Got out of work late Saturday and opted to spike Spokes and head directly down to Bikenetic in Falls Church. Due to stupid traffic didn't make it in till 5:30'ish. Ugh.
Looked around a bit on my own and spotted something nice and basic on the wall. A Bianchi Volpe.
Got the info on it (it was in my cheapo price range, and it was steel). Had em throw a set of flats on since I was still in heavy pants from work and took it out for a quick spin at 5:45. A couple laps of the parking area's and I took off for a bit more ended up going up the wo&d a bit before doubling back on back streets. Was really impressed with it and the position was pretty damn good. Later I found out why.
Back at the shop at 6:05 feeling bad they were closed and I was a bit late they were still busy in the store. I decided I need a longer ride to REALLY get the feel for it. Go back tomorrow after a morning ride.
Well the morning ride didn't happen as I need to do some grooming with the caps loss, I could finally shave my ratty-ass-beard. Then I hit the barbershop for a close date with Mrs.#1 Clipper. I'd forgotten how REALLY short a #1 is. Between the shave and a haircut a few people today didn't recognize me.
Back at Noon for shop opening but there a bit late due to Bike DC. No biggie. They change out the flats for my clipless and I change into a riding shirt and shoes, forgoing the tights. A nice spin down and back the WO&D, taking a few detours for hills and doing some mini-trails and some gravel sections. WOOT!
Back at the shop I tell Yon to pack it up I'm taking it home, we look at it and realize it's not a 57 but a 55. He has me get one and while I'm a bit smooshed full in the hoods/drops when up or on the main bar I'm fine if not a bit upright. Also this one has a layback/setback seat post and with the seat adjusted we gave it an eyeballed measurement making the top tube effective the just about the 59 And I can raise my seat a bit more. Also if I want to stretch a bit more I can rotate the bars a hair more down.
After a beer lunch I came home and fought off the nap demons to go out on another spin to set the bike a bit more. Adjusted the seat a bit higher and headed out. Another damn fun spin around the land of exile. As I get more comfortable I'm sure I'll end up a bit faster and as I ride more too. Also the WTB All-terrain-asorous tires are not the fastest things out there. I do plan to pick up some gatorskin slicks in the future to try. Whee!
Now to grill and chill.