Nothing quite like picking up your new bike....even though I can't ride it yet until I've recovered from a bug. I picked up a brand new Triban 540 flat bar road bike earlier after giving up on my 5 year old Spesh Sirrus, which seems to have developed a terminal front mech, chain ring, gear changing problem. After looking on EBay and elsewhere, and reading reviews of various bikes, I decided to go for the Triban, which would have been more expensive if it had been a dropped bar version, but I wanted a flat bar for work, so happy days. Decided to go for the 540 as it is Tiagra 10 x 2, as opposed to the 520 which is Sora 9 x 3, but both get excellent reviews and are often said to be unbeatable value for the money you spend. It looks like the 540 flat bar is being discontinued as there are very few remaining available and I was very impressed with the excellent customer service at Decathlon in Huyton in Liverpool where the staff member I dealt with went the extra mile to find one my size in stock elsewhere and have it shipped over, despite the website saying there weren't any available. Unfortunately I haven't been able to ride it yet as I have had a rasping sore throat all week and generally feel cack, and don't want to risk making that worse by exerting myself, but can't wait to get out on it.