Which Bike to Choose

I am lucky enough to have a choice of bikes to ride at any one time , and I don’t just mean a choice between road and mountain bikes . At this moment of time I have a choice from 9 road bikes and 1 mountain bike oh and there is also the tandem .

 Marin Bear Valley

It makes a nice change to have such a variety of choice, normally I only have a couple to choose from but the last few weeks have seen a couple of projects reach completion .

 ribble

Listed below is my selection of road bikes, not in any specific order, just the way they came in to my mind.

First up is a rather nice W Pollard Speciallite single speed bike. This is a fantastic bike to ride and own , I have no real idea of its age but I would guess the frame is from the 70’s but I could be way out. At some point in its previous life it was modernized to take allen key style brake calipers . I have owned this bike for approaching 3 years and always enjoy riding it .

 Single speed Pollard

Next up is a rather special Ian May badged bike that has aero profile tubing that in honesty looks more like somebody used a vice to squeeze the tubing a bit . As the frame has no IMC prefixed frame number I can only presume it was not made by Ian May himself . It’s another bike that has been in my stable for a few years and one that does not get as much use as others , I would estimate it has covered about 150 miles in 2015 so far .

 Ian May

The third bike is a 1980’s Claud Butler Sierra with a bit of a twist to it in the shape of carbon handle bars , stem and tubular and sprint style wheels help to shave a bit of weight off it . It uses Reynolds 501 throughout its frame and forks . This is a nice bike to ride and has only been around for about 2 or 3 months and in that time has had lots of new components fitted i.e. Tubs , Brake cables , drive chain and 7 speed rear screw on block . Asking £145 .

 Claud Butler Sierra

Next up is a Tony Butterworth badged road bike built round a tange tubed frameset that had sat unused for a number of years before being built up a couple of years ago by its previous owner as his audax bike.  For whatever reason it didn’t see a lot of use under his ownership . It’s a nice mixture of older style steel frameset with more modern running gear that all adds up to a very capable bike . Asking £275 .

Butterworth

The fifth bike is a nice original late 1970’s or early 1980’s R.E.W Reynolds road bike that has loads of patina and character , apart from some 700c wheels and my Selle smp saddle the bike is still running the same period parts it was first fitted with , i.e. 10 speed non indexed gearing , Bluemells and Wienmann center pull calipers . These R.E.W bikes are really good fun to ride with the added bonus of being quite few and far between .Asking £125.

 Blue R.E.W Reynolds

And then what must be the most modern bike in my  stable at the moment, a 2009/10 Ridley Crossbow road bike, it is also the largest bike in my collection at 62cm !! This is also the only alloy framed bike I have, it also boasts carbon forks . The gearing is a mixture of shimano mechanisms and crankset operated via campagnolo sti units . Although this should be way too big for me I can actually get quite comfy on it especially now that I have flipped the steeply raked stem around . The frame has seen little use during its life and would make a great road bike for somebody over 6ft tall . Asking £325 .

 Ridley crossbow

Next up is the “Pretty boy “ of my stable a late 80’s Dave Hinde road bike finished in an attractive ( to some ie me) mix of purple and an almost pink colour with a Columbus Slx frame with nice chromed front forks and drive side lower stay . Full ultrega gearing and brake’s with Shimano 105 tricolour hubs laced to Mavic anodized rims . This is another great bike to ride that also stands out from the crowd . Asking £350 .

 Dave Hinde

Number 8 is a blue Ian May built road bike that actually has an IMC prefixed frame number so is one of a few Ian May built bikes . I have no idea what tubing is used as its not the lightest bike in the world but by far not the heaviest either . I bought this as a frameset and built it using parts I had in the garage . It’s a shade on the small side for me but with the long stem on it I am comfortable enough . Some people say there were less than 100 Ian May built bikes whilst he was in business , there doesn’t seem to be any records to back this claim up but I have knowledge of 5 other Ian May badged bikes and only this one has an IMC prefixed frame number .

 Ian May

Lastly but not least is the latest arrival in the Racing Bike Biggs682 stable, it is a 2000 model year Peugeot Performance bike with Columbus aelle tubing and Shimano running gear . The bike came with the original Hutchinson tyres on and doesn’t look or ride like it has had a lot of use at all . Myself and loads of other cyclist’s like Peugeot bikes as the older models make excellent commuting and or general hack bikes and most of us have owned or ridden a Peugeot at some time in our cycling life .

 Peugoet Performance

So as you can see there is a wide ranging choice of bikes to use.

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