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Well i picked this lime green Cannondale up yesterday morning from a local seller who admitted he hadn’t really done more than 500 miles since buying it new in 2016 .

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Upon riding it home I noticed that the saddle needed to up a bit for me but decided against doing that till I had fitted one of my Selle Smp lite 209’s .

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Once home and with the Selle smp fitted I set about getting it ready for this morning’s ride .

 

After not a poor nights sleep I was up and out by 5.05 am with a route in mind that could be shortened at any point . First stop was along Pitsford Promenade where I raised the seat post another half an inch .

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I headed out through Brixworth ,Cottesbrooke ,Haselbeach , Arthingworth , Desborough ,Wilbarston where I made another seat post adjustment along with a gentle rotation of the flat bars . I pressed on to Pipewell , Rushton ,Kettering ,Pytchley and Little Harrowden before turning down the mad mile and home .

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Bike went well over the 47 miles just need to decide now whether to keep the flat bars or swap them over to the original drops.

1950’s Dayton gets a new coat

Today i gave the Dayton Roadmaster it’s first ride since it aquired a new colour scheme .

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After having all of the Hammerite and numerous other coat’s removed I settled on this butter cup yellow .

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It’s now running a single speed set up and feels very relaxed and once I have fitted some new tyres it will be ready for some commuting .

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Woodrup Track frame hits the tarmac

Late in 2015 for some strange reason I took one look at this Woodrup track frame and decided that I would throw a low cheeky offer in and eventually this offer was accepted .

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On initial inspection I had thought that the original paint & chromework could be salvaged but it soon became clear to me that both were beyond that point .In January 2016 I contacted Lee Cooper cycles of Coventry re having it refinished if possible and left it with him for as long as he needed it .

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Roll forward to July 2018 and I finally decided to get this frame set out of hibernation and get it built up and back on the road , I have tried to go for period parts where poss and apart from the rear wheel rim I don’t think it’s turned out too bad in all fairness . Its running a 42 x 18 freewheel and a 17 tooth fixed sprocket on the other side , I have had to lose the original Cinelli pista bars as I could not find a stem of the right length and clamp size .

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After a few little niggles that were quickly sorted I started to use it for a couple of daily work commutes which went well enough , I then decided to use it for my Saturday am 2 hr ride so I could get a better feel for it , it managed fine and even climbed up a couple of local fairly steepish hills . I can’t say the 29 miles were trouble free as I was subject to a puncture 3 miles from home .

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Colnago Sport

A while back I received a forum message on one of the bike forums I visit from a gent in Ghana who had just picked up a Colnago frameset .

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And for whatever reason he asked me if I would like it , so after some thought I said yes depending on how we were going to get it from Ghana to the UK .

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He said that next time he came visiting he would bring it over as hand luggage . Well it all happened about 6 weeks ago.

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And once I saw it I was concerned about how tight on clearances it was . And decided that I would build it up soon as I could so I could ride it and make sure it rode well before deciding on a much needed frame refinish .

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Well I finished bolting parts to it earlier this week and have been using it for commuting for a couple of days to get a general feel for it and I was pleasantly surprised how it rode especially once I replaced the calipers.

 

After a total of 35 commuting miles I decided to use it on my Saturday early morning ride and covered 26 enjoyable miles at a good pace and apart from the drive side bottom bracket cup loosening itself it went well. Once home I used a fair degree of brute force to tighten it back up .

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Another 29 miles were covered this morning without any issues and I can honestly say that it handles well , is surefooted and soaks up the lumps and bumps well .  It’s a bike that I am looking forward to getting a few more miles on in the future.