Preparing for Winter

I spent some time at the weekend switching the hill climb bike into winter mode. Having finally recovered from the ale rave, I’m now ready to start some serious base mileage.

Vigorelli Path/Track
with Carradice Super C

It’s got some lovely touches, apart from being a beautiful steel frame. The mudguard bosses are hidden underneath the chainstay bridge and the front fork, keeping the lines clean with no need to drill the rear brake bridge. The Brooks is extremely comfy. I think i might switch the bars back to a set of cut down bullhorns; the drops look nice but it’s not the best position when you don’t have hoods, the curve is a bit awkward.

The Super C takes everything i need to carry, with quite a bit of room left over. It’s an essential purchase and stops my back from getting sweaty. Saddlebags are one of the most amazing things I have ever used. I stick my things in a tote bag inside the super C so i can hoick the lot out when i get to the other end. We have secure bike parking, which is nice.

The light on the front is a hope vision one. I have had this light for 4 years now. It’s absolutely perfect for the dark lanes. They are seriously cheap at Wiggle at the moment. The back light is a bontrager ember and a smart lunar. The combination of two flashing lights makes me feel a bit more comfortable.

I’ve just about got used to the 68″ gear again, which is nice. I was worried for a bit.

7 thoughts on “Preparing for Winter

  1. tejvancycling November 8, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    It looks great!

  2. David Bolton November 8, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    So when the TT season comes around are we going to see the Boardman hung up & a Bob Jackson TT machine appear?

    • traumfahrrad November 8, 2012 / 7:33 pm

      that might be an idea… probably not though, there’s not much quicker than the boardman.

  3. bikevcar November 8, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like a completely different bike. What Brooks saddle do you have? I was looking at getting a b17 for my commuter

  4. Rob Nicholson November 8, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    That looks like the Bob Jackson I had when I was a courier in London 20 years ago. Great frame – I really regret selling it.

    • traumfahrrad November 9, 2012 / 6:45 am

      You can still get them new… I used to ride this one round the mean metropolitan streets.

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