Over the years I have kept an eye out for a local tidy Specialized Tricross Sport and until just before the lockdown I hadn’t found one at what I call a sensible price .
I thought to myself that will do and if not I can soon sell it on . Well after doing a couple of short rides around the block to see what it felt like I was duly impressed .
Once I started riding again I thought I might as well do some longer rides on it and up to date I have completed 197 miles on it and each mile has been a good one .
Normally it’s about this mileage I make my decision as to whether I decide to keep it or sell it.
And I am enjoying using this one so I have decided to extend that test period on the Tricross.
One of last weekends rides included a trip up to St Mary the Virgin Church that sits atop a hill overlooking the village of Whiston . The 3 X 9 gearing took all this in its stride. Normally I can only manage the path up to the church on my old Marin MTB.
Watch this space and see what I decide about this Tricross .
I have owned this Ian May decaled machine for a few years now . The actual make is unknown but it does have an Italian threaded bottom bracket so can only presume Italian parentage .
Normally I don’t use it till the month of May but this year it had to wait until June mainly as I wasn’t cycling in May with the covid pandemic around.
Over the years I have owned it the bike has undergone various changes ie at least 3 different types of wheels and tyres , 2 sets of calipers , 2 different bar and stem combination’s due to different reasons.
I always think it looks cool especially being red and chrome and now with red tyres just to finish it off .
It’s a lovely bike to ride and always soaks up whatever I throw at it and often comes back and asks for more . The miles just roll away and it doesn’t mind the occasional hilly terrain as well with a 52/42 chainset and a 12/36 rear cassette .
It never covers loads of miles each year but it’s always one of the bikes that I look forward to riding on a regular basis. And when you consider some of the machines in my garage that says a lot .
A lot of people seem to run scared at the thought of owning or riding a Viscount because of the death fork tales of these classic bikes .
When a good friend of mine in France asked me about buying this last year as it was a bit big for him I jumped at the chance of doing so .
Over the last week I have been doing some test ride’s on it along with a few running adjustments and fine tuning . It’s mostly original apart from the rear wheel with nice clean paintwork and age related patina .
I like the design of the stronglight SX chainset and the Shimano crane derailleurs that control the 10 gears .
All in all I rather like riding this retro road bike it’s just a shame that the Viscount name went the way of so many other bike manufacturers .
This model has the aerospace tubing so it’s a nice lightweight machine especially when paired with the original alloy forks . Even the non aerospace tubed models ride well if you ask .
I have finally decided enough is enough and have started to sort out the mess in the garage .
It will take a while as I don’t really want to get halfway through it then have to stop . First decision is to decide on what kind of workbench I want and then get that on order along with a shelving unit .
So far I have filled a plastic storage box with saddles and a cardboard box with paired up pedals .
I even found a set of pedals made by Noli Cattaneo a name I had never even heard of , I have no idea what bike they came from .
I also found some campagnolo , MKS and Berthey loytard ones amongst them .
Next up is to sort out are the numerous saddle bags and smaller under saddle pouches that I have amassed over the years .
I have decided to stop cycling on the open road till the covid 19 virus has finished ripping our world apart .
So instead of road cycling I have purchased a basic Bike But turbo trainer and have attached the family Raleigh pioneer venture u+1 tandem to it.
My main reason for choosing this machine from my collection of bikes was simple . We normally take the tandem with us when we go away on holidays. At least this way we can pretend that we cycling along Bournemouth promenade or around Centre parcs .
After a five minute try out I decided to swap the knobbly marathon tyre for a smoother treaded tyre .
The knobbly marathon stays on the front . So far I have done just under two hours of use . Ok it’s not the most enjoyable form of cycling but at least I can ride safely .
For the technical it’s an alloy framed machine made around the turn of the century . And is fitted with Shimano gearing offering 24 speeds and has cable operated disc’s .
A couple of weekends ago I did a 32 mile return journey to pick up another bike .
The bike I was going to look at had been described as In good condition with no use for the last 18 months . The bike I saw upon arrival looked as it had only seen minimal useage at all .
I just don’t understand why people go and buy a new bike and then never use them and then sell them for a lot less than they paid for them in the first place . I can only presume they have money to throw away .
So if anyone fancies a very lightly if used at all Dolan Preffisio then you know who to get in touch with .
Fitted with SRAM rival 2 X 10 gearing and matching calipers with a SRAM red crankset , Shimano rs10 wheel set all of which look like they have done little miles if any at all .