Boyhood dreams

Today i bought a Ferrari Daytona 365 , how many others can say that ?

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I must admit the red paintwork nearly put me off as it has a fair degree of patina but hey it’s better than fresh paint hiding a load of filler .

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Ok so the beige interior needs a dusting .

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The road test was a short affair around my palm and didn’t reveal any faults so i paid the sellers full asking price and walked away with a smile on my face .

 

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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 .