This morning’s ride started with a flat rear tyre on the Dunelt fixed gear .
Luckily I hadn’t even left the garage and with damp underfoot conditions I wanted to use a bike with guards.
So the only other bike that fitted the bill was my daily commuter the Marin Bear Valley .
I decided straight away to change my intended route to take in the cycle path that runs from Thrapston to Rushden lakes.
This meant that the first 15 miles were all on tarmac and then the next 6 and a bit were a mixture of smooth and rough gravel surfaces.
The Marin always gives me a smile no matter what it’s being used for . The homeward journey was another 7 miles of tarmac .
As I rode through Irchester I decided to do a lap of Irchester country park .
The ride ended up being just over 29 miles in length , I have no idea how long my smile was but it certainly stayed for most of the day.
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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 .
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This J F Wilson arrived a couple of weeks ago .
For an unknown reason other than the 90’s retro paint job soon as I saw it I wanted it .
Not sure what the proper term is but I love the webbed style lugs .
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 .
So far a lot of my leisure rides have been done on this fine beast .
J F Wilson are still going strong in Sheffield and have provided a lot of the original frame build specification .
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I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .
And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .
Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .
I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .