The Mid-Life Crisis Vehicle

Ordered last year, the mid-life crisis vehicle is now here. No, it’s not a Porsche, but instead, is 6.8kg of cycling awesome.

Cervélo R3 Team

And as predicted, I couldn’t ride it home from the shop. Last night, while cycling home, a snowstorm blew in and covered the place with the white stuff, and the temperature stayed around zero all night, therefore meaning that the conditions on the roads are generally hazardous. The main roads looked pretty much ok, but all other roads looked like a death trap, and to be honest, considering I’d be clipped in to the SPD-SL pedals, I really didn’t want to risk it.

As it transpired, the boys in the shop were quite glad I wasn’t riding it either, because of the conditions, and mentioned that they would have tried to prevent me leaving the shop if I’d suggested I was going to ride away on the thing.

The wheels are Mavic Ksyrium Elite S WTS. What I discovered after getting it home is that it has different tyres on the front and back – Yksion Pro Griplink on the front, Yksion Pro Powerlink on the back. I’m going to be honest with you here, I can’t tell the difference from looking at them. They do look quite spanky, the tyres, but I very well might end up replacing them with a set of Continental Grand Prix 4000 in the future. Who knows.

I’m thinking I’ll probably hang the bike on the wall in some way. I mean, it’s far more attractive that any picture I can think of.

  • Cervélo R3 Team frame
  • Shimano Ultegra groupset
  • Mavic Ksyrium Elite S WTS wheelset
  • Yksion Pro Griplink / Powerlink tyres
  • Shimano Ultegra PD-6700-C pedals
  • 3T Dorico Team carbon seat post
  • Fizik Arione saddle
  • 3T ARX Team stem
  • 3T Ergonova Pro handlebars
  • Arundel Mandible bottle cages (x2)
  • Camelbak Podium Chill bottles (x2)
  • Garmin Edge 800

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