At one time I would not have dreamt of using my newer Paké C'Mute build for a gravel race, but I have changed my mind. In fact, I think I can build it into an all around ride - including my daily commute.
I had changed my position on the C'Mute to a more upright one because I thought it would make the daily grind more comfortable. Strangely, it does not. For some reason my back, neck and arms do better over a long haul when I am slightly hunched into a "racing" position.
That means I am willing to try drop bars again, and I needed brakes to go with.
I had to order these from Vancouver because it was the only place in Canada I could find that stocked them. It's taken two months of shipping-by-Greyhound-mixups but they finally arrived. I don't get home from work until about 10:00 tonight which means they won't be going on this evening. But I cannot wait! The reviews I found are basically all stellar - so now I get all the stopping power of V-brakes with hoods on! An unusual combination to be sure.
I didn't know what colour hoods I'd be getting but black was my first choice!
There are two or three more components to add and I will be bike-ready for the Hilly-Billy Roubaix on June 22.