The times are a changing

The average age of my fleet is changing a lot lately. What with a 2014 Bmc Racemachine , 2014 Genesis Cdf , turn of the Century Principia RS6 and a Terry Dolan kinesis framed road bike from around the same era ,  you can see all of these are at least 15 – 20 years newer than my normal arrivals .

 

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Principia RS6

 

So far the most miles have been done on the Genesis cdf which has been in my fleet the longest of all the above bikes , next up is the Principia then the Bmc and finally this week’s arrival the Dolan which has so far only been used for a total of 3.5 commuting miles . It would have been used for a few more but the reach is just too long in its present set up plus the front brake was making a severe graunching noise .

 

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Terry Dolan Kinesis Frame

 

The Bmc is waiting for dry roads before it gets any more miles on it , so that could be a few weeks before it sees daylight at this rate . The Principia had its first double figure ride last Sunday covering a total of 29 miles just short of my targeted 30 mile ride , and should hopefully get at least one more double figure ride this weekend . In its current set up I found it very comfortable indeed and since then I have fitted one of my Selle smp lite 209 saddles that I try and use most of the time .

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The Dolan is awaiting a stem extender as the way the forks have been cut leave the bars too low for me. Once that arrives I will have a play and find a shorter stem then swap the bars and sti units over and then I can cover a few more miles on it before deciding on its future . From the miles I have ridden it so far I can say for sure it felt nice and smooth and not as harsh as some people say about alloy framed road bikes . It’s always hard to get a true feel of a bike on such a short ride especially more so when the setup is far from ideal for the rider in question .

 

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Terry Dolan

 

It certainly is a pretty looking bike for sure and deserves to be ridden and admired by others . I am a bit of a sucker for a red bike with chrome forks just have a look at my Ian May , not sure what it is but there is something about red paint and chrome for me .

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Ian May

 

Prince amongst thieves

I had my first short ride Monday morning on my recently acquired Principia RS6 and if this week’s commuting is anything to go by this is a nice bike to ride indeed .When I picked it up the previous owner said It was covered in dust due to lack of use whereas now after using it all week it is filthy dirty due to wet and dirty cycle paths and roads .

 

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Principia rs6

 

It’s a fantastic looking bike I feel in a rather fetching shade of burnt orange with a nice set of black Principia Carbon forks thrown in for good measure. These are nicely profiled in shape, not like some other carbon forks that I think look big and bulky on some bikes . They are almost aerodynamic with a nice thin leading edge that tapers out to be only just a bit wider at the rear . The frame is custom made with 7020 grade alloy tubing of various shapes and sizes , which gives a nice stiff feel to the frame when standing on the pedals .

 

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Principia rs6

 

It’s got a mixture of Shimano components on it but mainly dura ace which includes brake calipers , flight deck sti units and rear mech whilst the front mech is an ultrega one and the crankset is a mix of Stronglight Speedlight with 53 & 39 zircal rings with a shimano branded non drive side This mix all works fine and provides a very satisfying ride when coupled to such a great frameset .

 

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Principia rs6

 

The last piece of the jigsaw are the road wheels which play quite an important part of a good bike , the wheels on this bike are made up with some FRM hubs laced to a nice black set of Ritchey Aero rims that are currently wearing a rather tired set of Continental tyres . At first glance I didn’t notice but the rear rim is are slightly offsetwhilst the front is a standard profile .

 

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Principia rs6

 

The only work I have done so far is to inflate the tyres and swap the supplied 90mm riser stem for a 100mm item to increase the reach as I felt it was just a bit too short to start with . I would like to find a 110 mm stem but then it will need the front brake cable replacing at least as it’s on its limit at the moment . Although the frame measures 48cm from the centre of the crank to top of the seat tube this is a 51cm size frame according to the Principia size chart I can find online . Looking at the chart the next size up would be more ideal for me but in all fairness, with the seat post lifted and stem swapped it does not feel too far away .

 

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Principia rs6

 

A lot of people will not have heard of this Dutch made bike or will think it’s an Italian brand but either way the next time you get a chance to ride one please do , I don’t think you will be disappointed .