When it does rain here however it really does rain hard. The island has had a lot of rain during my time away and the fields have all turned green again. It's looking good for a beautiful green spring cycling season out here for sure.
I've had a few things to be getting on with off the bike since arriving back and I've been taking it easy so far. Even three weeks off the bike for me has a negative effect on my fitness, and I wanted to ease back into things.
Today I decided to take Celeste back up to Kantara. I flew her out with me this trip so I have two bikes with me now. Rubic, a Cube agree 2014 Carbon race and Celeste a Bianchi 2010 alu carb Coast to Coast Via Nirone. Celeste is set up for the flatter rides with a campagnolo 12-28T cassette, but today Rubic had minor surgery to have his cassette replaced with an 11-32T to make my life a little easier on the climbs out here. Both bikes have a standard compact 50-34T front chainset.
The ride today was tougher than the last time I did it. I was tired and the wind took it's toll. I was happy to see my friends the three puppies, I had been giving water too in the summer, had all made it into adulthood! They are still living under the same tree, and seemed happy enough.
About half way up the climb I heard strange and concerning noises coming from Celestes headset and steerer tube. Mentally I re checked that I had fitted it all correctly after the plane trip, but even though I was sure I had, the moise was there regardless. At the top I was forced to pull over and take the steerertube out and re assemble it. It was rusted up and free of any grease, hence sticking and grinding. Not good. This was a result of riding in the rain recently back in England. I double checked it was safe before the long descent and headed back. This part of the ride is always a lot of fun!
Back at 'base camp' it was time to pull celeste apart and grease her hwere she most needed greasing.
Meanwhile over in th ebike shop in Famagusta Rubic had been fitted with his new ultegra cassette, Chainset, chain, brakes, and cables after the pounding he took in the mountains here during the summer.