I have finally found a Koga that is more my size .
And this is it .
It’s a 2007 – 2009 Signature model .
Built to take on the world.
I have been using it for commuting on this week and have clocked up 50miles .
But looking forward to doing quite a few more .
Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .
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.
They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike . With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .
With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.
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.
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 .
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 .
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 .
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
To compliment the red Aende I picked up last week . I added this late 70’s ex TT Shorter to my already overcrowded garage .
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.
He also didn’t really have a gear set that are idea for hills .
Well the first week of 2019 was another week of clocking up some more miles on my bargain priced Falcon Explorer .
With another 60+ miles added to the total , I am still enjoying riding this very basic bike .
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 .
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 .
After 37 miles this morning I am fast approaching the 200 mile point with the Falcon Explorer.
Really enjoying the way this bike soaks up the miles .
And the butterfly bar’s are really comfortable to use .
This must rate as the bargain of 2018 .
Well another year is rapidly coming to a close .
And what a year .
I have covered over 5500 miles with a week to go .
I have discovered some new names .
And been reunited with some old friends .
All in all it hasn’t been that bad , how has your 2018 been ?