This week-end, no organized bike ride report, but a few pictures taken along the holiday. The weather was excellent from thursday to sunday, so I could get quite a few occasions to go out and bike. About 30 miles on thursday, 35 on saturday and 60 on sunday.
My theory on cycling is that prices go down in the winter (nobody's on his bike except for people in California and racers in Colorado) and back up in the spring/summer. Good occasion for buying a bike ! I was initially looking for a good deal on a Trek carbon, 5200 or 5900, one size larger than my current blue one. After missing a few good deals on 5900s, I saw an ad for a Merlin Extralight that seemed to be my size. I've never tried titanium bikes, so that sounded like a good occasion ! Most people who buy a bike test-ride it at a bike shop, then buy. Well, I do exactly the opposite: I buy, then I try... it just annoys me to go to a bike shop and test-ride their bikes when I perfectly know that high-end bikes are too expensive for me to buy new.
A quick discussion on price and two money orders later, I received the Merlin in due time and perfect condition. Full campy record 9spd and campy Nucleon wheels, this bike is really nice. I'm not saying "better or not as good" as the Trek carbon before doing 2-300 miles with it, but I think it fits me slightly better, and this is important.