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.