What bike to use today ?
What bike to use today ?
To compliment the red Aende I picked up last week . I added this late 70’s ex TT Shorter to my already overcrowded garage .
Original owner had it built to order at the age of 15 and paid in the region of £570 for it .
Do you reckon he got it cheaper due to holes in the bottom bracket shell and rear drop outs.
He also didn’t really have a gear set that are idea for hills .
I acquired another Aende on Friday night which is the 4th one I have owned over the years .
They were built by Pongo Braithwaite to order and have quite a strong following .
This one doesn’t have the drilled lugs like the others I have had , so quite plain but nonetheless it is still very nice .
It’s made from Columbus slx tubing and is fully furnished with Shimano Dura ace .
The eagle eyes ones amongst you will have noticed the mudgaurd eyes on each drop out which is quite unusual.
Well the first week of 2019 was another week of clocking up some more miles on my bargain priced Falcon Explorer .
With another 60+ miles added to the total , I am still enjoying riding this very basic bike .
I am really surprised by the ride quality of this bike and I am starting to think how much better would it ride with better quality components .
At some point I want to replace the rear rack for a lighter aluminium one , but I need to work out what fittings I need first .
After 37 miles this morning I am fast approaching the 200 mile point with the Falcon Explorer.
Really enjoying the way this bike soaks up the miles .
And the butterfly bar’s are really comfortable to use .
This must rate as the bargain of 2018 .
Well another year is rapidly coming to a close .
And what a year .
I have covered over 5500 miles with a week to go .
I have discovered some new names .
And been reunited with some old friends .
All in all it hasn’t been that bad , how has your 2018 been ?
I reckon we would cover about 60 miles in our car on £12 of petrol at the current £1.16 per litre .
So far I have covered about the same amount of miles on my recent Falcon Explorer 12 acquisition .
Looking at the date stamps on the hubs it’s an early 90’s bike and which looks like it has led an easy life .
This bike will take on the role of my winter / wet weather bike until I get my Marin back on the road .
So far I have swapped the flat bar’s for a set of butterfly bar’s , adjusted the brakes , pumped up the tyres and wiped the dust off it .
This afternoon I have swapped the original tyres for some used Schwalbe Marathons and re greased the hubs .