WHITECASTLE FOR LUNCH - the Langdale test-ride.


Winter is upon us once again. I have sold  my old Ribble winter frame, my incursion into aluminium frames is now over, their unforgiving, harsh ride, is completely unsuited for our type of riding. I now have a second hand Langdale 531 steel frame. Built from different second-hand parts and a few new ones, it is  a complete machine . New parts include a set of Sunrace STI shifters, 8 speed, they are quite an economical way of shifting and braking. The ride took us out from Ashford Hall, Croesyceiliog, along the misty rolling lanes through New Inn, Glascoed and Monkswood to arrive at the shop in Usk at 09.00. Sunday morning was quiet along the lanes through Llandenny and Raglan. The bike performed well. I am a Brooks man through and through so the Selle Rolls saddle took some getting used to, but apart from that I was really enjoying the ride through the lanes to Llantilio Croessenny. The Brothers then cycled on the new asphalt that I had the honour of delivering a few weeks earlier! There was a smooth ride to the Offas Dyke, however this rough path to Whitecastle was thick with mud making it a mucky ride up to the castle. A quick lunch was enjoyed in the grounds of the the castle before descending back to Llantilio and then on to Llanarth. Today there was no quarter spared, no stopping was allowed and the relentless pace carried on to Chainbridge. Here I  started to suffer a bit and took in some glucose. I recovered and the rest of the ride was enjoyed via Monkswood , Glascoed, New Inn and the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog. My new winter had performed well, nearly as good as my Mercian!...45 miles.

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