i’ve all but finished my black ops darkside stealth skunkworks project. I took it along to the monthly bike jumble at Mud Dock Cafe. The monthly jumble is run by the Cheesies and is a cracking morning’s entertainment. It’s really grown in size and popularity and is a fantastic place to source cheap bike parts. It’s predominantly an MTB affair, but there are always several gleaming bits of roaderotica.
I took the GreenOrange down to the jumble for a quick spin to see if it worked at all and to pick up a front derailleur from Bristol legend, Sir Cab of Ratbike. Whilst we’re on the topic of skunkworks projects, there was a Moulton Pylon in attendance. It’s the Dark Knight of Moultons and is a staggering piece of engineering.
It was the Moulton to end all Moultons. Meanwhile, the GreenOrange was also attracting lascivious glances. I was unprepared for how covetous people could be in the face of a mid 90s mountain bike.
It’s a blast and quite exciting to be riding something you can throw around and ride off kerbs with relative impunity. I opted for mostly old parts; a retro 7 speed groupset with thumbshifters. I like it very much. The intention is to use it for the transportation of a small child, but i have about 8 to 10 months to figure out how.
Antony of the BSCC suggested that retro MTB might well be the next big thing in bicycle trends. If so, i’m well ahead of the curve and have got in cheap. Frame, forks, stem, headset, rear mech, grips and assorted sundries were £75. This feels bargaintastic, given the quality and lightness of the frame. I managed to source the other parts for extreme cheapness.