Think since being explore psychic my perception has changed Quite a bit Oddities before we were focused massively on performance only you know aerodynamics Weight these are things that you know special fighting 1% now being an ex-pro I’m much more focused on comfort and overall experience of just riding and Enjoying my day riding People think they want a race bike, but what they actually want is an endurance bike and they don’t know because they haven’t tried it. It’s funny cause I think it’s, what do they think they need, and then what do they actually end up liking So for us a lot of clients come in, used to wanting a light stiff carbon bike and then when they came or come to the service course we also have steel bikes and The perception initially is very like ‘ok this is going to be too heavy and I’m not gonna like this bike’ but the moment they ride it, their perception very quickly changes and they so much enjoy the benefits of a steel bike. It’s a very romantic thing, it’s a bike that’s really meant to be ridden being able to enjoy riding more is what I think more people should focus on rather than me faster So the difference is I get to do what I want now, whereas when you’re a pro cyclist you’re at the whim of the team management and the sponsorship obligations, which unfortunately often many didn’t get the best equipment. Ironically the stuff I have now is much better than I did when I was racing which is stupid. That’s actually the truth. And that’s kind of the funny thing about professional cycling. It’s not like Formula 1, everything professional cyclists use, if you’ve got the money you can walk into a shop or go online and buy, and often go and buy better stuff than a pro cyclist can use. For me the number one was handling, it had to handle well. If it didn’t handle well, then it wouldn’t matter if it was a kilo lighter or stiffer, cause it’s in the handling were you can lose races I think. If the bike handled like shit, then it was a shit bike to me. Lot of stuff we use for bike racing although it’s purist, it’s kind of light, it’s fast, is often disposable and is often not very aesthetically pleasing. And then again that’s one of the ironies a lot of the pro racing stuff is almost disposable, You know it’s kind of it’s it’s as. I’m not to last it’s kind of designed not to last. Edge performance is they don’t care about how it looks like or how it lasts as long as it gets the job done. A lot of people think that race bikes are all about aerodynamics, weight and stiffness. But to be honest, I think that’s a really old school view. Why? Because when I jump on a race bike, I want to go fast, so the most important criteria that I expect from a race bike is confidence. We are here in Girona testing the most exciting race bikes of the upcoming season. Which one is the fastest? You’ll find out in the next issue.