Le Tour

It’s the first Saturday in July which can only mean one thing. It’s the start of the Tour De France. No prologue this year to warm things up as it starts with a fully-fledged 19km time-trial stage. My predicitions for the race: Armstrong will be top-5 today, but probably not first, and if he completes the race you’d be silly not to expect him to be in first place.

No proper riding today due to iffy weather and the impending Eurosport marathon TV session. I did retape the bars on the crosser and oil a couple of chains though.

Big news of the week, thanks to Raoul I’m now the proud owner of a Specialized Langster. Raoul bought it a few weeks ago, changed the gearing from 48/16 free, to 38/16 fixed or free, and then decided he didn’t really get on with it and so sold it to me at a bargain price, particularly nice as it still looked pretty much brand new. It wasn’t precisely what I wanted as as fixed-gear road bike, but it cost about as much as I’d have paid just for the frame and forks of my main choice so it was a no-brainer decision really.

So far I’ve only ridden if for 12 miles or so but it’s fantastic fun to ride. First time I sat on it it fitted like a glove, it’s a slightly harsh ride but that’s to be expected from a full aluminium frame/fork. The 38/16 gearing seems fine so far but I haven’t ridden it up any steep hills yet.

Specialized Langster
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12 Responses to Le Tour

  1. Simon says:

    The Langster looks good :)

    I’ve ridden 1km further than the 1st TdF stage today! Wish I had Eurosport, going to have to make do with ITV2. I reckon 3 of the top 5 on today’s stage will be Armstrong, Ulrich and Mcgee. Not going to put any money on it though ;-)

  2. Simon says:

    It’s live on ITV2 today :)

  3. rjw says:

    I thought Armstrong was going to get it as well, if only he hadn’t slipped a pedal at the start…..

  4. grant says:

    I think people forgot about that when 10 mins later they saw him (figuratively) spank Ullrich’s sorry ass……..

  5. grant says:

    Oh, and the langster looks good.

  6. rjw says:

    Ullrich will have taken a big psychological hit losing that minute to Armstrong so easily.

    I think Armstrong backed off a bit towards the end so that Discovery don’t have to defend the yellow jersey for the next few days. It’s easier for them to let CSC take the pressure for a while. Lance taking the minute out of Ullrich will get them just as much press coverage as winning would have done.

  7. Father says:

    This makes 108 bikes now, doesn’t it?
    Do you want to take one with you on Monday
    (For all your peeps, we’re going to France to see if we can see ‘The Tour’ near Calais!)

  8. rjw says:

    Don’t be silly, a bike would take up valuable wine space :)

  9. grant says:

    Ah, the Tour de Wine?

  10. grant says:

    Amstrong backing off? You could be right.