The quality of the Hardisty i have at this moment never ceases to amaze me .
The chromed headstock upper and lower lugs are great to look at as are the chromed front forks and half chromed rear triangle which i fully believe to be chromed under the paint .
The cut out Cinelli bottom bracket shell is a sign of quality surely never mind the way it rides .
Well imagine my surprise tonight then when i dropped the forks out so i could clean and re grease the headset , the stearer tube has the Columbus logo stamped on it …. so i can now say its got Columbus forks
A quick stroll around a local wooded area this afternoon , gave me the chance to snap these cool guys !!!
what is an evocative sound to you ?
To me its the sound of a Porsche 911 engine from between the 70’s to the late 80’s before all that legal stuff got in the way
People keep asking me out of all the bikes that have passed through my garage which one was the best one ?
My answer is quite simple but opens another couple of questions like
Best Looking ?
Best Riding Experience?
Best Value ?
The answer to the above questions is just as hard as the original ones as a good looking bike need not be the one that gives the best riding experience .
My personal choice on all the bikes i have owned would be the one pictured below , its an early 90’s B H Stevlo alloy frameset that arrived as per picture and i had no need for any further work other than adjust the saddle and ride it .
This is a question i get asked loads of times , the simple answer is carefully as possible so it arrives safely ready for its new owner to enjoy .
Quote from a customer who said this of my packing last week “best packaging ive ever seen,thank you”
Below are some pictures of how i do it and some of how others DONT DO IT
The last 2 pics are of a Frameset i bought from a French seller who sent it wrapped in cling film and nothing else , guess what it arrived damaged
What would life be like living as a spider ?
Being able to create these amazing webs
We all now Ziggy Stardust thought there were Spiders on Mars
Over the years i have noticed how wonderful nature is !
so why do we mess with it like we do ?
below are some snaps i have taken with a small Kodak camera so not perfect but you get the idea
i am lucky as i have a choice of 5 bikes to use when i go riding , and tomorrows lucky mount will be my Hardisty .
It will be its first ride over 1.5 miles in distance but having used it all week for commuting on i think it deserves the open road tomorrow .
A new pair of Vittorio Rubino’s adorns its Mavic Rims and await the feel of the black stuff rushing under them
anybody not sure re helmets should see this http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/09/the-brutal-mechanics-of-a-bike-crash-will-convince-you-to-wear-a-helmet/