You click your first foot in. Look right to see the road is clear. Push the bike forward and jump into the saddle. Click your left foot in; the most wonderful sound telling you that you're in, it's go time. I rested my hands on the 38 deda handlebars and for the first time since I started riding a few years ago, the bike felt like it was made just for me. That's because it was. I was on my new condor acciaio that I'd just picked up from the store after waiting 5 weeks for it to be built.
Condor acciaio. H Plus son wheels. Matte Black details. Navy frame. Shimano 105.
On the cycle home tonight, an elderly man stopped me at the traffic lights.
He must have thought I didn't hear him, as he quickly followed up with:
'Hey. Hey. I love your acciaio!'
Thanks. So do I.