on reception of my cyclescheme voucher (finally) i just phoned the specialized concept store in bristol where i will be getting my bike from. it turns out they've preempted me and already ordered the bike in. its now sitting in their workshop, will be assembled tomorrow and all of my accessories fitted.
plus, because of the v.a.t. cut, i'm actually £50 in credit, that i can spend on anything i like. add to that the £50 i'll be saving because i'm not getting a jacket anymore, and i've got myself a shopping trip.
i don't get to sit with my bike and a spanner fitting all my big accessories though. never satisfied; that's my problem.