Look kg231

I have often looked at Look branded bikes but up until a couple of weeks ago I had never owned one .

This one previous owner from new specimen turned up recently and I thought that it looked like a nice example so placed a fairly low bid in to see what happened.

A couple of days later and I was the only bidder so it ended up belonging to me .

It’s a full carbon frame that has been very well looked after. In the last couple of years it has been used as a single speed around town and general hack bike .

I would like to get it back to having some extra gears and a set of drop bars again , but first I need to find or adapt a front derailleur hanger to mount in the original position .

This is the nearest I have come across so far , just needs a bit of fine adjustment to the mounting holes .

So far I have used it on a few commutes and it feels very nice.

Dunelt fixed gear update

It’s been a few weeks since I first posted about my Dunelt fixed gear bike .

I have done just about 125 miles on it now. So far I am really enjoying the miles on this machine as they roll by.

The only issue I have had is to re tension the chain by pulling the rear wheel further into the rear drop outs .

Everything else is working as it should be ie sweet as a nut . I am starting to feel at home on it a bit more now and have started to learn about descending on a fixed gear .

My next project is to get one of my other bikes built into a fixed gear set up as I want to do the vast majority of my winter rides on a fixie this year . The current favourite for this treatment is my 2017 winter bike the F R Russell pictured above so watch this space .

J F Wilson

This J F Wilson arrived a couple of weeks ago .

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For an unknown reason other than the 90’s retro paint job soon as I saw it I wanted it .

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Not sure what the proper term is but I love the webbed style lugs .

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My first ride was not a disappointment either which is always a good sign even though it only lasted 300 yards before both tyres had lost 90 psi .

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So far a lot of my leisure rides have been done on this fine beast .

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J F Wilson are still going strong in Sheffield and have provided a lot of the original frame build specification .

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

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.

How far can you go on £12 ?

I reckon we would cover about 60 miles in our car on £12 of petrol at the current £1.16 per litre .

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So far I have covered about the same amount of miles on my recent Falcon Explorer 12 acquisition .

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Looking at the date stamps on the hubs it’s an early 90’s bike and which looks like it has led an easy life .

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This bike will take on the role of my winter / wet weather bike until I get my Marin back on the road .

So far I have swapped the flat bar’s for a set of butterfly bar’s , adjusted the brakes , pumped up the tyres and wiped the dust off it .

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This afternoon I have swapped the original tyres for some used Schwalbe Marathons and re greased the hubs .