Over the years I have kept an eye out for a local tidy Specialized Tricross Sport and until just before the lockdown I hadn’t found one at what I call a sensible price .
I thought to myself that will do and if not I can soon sell it on . Well after doing a couple of short rides around the block to see what it felt like I was duly impressed .
Once I started riding again I thought I might as well do some longer rides on it and up to date I have completed 197 miles on it and each mile has been a good one .
Normally it’s about this mileage I make my decision as to whether I decide to keep it or sell it.
And I am enjoying using this one so I have decided to extend that test period on the Tricross.
One of last weekends rides included a trip up to St Mary the Virgin Church that sits atop a hill overlooking the village of Whiston . The 3 X 9 gearing took all this in its stride. Normally I can only manage the path up to the church on my old Marin MTB.
Watch this space and see what I decide about this Tricross .
I purchased this Sid Mottram a couple of weeks ago from the daughter of the original owner .
As far as she could remember it was bought by her late father in the 1950’s after a trip to see Sid Mottram in Leicester shop .
Through the covering of dust and grime built up over the years of storage I could see a nice bike lurking below .
It’s fitted with a mix of original and later components ie Williams chainset , wienmann 27″alloy rims , GB drop bars and a Reynolds 531 stem that had been wrapped up in black bar tape . Thankfully the constrictor lamp bracket hadn’t been covered as well .
Once I removed the tape I could see the damage to the glorious chromed stem that years of tape had caused ie lots of flaking chrome.
My plan is to swap the cranks for a set of stronglight items along with a 19 toothed fixed rear cog . The front wheel will be respoked . It will also need some new cables and brake pads .
I am unsure if it’s a Wally Green or Mercian built frame . But either way I am looking forward to covering some miles on it.
I picked up a much adapted Holdsworth last week as it’s previous elderly owner had finally hung up his cycling jersey .
He had swapped the drop bars for a set of flats , replaced the original crankset for an mtb inspired triple item along with matching Shimano sis thumb operated gear shifters and mechanisms .
The only change I have made was to replace the steel rimmed wheels for a set of alloy rimmed ones with new tyres . I also cleaned and lubed the chain as it looked like it needed doing and fitted one of my selle smp saddles .
The only other thing I have done is to use it for about 60 miles in its first week it has done a mixture of daily commutes and a nice Saturday morning pleasure ride .