My Mercian was more or less ready for the road, so we decide to do a short test ride. I met Nick at the usual place near Newbridge on Usk. The bike was nice, light and responsive but the gears were not working well, I had switched from my Dura Ace double to an Ultegra triple, I do not know what it is with triple STI‘s but I cannot seem to get them quite right ! However the evening was fairly warm and we had a good ride to Usk via the flood route and then cycled back the ‘traditional’ through Llanbadoc, Prescoed and Coed y Paen..20 miles.

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