Posts Tagged ‘selle italia’

White Turbo failings.

January 19, 2011

Don’t buy a White turbo. Simple. I mean, that is mine up there after being on the bike for no more than two weeks. As you can see ( or maybe not because of the poor attempt at an arty iphone shot gone wrong ) it is Borderline killed, creased to bits with the white dye or whatever it is completely worn away at the sides and on the tail. It’s not like I have been hammering it either, I have been pootling about to and from work. My thighs are hench, I am not going to lie but not so hench that they physically chafe the sides of the saddle like sandpaper to a block of cheese.

What is worse is that this particular white turbo was straight up out of the box NOS from 1992 and now look at it, positively NOS. What are these guys using to colour the pleather anyway… Tipp-ex? Chalk? Milk? Whatever it is, it’s crap.

Mind you, this saddle does have a lot of charm in it’s current state with it’s used look and I suppose it is also perched on top of something that is as far from a show bike as can be. It is also probably the comfiest saddle I have used ( sans bibs ) so I can forgive a little for that, that said I am used to a collapsed flite and also a Regal ( best looking saddle IMO but hard as Tyson, riding a Regal is like cycling with a brick between your legs ). I suppose I just wish this Turbo had lasted a little longer, so all I am saying is: if you want a white saddle that will remain white for longer than 2 weeks. Don’t buy a turbo.

That is all.

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Mo Olmo.

July 12, 2010

So I found my lockring, attached it and went riding, now here it is, in all it’s glory, straight back after it’s maiden voyage as the ‘silver shadow’.

We went on a lovely 30 or so miler yesterday evening with Hardysan on his brand new and totally luscious Parlee. It was a beautiful ride in the evening sun around West heath, Blackwell, Wythall, Lickey hills and then some… I tell you, it was probably the most hills in succession I have ridden round these parts. Not bad training for a european excursion, perhaps do the route 3 times on an empty stomach, with a rucksack on and flat tyres, I’m sure that’d be training enough.

It was all gravy until I reached about 5 miles from home and 30 minutes before the World Cup final began, when I heard “crunch, click, crunch, click, clunk, click”. Strange, so I looked down and to my horror I noticed that the noise that had been coming from the rear of the bicycle for the past few weeks was indeed what I thought it might have been… A knackered freewheel. Damn thing had pretty much fallen off and it was now refusing to engage and turn the wheel.

I had known something was up since I got these wheels, A clunking every now and then when spinning at high revs, but until something broke I had no idea what it was exactly, thankfully it chose to fail in relative walking distance from my home.

Next up it’s a relentless hunt for a 6 speed block and preferably Regina!

Trophy Wife.

January 22, 2010

Nice Guchi this one with some real nice hardware but the fave has to be that fork… oooooweeeee!

Thanks Lil Nicky.

1989 Duell Track Pursuit.

July 20, 2009

Here it is, my most recent acquisition, a full columbus SLX 1989 Duell track pursuit frame in fantastic condition.

Built with what parts I had lying around it is now absolutely and perfectly rideable but I am still on the lookout for a few ‘choice’ parts… Namely a Steel, 65 degree drop variation of the Nitto ‘Jaguar’ stem, somesort of chrome aero seatpost and a set of decent cranks, oh and that white tyre has got to go! But for now I marinade and simply enjoy it.

It is a bit like riding permanently on the drops but the fact it takes a 700c up front makes it a little more forgiving on your wrists, thank goodness! The sheer tightness of the frame makes toe overlap a bit of an issue but not too much of a big deal, I mean it is not like I plan on doing barspins or anything! This thing is made to go fast in a straight line and that is what will continue to be done.

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Selle Italia Criterium

March 27, 2009

Just landed from Ebay.

Looks good, I’m looking forward to attaching it to the beater later on tonight as that plastic BMX saddle cannot be ridden on for longer than five minutes. Hardy I don’t know how you managed it!

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