Posts Tagged: specialized

Mountain bike build

As I wrote earlier, I am building a new mountain bike. It’ll be a 1×10 speed 29er in black and silver. I’ll be doing most of the assembly myself again; as last time I got the professionals to unite frame, headset and fork. This time I will build the wheels myself: the best road wheels I… Read more »

Art Bike

We dismantled my old bike, stripped the original decals and paint from the frame and forks and coated it with primer. My wife then spent weeks putting on an awesome paint job. Finally we coated that with automotive clear coat and started to rebuild it. Here is what it looks like right now:

Future Bike

My next bike is being made for me in Stoke on Trent from Reynolds 853 steel tubing by Rourke Cycles. I intend it to be my forever bike. I wanted a steel frame for two reasons: the legendary ride quality and because it can be made-to-measure whereas carbon can’t.

New(ish) Wheels

I bought a secondhand set of lightly used Campagnolo Zonda wheels from eBay for about £220: a little less than half of the best price I could find for a new set at the time and a very good deal as they came with tubes, tyres and a cassette. Unfortunately the freewheel was Campagnolo-splined and… Read more »

Pedals, cleats, shoes

I was getting acute pain in the ball of my left foot on any ride lasting more than about 40 minutes. I put this down to a combination of leading with my left foot when setting off and that being the location of the SPD cleat plate on the shoe. My right foot would also… Read more »