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.
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.
I acquired another Aende on Friday night which is the 4th one I have owned over the years .
They were built by Pongo Braithwaite to order and have quite a strong following .
This one doesn’t have the drilled lugs like the others I have had , so quite plain but nonetheless it is still very nice .
It’s made from Columbus slx tubing and is fully furnished with Shimano Dura ace .
The eagle eyes ones amongst you will have noticed the mudgaurd eyes on each drop out which is quite unusual.