Personally, I’ve always been careful. I was even more careful that day of the crash because it had been raining and the paths were damp, but it’s done and in the past now.
Anyhoo, I now have the bike back with the new frame, and it does feel like an entirely new machine. Definitely a little heavier with the aluminium frame, but I don’t necessarily consider that a minus. I found I felt far less vibration when I took it for a spin around a local park than I did on the carbon frame, and the extra weight seems to make it a little more stable-feeling, or at least less ‘twitchy’ than the old bike did. It felt great to be back out after nearly two months. But the real test, of course, will be tonight, when I take out for a spin and see how she is on a longer trip.
Here she is: