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