“Nick’s Lapierre Bike
I wanted to let you know how very happy I am with my new bicycle. She is all I hoped for and more.
I have ridden a loop – out along the Dalyston Glen Forbes Rd. left onto Mill Rd., along Trew Rd. to the Woolamai-Turnbull Rd. and finally along the Bass Hwy.
This route seems to have it all; grinding climbs to the awesome view at the top of Mill Rd., a ‘death-defying’ sweeping decent (I’m touching the brakes to hold my speed under 60 KPH) then the long straight past the Woolamai Racetrack. Feeling exhilarated and relatively rested I begin a second series of climbs over the saddle and along the final stretch of the Woolamai-Turnbull Rd. Finally, head down, I push along the Bass Hwy before swinging through Dalyston. Just under 24 kms. Brilliant.
It’s only since I have ridden this bike that I realise how much stress and strain the frame and the wheels absorb. The roads are not smooth, and when I am really moving I am trusting my life that these elements will hold together, that I will have traction, stability, cohesion, that the machine will do exactly what I want it to and that I can place an unconscious trust in all these components to work. Well, my Lapierre gives me this feeling – of trust and satisfaction.
I stop on the decent back to the Bass Hwy. and eat a banana and suck down the rest of my water. I stand on one side of the road and my bicycle rests against a road marker on the other. The view over to Cape Woolamai and down the coast towards Walkerville is lovely, a few cows stare at me, there are no cars and the air is sweet. Then I look at my bike and the picture is perfect, because I rode all the way here and am about to hop on for the ride home.
I have the bike up on its stand behind where I am typing this letter. There she is when I open the front door and I think about the next ride I might do on the weekend – should I extend my loop out to Glen Forbes itself and come along Glen Forbes Dalyston Rd.? Maybe I will.
Anyway, enough of my purple prose, I want to thank you both for your advice and service.”
Trish and Albert Hubbard
Glenn (Via Facebook)
Ronald (Via Facebook)