So, I had this great idea while I was on the bike today. (where people tend to have their best ideas)
Lets try and create the perfect bike.
Nominate a component, and see if it passes the test of approval from all of us.
Then, after a few days/weeks, we will have a picture of the perfect bike, someone can build it, and road.cc can review it and give it 5 perfect stars out of 5.
The bike's a roadie, bot sure which kind yet, let's let it evolve into whatever it will be.
I was reading the Sunday Telegraph magasine just now after my ride, and I got to the double page spread of famous people cycling, page 6.
Anyway. Tim Moore, the author man has written about 300 words on cycling, most of them crap.
It's all quite sweet, saying things like:
The early tour riders...forced to toil up mountain tracks on clunking butcher's bikes without gears.
BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Then, the weird bit.
He ends by saying:
Professional road-race cycling, like showbiz, is a terrible ordeal completely unthinkable without drugs.
I HATE YOU!
SO, a little context.
I was doing laps of Hillingdon before racing tomorrow, and there is this one guy dressed up in Greenedge style kit, with a Ridley bike.
Earphones in, to drown out the noise his Mavic Cosmic Carbones were making, he comes storming past me in a blur of sweat and legs, only to slow down a bit further on.
So, I pounced on the oppurtunity for some motor pacing style training, as he was quite content to let me sit on his wheel at 40kph for about three or four laps.