Technology and comfort

I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .

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And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .

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Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .

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I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .

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Royal arrival

Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .

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Over the years I have seen a few of these go through my hands . And I think it is fair to say that this one is the tidiest one so far.

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They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike .  With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .

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With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.

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Raleigh branded mechanisms front and rear mated to Suntour power shifters allows for nice easy gear changes once you remember that the front one works in the opposite direction .

 

All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era. IMG_20190323_074922_791

New jacket Time again

Well this week has seen the arrival of my latest new jacket , after trying products from Altura , Endura and Polarias i decide this time to go for a Proviz .

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Why Proviz i hear you all shout , the main reason is i am fed up of watching the reflective panels slowly and surely peel off my last 3 or 4 jackets .

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So when i asked Proviz i was told that they an integral part of the jacket not just an added extra and can’t peel off .

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I am really impressed by the Nightrider 2 and how reflective it is . I am intending to use it on this weekend rides .

 

If you are in the market for a new jacket then look no further https://proviz.mention-me.com/m/ol/mu9ve-martin-biggs

Shorter

To compliment the red Aende I picked up last week . I added this late 70’s ex TT Shorter to my already overcrowded garage .

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Original owner had it built to order at the age of 15 and paid in the region of £570 for it .

 

Do you reckon he got it cheaper due to holes in the bottom bracket shell and rear drop outs.

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He also didn’t really have a gear set that are idea for hills .

The fourth Aende

I acquired another Aende on Friday night which is the 4th one I have owned over the years .

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They were built by Pongo Braithwaite to  order and have quite a strong following .

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This one doesn’t have the drilled lugs like the others I have had , so quite plain but nonetheless it is still very nice .

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It’s made from Columbus slx tubing and is fully furnished with Shimano Dura ace .

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The eagle eyes ones amongst you will have noticed the mudgaurd eyes on each drop out which is quite unusual.

Another Falcon week

Well the first week of 2019 was another week of clocking up some more miles on my bargain priced Falcon Explorer .

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With another 60+ miles added to the total , I am still enjoying riding this very basic bike .

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I am really surprised by the ride quality of this bike and I am starting to think how much better would it ride with better quality components .

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At some point I want to replace the rear rack for a lighter aluminium one , but I need to work out what fittings I need first .