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In and around the Weatheroak.

June 1, 2009

Took a ride out to Wythall yesterday with some of my pals, namely Hardy, Keiran, Joe and Kris. The weather was so so good and I cannot even remember a time where I rode so fast and for so long. No doubt that’s what comes from riding with dudes as strong and stronger than you are!

I am now Looking forward to next Sunday when the maiden voyage of the geared road bike will take place with the Heathens CC and I hope we get to take the route Kris mentioned, if so we have at least 10 minutes of descending ahead of us. 10 minutes of fast descending on a freewheel is something I have been longing for since I sold my downhill rig a few years back. Bosh! I cannot wait.

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The Beater project.

March 19, 2009

The lady and I sometimes frequent bars and public houses and in the summer there can be nothing better than getting there by cycle.

I wanted a bike I would feel ok about leaving outside my local without the fear of it being stolen or vandalized, so I set about collating the parts for a ‘beater’.

I had a set of forks acquired from Kris at Ideal, a front wheel, the Rigida I lent to Amy for her “Team Pro”, I had tyres, a stem, bars, pedals and to begin with that was about it.

Last weekend all changed after a visit to the Derby cycle jumble with Hardy and Keiran when I managed to leave with very nearly the entire workings of a basic functioning bicycle, I couldn’t believe it, I got: A new old stock Faggin Pisa road frame, another Rigida DP18 rim for the rear in a funny golden colour, an old Dura Ace road crank, a Triplex aero seatpost and a new old stock “BMX” plastic saddle. Buzzing I was, I had spent hardly any money and managed to get pretty much all the parts to start, and finish the beater bike.

A wheel build and a wrestle with a bottom bracket later ( thanks Dan ) it is complete. I am going to swap out the stem and bar combo for a more traditional drop bar setup but I am just waiting to find a stem for my Cinelli Criteriums ( anyone got a Cinelli stem lying around ? holler ) apart from that the beater bike, the Faggin ( pronounced Fahzheen ) is done.

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