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End of Summer

April 12, 2009

So it’s that time again when I need to remember to change my clock before going to bed to mark the end of DSL. What it does mean is the light for the 8am ride will be better but also it is getting colder.

I bought my first pair of arm warmers this week. I think they are mostly for the weekend rides as I think my commuting kit is sorted. Ice Breaker merino wool undershirt, windproof light jacket and windproof gloves purchased last yr, and of course pants clips. I wonderful simple invention. This week, in addition to the arm warmers was a rack and panniers. I’m really excited, it’s a setup I have been putting off for ages.

Paris Roubaix

Paris Roubaix

Setting up to ride through winter makes me think of the Paris-Roubaix race on next weekend. The hardest, meanest, roughest professional ride on the cycling calendar. I was in Trek Cycles on the Parade today and found myself chatting with Stuart O’Grady’s brother, a local identity whom I had never met before, who was telling me that Stuart was out of the Paris-Roubaix with his busted collarbone. I was checking out the latest Italian carbon builds and their suitability over the cobblestones of the P-R.

Carbon comfort, but still a ride I wouldn’t even make on my MTB with panniers, woolie shirt and snug gloves but Adelaide winter I am (sort of) ready.

AK
(pic 2007 P-R by Waechor)

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