I guess that technological improvement is predictable in the current age but a couple of weeks after I decide to upgrade and get a bike with a ten speed cassette, Campagnolo up the ante. See here http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=/tech/2008/news/06-04 . Reminds many of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap
Meanwhile, interest in the long distance cycling blogger ride (LDCBR) is high so I guess I just need to organise it. Any suggestions to where and how long? I'm initially thinking border country and about 200km?