Monday, 30 July 2007

Bike Porn...

Since Sam and I went our separate ways at the end of May, life has been characterised by something of a void. She left a huge gap, one that has at times been a struggle to fill. My latest attempt to compensate for this loss, if the two and a half hour maiden voyage I've just returned from is any guide, may finally go some way to restoring some colour to my cheeks!

I remember when Cannondale launched the special edition 'Black Lightning' a few years ago. It was then the most beautiful bike I'd ever seen, and I immediately wanted one. Only three hundred were ever made, each sold with a complete Campagnolo Record group-set in a special black/gold colour scheme. Although I lusted after one, prices were insane and supply very limited, so it remained an unconsummated pleasure.

Today, however, I became the proud owner of Black Lightning number 133 of 300. The bike is in mint condition, with no signs of ever having been ridden. The size and fit is perfect, as if it had been made to measure for me. Most importantly of all, the performance is simply amazing. It runs almost completely silently, flies down hills like the best Colnagos, and goes up 20% gradients as if it had wings. Best of all I didn't have to pay anything - it was a straight swap for the seen-better-days Litespeed Vortex that I used to race on!

Here are a few photographs to drool over, and sad though this probably sounds, I've really bonded with '133'. She may not make a great omelette, has limited conversation, little sense of humour and shows me next to no affection, but I think I'm actually falling in love with her...!












1 comment:

The Ghost of Jerry Reed said...

You lucky SOB! Campy Record is always nice to have. Are the cranks C'dale? I just sold my old C'dale hardtail a couple weeks ago.