The Mistral has blown in

I picked up a much adapted Holdsworth last week as it’s previous elderly owner had finally hung up his cycling jersey .

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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Triban 500 refresh

I Picked  up this Triban 500 up a few weeks ago .

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It has seen a degree of abuse and neglect since it rolled out of Decathlon .

 

 

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Overall it wasn’t in too bad a condition and just needed a refresh .

 

First job was to lose the odd and incorrect wheels and replace them with a better set I had lying around .

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Next job was to replace the chain and cassette as the chain registered over 75% wear .

 

I than gave it some miles to find any other faults  .  First one that came to light was that after anything more than a mile the saddle would start to move on its clamp , next up was to replace the brake pads as they were getting a bit thin , and then there was a bit of tidying up of the headset spacer arrangement by losing the lower clamp and fitting a couple of wider washers rather that the multiple narrow ones .

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So after a week of commuting and making some adjustments I thought it was time to give it a proper ride .

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Only a total of 35 miles but they were all very nice ones which the bike behaved well and did everything it was asked to do without any issues .

 

Technology and comfort

I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .

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And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .

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Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .

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I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .

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Royal arrival

Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .

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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.

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They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike .  With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .

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With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.

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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 .

 

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A week later

In my last blog I wrote about my Dawes Debonair which I had just started doing some test miles on .

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Well I am happy to report that in total last week I covered a total of 103 miles on it .

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And I can honestly say it rode very well and on the 33 mile Saturday am ride it was actually averaging a higher speed than many of my more exotic rides without making me work any harder than usual . I don’t ride for the pure speed I ride to enjoy and watch the scenery and building’s I ride past en route .

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The only thing that let it down was that I had forgotten to fit one of my Selle Smp saddle’s this mistake has now been rectified .

My intention is to use this as my winter road bike unless it sells beforehand .

The tale of 2 bikes

In the last few weeks I have picked up 2 bikes that were both about 3  – 4 years old and neither one had covered more than 200 miles each

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So my question is why do people go out and buy a £500 + new bike and then use it for less than 200 miles before putting them in to storage and not using them again ?

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One of these bike was bought to do the London to Brighton ride on so it covered about 54 miles and then got stored for 2 years before the owner decided to part with it for an awful lot less than he originally paid for it .

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Whilst the other one had a cycle computer that showed less than 150 miles on it in total and according to the original owner he used it a lot in the first year then a lot less in the 2nd year before getting a puncture from where onwards it sat unused till he sold it at a loss as he needed the space it was taking up all whilst he was paying £35 per month to use the local gym and do a weekly spin class !!

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