OK I've done a daft thing. I've gone and signed up for the Rome to the dome charity cycle ride(www.rometothedome.com). The ride itself is not very daft. It is doing a great thing to help others, but I have a few problems. I am trail rider at heart and most equipment, bike included, I own has been built for taking heavy grounding. It's a hardpoint with off road tyres, as the most I road commute is 4 miles into work. I'm looking for a decent set of "crossbreeds". Something for the off-road, so I can continue to train down the long stretches of Lee Valley tow path but something that will make my life easier on the road. Any suggestions? Another thing I'm wondering about is what to wear. I presume in June in Italy the weather could get a bit warm and my usual attire of jeans might sap my energy and stamina. The idea of lycra doesn't appeal to me and would prefer baggy shorts. I will be cycling for 16 days and so will need to have a small supply of them. (I thought of having two pairs and washing them each day but I'm not that house proud). Any suggestions for cheap, baggy, (easily cleanable) cycle shorts not made of Lycra? And thirdly as my main cycling is off road I am looking for an on road cycling club in Enfield with which to train with. Again any suggestions? Nick P.S - Don't put your name to anything after alcohol.