THE DARKNESS

A ride to Usk. 10/03/07

My bike has now gone through a metamorphosis, gone is the triple FSA chainset. Now I have a new Shimano 50/34 compact chainset, with new Shimano Ultegra 10-speed changers with Dura Ace STI shifters. The simplicity of the double chainset has brought in an uncomplicated way of riding. I no longer have to worry about keeping the chain straight. The 12/27 cassette on the back is more than enough to climb any hill with a bit of effort! The 10-speed shifting was silky smooth as I made my way along the country lane toward Newbridge-on-Usk . It was a Saturday 19:00, I waited a minute for Nick it was now dark, as I looked up the lane I saw a yellow jacket and a light hovering towards me! Nick was cycling his new Pedal Force carbon fibre frame, with its complete carbon fibre components made it a very dark machine indeed! We cycled out into the heart of the country our Lumicycle lamps burning a hole in the dark. There had been flooding in this area after the worst rain for many years, however this night was still and dry. Our ride took us up the beautiful hidden valley of Llewellyn’s Dingle from here we dropped down to Llangwm. We then set out on ruleur mode into Usk, Nick showed off demonstrating his bike’s fast acceleration. These new compact chainsets are a really useful tool indeed! After stopping for a brief drink in Usk we carried on, on our traditional ride home, through Llanbadoc, Prescoed and Coed-y-Paen. I was pleasantly surprised that all the hills were taken with relevant ease especially after a bit of a long Winter break!

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