So, with a group of my Paris to Rome friends arriving this week, before I set off for Serbia, I bit the bullet, and plumped for a Colnago from a ‘well-known online bike retailer’, who delivers free to France. I love my Colnago CX-1 that I have in Devon, and with the Euro being low against the Pound still, there were some good bargains to be had from the European division of this retailer. Bike ordered roughly in time for my return and the arrival of the English contingent. As it happened, the timing worked out perfectly: I arrived back early on Tuesday morning, and I had a text saying my bike was arriving later that day, my friends arriving on the Wednesday.
And so, to cut the long story a bit short, I have a lovely new “Designed in Italy” bike without all the mechanical groaning of late of the Cannondale. And so I present you with a photo of the bike on its inaugural ride up the Col de Rousset. I can’t think of a better way to start its life in France.