Will and I (Ben) have both recently bought new bikes.
I got a Bianchi Via Nirone and Will a brand-spanking-new 2010 Specialized Allez Sport.
After we finished work yesterday we took them out for a test ride. It had been raining all day and was still bucketing down at 6 o'clock. I think if either of us had been by ourselves we probably would have forgone the ride in favour of a roast dinner, but male pride (or competition/stupidity) meant that we kept to our original pact.
Boy was it wet. Our shoes were filled with water. Our faces were covered in the spray from lorries on the Portway. Our brakes found it hard-going on the steep descents. And then Will kicked my ass on all the hills. Unlike Wiggo, I reckon I need to lose a bit more than 7kg before I can keep up on the ascents!
That said, it was probably still the most fun I've had on a bike!
A bunch of us are aiming to ride from here over to Carnaby St in September (in a friendly gesture rather than attempted coup). Tuesday is the next training day. Can't wait!