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While out riding today I pass the wife driving the kids and their cousins to swimming.

As the roads were bad (wet) I had on my cheap kit. Karrimor tights and shorts over them (a tenner the lot from sports direct) and a crane (lidl or aldi I don't recall which) jacket.

I stopped for a drink and read my text which said, in part, your cycling kit looked cheap and nasty why not buy yourself some proper kit. Get what you like.

I replied that it was old kit. She then says, seeing as its soon to be our anniversary why not get good kit and a new bike and keep old kit/allez for winter, etc seeing as I had got the bike nearly 2 yrs ago now.

She even said she is prepared to give road riding a go herself and will borrow our son's TDF next time I go out.

Had to share that.

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Spofferoonie [43 posts] 4 years ago
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Have just emailed that my wife - coming up to our 10th anniversary and my bike's five year's old. Good work that man!

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awkward [64 posts] 4 years ago
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do you think she's feeling guilty about something?  7

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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awkward wrote:

do you think she's feeling guilty about something?  7

Nope. She is just pretty cool at understanding cycling and me.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Spofferoonie wrote:

Have just emailed that my wife - coming up to our 10th anniversary and my bike's five year's old. Good work that man!

Congrats. Ours is 16 yrs.

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ade [74 posts] 4 years ago
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She sounds like a keeper!

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Fringe [1047 posts] 4 years ago
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hope she wasn't driving whilst texting.  26

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Lol. She did wait till she had arrived at the pool.

Anyway I don't need to stop for a break that quickly!

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malmesburyclarioncc [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Retirement & down sizing the house works in the same way. Something else for you to look forward to.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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ade wrote:

She sounds like a keeper!

And I didn't even mention she is latin!

Although she knows I am also cool with her shoe and handbag collections.

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 4 years ago
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That's a stroke of luck - something tells me those collections might be expanding shortly  3 Certainly would be the case with Mrs Biggins

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 4 years ago
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"Pass the wife driving the kids" ..... as in overtake a car on a bike?!

Wow !  13

Get yourself a professional contract along with the new kit.  4

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giff77 [1232 posts] 4 years ago
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Congrats Super Domestique on your anniversary. Obviously the latin in your good wife can't bear to see nasty kit - health to wear and may their be many more years.

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mbrads72 [172 posts] 4 years ago
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Hmmm. It's my anniversary next week, but my wife wasn't pleased to see 'ANOTHER cycling jacket?'

Can't be my week - the day after I get it Evans start their 15% off promotion. Grrrr!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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giff77 wrote:

Congrats Super Domestique on your anniversary. Obviously the latin in your good wife can't bear to see nasty kit - health to wear and may their be many more years.

Thank you.

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Adey [86 posts] 4 years ago
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Great story
Ours is 32 yrs this year
Get your arse to the cycle shop quick before she changes her mind!
Happy anniversary by the way

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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The question is which bike. I love my allez so tempted with a tarmac. But then there is the call of a pinarello.

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 4 years ago
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What's your budget? I'd be inclined to book a day off work, make a couple of calls to local bike shops and set up a raft of test rides. Comparisons of steel, Ti, carbon, high end Alu for a start.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Think I will do just that tbh.

Plus I am at the Road Cycling Show on saturday which says it will have a few demo bikes.

The bikes I 'like' are the Spesh Tarmac Elite and the Pinarello FP Due 105 or perhaps even push to FP Quattro Ultegra.

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 4 years ago
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Get a Canyon!!

Full dura ace for £2.5k and only 6.8kgs

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arowland [146 posts] 4 years ago
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Two years!! My NEW bike is 9 years old. (The old one dates from 1974).
Replace it when it wears out, I say!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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arowland wrote:

Two years!! My NEW bike is 9 years old. (The old one dates from 1974).
Replace it when it wears out, I say!

Depends what it is though lol.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Super Domestique wrote:

Think I will do just that tbh.

Plus I am at the Road Cycling Show on saturday which says it will have a few demo bikes.

The bikes I 'like' are the Spesh Tarmac Elite and the Pinarello FP Due 105 or perhaps even push to FP Quattro Ultegra.

To add to this, given the positive comments on here recently and a long time interest in Ti then I guess the Van Nic chinook needs to be in the mix too.

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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The Spesh and Van Nic have lifetime frame warranty.

Any idea what the Pinarello warranty is on the frame?

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davecochrane [139 posts] 4 years ago
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S-Works Roubaix and upgrade it to Di2 or the new Red with power!!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Aren't they like £6k ?!

Not got that kind of budget.

My humble aiming would be Spesh Tarmac Elite v Pinarello FP due
Or
Budget buster choice between Pinarello FP quattro v Spesh Venge Expert.

So either 105 or Ultegra.

Anyone know if the 2012 ultegra is ok? I read one negative report.

Also to answer my own question, pinarello warranty is 3 years.

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carlos-the-jackal [5 posts] 4 years ago
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I have 2012 105 on my allez and 2012 ultegra on my shiny new cannondale. The ultegra is definitely a step up in quality and I'm very pleased with it.

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 4 years ago
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don't think I've ever seen a negative report for Shimano groupset stuff, TBH. At the end of the day it's just evolutionary - (unless you go Di2) there's nothing revolutionary about them, 2012 mechanical Ultegra will be very well sorted.

Cannondale Synapse Ultegra!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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I think it was latest or recent cycling active. Either ultegra on roubaix or a Scott that the comment was made.

It was a borrowed mag so didn't make a proper note tbh.

Anyone here got a Venge or ridden one btw?

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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What exactly is "swimming"? Is that that strange activity which triathletes take part in and is prone to ruin a good bike ride?

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

What exactly is "swimming"? Is that that strange activity which triathletes take part in and is prone to ruin a good bike ride?

Lol, hence why I was on the bike.