the river to Chelmsley Wood before the rise to Bacons End from where I was only a mile or so from home.

Again, a little quicker than the last time I rode this route.

So far, I am quite impressed with the new stead – a definite improvement over the Subway.

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