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 .
Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .
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.
They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike . With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .
With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.
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 .
All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era.
After 37 miles this morning I am fast approaching the 200 mile point with the Falcon Explorer.
Really enjoying the way this bike soaks up the miles .
And the butterfly bar’s are really comfortable to use .
This must rate as the bargain of 2018 .
In my last blog I wrote about my Dawes Debonair which I had just started doing some test miles on .
Well I am happy to report that in total last week I covered a total of 103 miles on it .
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 .
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 .
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
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 ?
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 .
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 !!
Simple question for you all is this bike red & yellow or yellow & red ?
To be honest it doesn’t really matter to me as I like the colour scheme no matter which way round it is .
And the fact that it’s a very nice bike to ride as well is just a huge bonus , since it’s arrival a couple of weeks ago it has seen most of my leisure time rides and has so far clocked up close to 200 miles in that time and each one has been a pleasure to do .
The added bonus when I first saw it in the flesh was the mixture of campagnolo groupset and a very nice dedacciai tubed frame set was the icing on top of the cake .
All I have had to do was to replace the rear innertube , fit a selle smp saddle and wipe off the cobwebs and add some chain lubricant before setting off on some miles .
A couple of weeks ago on my local Gumtree website I spotted a rather nice looking Khs 14 Aero Turbo with a great retro paint job that sadly was missing the white stars .
What I know about Khs bikes has always led me to keep an eye out for them when they become available as they always seem to ride well and be made well enough .
This one lived up to my hopes and I happily paid the full asking price and loaded it in to our car to take it home .
It didn’t look like it needed an awful lot of work , ie Pump the tyres up and lift the seat post and quill stem up to suit my needs once these tasks were done it was time for a ride or two and I was far from disappointed in it .
A couple of days-worth of commuting proved trouble free so I decided to take it on a couple of longer 15+ mile rides again these all went well , but they did show that ideally this 54cm sized frame was a bit on the small side for me and would either need a longer stem or a laid back seat post to make it suit me better .
At the moment I have decided against doing either of the above as I have enough correct fitting bikes to use , so I currently have this up for sale if anybody is interested please contact me