The tale of 2 bikes

In the last few weeks I have picked up 2 bikes that were both about 3  – 4 years old and neither one had covered more than 200 miles each

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So my question is why do people go out and buy a £500 + new bike and then use it for less than 200 miles before putting them in to storage and not using them again ?

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One of these bike was bought to do the London to Brighton ride on so it covered about 54 miles and then got stored for 2 years before the owner decided to part with it for an awful lot less than he originally paid for it .

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Whilst the other one had a cycle computer that showed less than 150 miles on it in total and according to the original owner he used it a lot in the first year then a lot less in the 2nd year before getting a puncture from where onwards it sat unused till he sold it at a loss as he needed the space it was taking up all whilst he was paying £35 per month to use the local gym and do a weekly spin class !!

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Weekend ahead

Well it’s nearly the weekend and hopefully that will mean a couple of longer early morning rides.

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Now the big question is which bike to use . This week has seen my old Marin Bear valley out on some commuting miles. No matter what I use this bike for it always seems to make me smile.

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On the other hand it could be another couple of trips out on the yellow and red TEC machine instead.

Quick Question

Simple question for you all is this bike red & yellow or yellow & red ?

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To be honest it doesn’t really matter to me as I like the colour scheme no matter which way round it is .

 

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And the fact that it’s a very nice bike to ride as well is just a huge bonus  , since it’s arrival a couple of weeks ago it has seen most of my leisure time rides and has so far clocked up close to 200 miles in that time and each one has been a pleasure to do .

The added bonus when I first saw it in the flesh was the mixture of campagnolo groupset and a very nice dedacciai tubed frame set was the icing on top of the cake .

 

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All I have had to do was to replace the rear innertube , fit a selle smp saddle and wipe off the cobwebs and add some chain lubricant before setting off on some miles .

 

1955 hercules Aston Tourist

Added another 1950’s bike to my collection the other night a very original 1955 Hercules Aston Tourist .

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I have seen a few of it’s sportier sibling the Aston Club come up for sale before but have never seen an Aston Tourist .

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It should clean up nicely if that is what i decide on . Having given it a couple of short laps around the block i can’t believe how smooth and well it rides apart from slightly buckled rear wheel .

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