I was a little tired and sore after yesterday's ride, so I opted to not join the team this morning and do a mellow ride to recover. I also visited 3 shops to start the process of looking for a new bike. Both were pretty fun. I started out going by the shop that sponsors the team I ride with, but the person who knows the bikes I wanted to look at was out. I will try later. That got me started on the Viales going around the west side of town, where I hooked up with the beautiful curvy road from Porta Romana to Poggio Imperiale. I rode over to Galluzzo, and took the road up through Pozzolatico, turning off for San Gersole just before Mezzomonte. I rode up, over and through San Gersole, then started the descent and turned off to descend through Vacciano, which has become a favorite up hill for me lately. Nice descent, which brought me to Cinque Vie, where I headed back to the Viale on the east side of town. I took a right at the road to Pontesieve, and rode out to the roundabout that brought me by ProBike.
I check out the Specialized Robaix there, which would seem to be a perfect bike for what I want, but at least in Italy, it does not come with the electronic Ultegra Di2, which I believe I definitely want. They said they could switch it, but I would have to buy the package, then buy the new Di2, which would make it too expensive. I then rode toward the house, and stopped at another shop, Le Due Ruote. Here I did my best to communicate in Italian my desires, and a Bianchi Infinito was recommended. With the Di2, it was 4750 euro, so a little too much. The person suggested that a discount would be available, but he could not drop it to the 4000 euro I said I wanted to spend. I told him I was just starting the search, and I would get back in touch with him. From there, a quick 3 kilometers and I am home. Considering the weather, it was a pretty fun excursion.
The summary is: 21 miles, 1250 vertical, 1:41 rolling time, 12.1 mph average speed, at an average temperature of 39 Fahrenheit. The garmin link is:
A recovery ride and start of new bike search on a cold, rainy day by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
I love this bell tower and the stone work on this church in San Gersole.