Some holiday period research, secret discussions, an overseas business trip and an interrupted meeting. The first new bike of 2013 goes to Alok.
A majestic Lapierre VVT X2-Race tandem had it's first outing last Thursday night. This was a shock to Alok as his wife, Fiona, had made secret arrangements to treat her husband to the new bike he deserved. Ten Woodbridge Surfers stormed a meeting which Alok was attending to help with the surprise. Fiona made a simple speech. She said simply "Because you're worth it." Many had a lump in their throat and a few had a tear in their eye. A truly special moment.
So, off the forest for the test ride. The bike model designation is "race" and this bike is certainly much racier that the armchair-like bike it replaced. The combination of different bike geometry, a slimline and rock hard saddle and work trousers (yes, you read that correctly), meant that Alok knows the meaning of the phrase "living on a knife-edge". Perhaps the Woodbridge Complementary Health Centre should offer a special perineum massage for cyclists?
Rider reviews to follow.