Went on a trip to see the gang in Melbourne, super awsome, do it again some time, thanks for having us!
It’s hard finding the right project, not that it’s hard to find something cool to restore and do up but it’s hard finding the right piece in the right condition and at the right price! right? I had been searching for an IronHead for about a year but finally got a text from Sid one day about a guy he knew that had one, the story was it’s a 73, kick start only, and a basket case! after selling off some other toys and with cash in hand we were off to pick it up.
We finally got some good weather over here so I have blown the dust off the track bike
NOS 3ttt ergo bars from fitzrovia cycles and some pin head nuts on the front for single dlock locking up.
Now stash the KEY somewhere so you dont leave it at home. Rubber band under the seat for now. bearings in all the allen bolts.
So I’m jumping on this stuff for sale bandwagon with my O’Brien track frame. This is an old pic, but it’s still in amazing nick (will chuck a fresh one up this weekend).
This frame’s a one-off by frame builder Liam O’Brien. It’s made out of Reynolds 753, it’s got super tight clearances and a sloping top tube. The seat tube and top tube are 56cm.
It comes with a Phil Wood bottom bracket and Dura Ace headset.
I’d really like to sell it to John O’Brien, but he didn’t leave his contact details with his comment on the bike check. So, if you’re out there, get in touch.
This is Alex’s South African made Hansom.
This is his beater of course.
Stripped Hansom frame
Mega filed fork to fit 28c (used to just fit 23c)
zenith stem and genetic seatpost
blue concor and odi grips
sick smoked white bars off old 90′s carrera
H+son to halo wheels with everyones favourite panaracer pasala tyres
Miche cranks with SR chainring (gotta get one)
DMR V8 pedals an Ynot straps?
YBN hollowlink chain.
Filed fork crown
Locked down saddle
Bike too cool?
Nothing says 90′s nerd like barends on your commuter. Climb like John Tomac or get aero in your skinsuit.
So after a quick nerdabouthenet I found these bad boys on ebay with bonus integrated tool kit nerdpoints.
Stashmodathon! I thought.
Having already modded my keys and tools into one I wondered what else I could fit in there.
Take that shit apart.
The built in tyre levers are quite good so I got rid of everything else and found some useful stuff to cram in there like glue and patch’s and quick-links and how about a tire boot? Sure why not.
While your at it you might as well grind down your security skewer keys to fit in there too.
Lets hope no thieving bastards are reading this!
Job done! now where’s my helmet mirror?
But wait ! I still have the problem of no spare tube…. and no oversized seattube/steerer/stem to stash it in on this old steel frame.
So this calls for some old school ghetto style stashing.
In the baggy it goes
This ones called the mule.
Heres Straton aka Plagways everyday comuter townie and now tourer he’s been slowly dialling in with some sick bits.
Set up now for his epic ride through Morroco over the atlas mountains and into the sahara desert for a world music festival.
Renyolds 531 Raleigh Royal
shimano hubs 105? laced to open pros
Panaracer Pasala tyres (mudgaurds are off for morroco and bigger tyres on)
shimano triple and 9 speed MTB 11-32 cassette
dura-ace bar end shifters
time atac pedals
Nitto albatross bar
TF imports stem
Paul cantilever brakes with kool stop salmon pads
VO grande crue seatpost with Brooks B17 saddle
Brooks bar tape with jelly tape underneath
Topeak XL bottle cage
Soma front porteur rack
Nitto rear saddle bag support
Carradice camper? saddlebag
Prologic carp fishing bag front
This weekend i found myself in the unprecedented situation of being in London on a weekend and having a new road bike… what else is a boy to do but go ride bikes in the sun. So on sunday morning Andy from TFG and myself met on the lofty heights (well for london anyway) of Highgate to crash the Rapha Hell of the North. This is the fourth year the event has been run but the first time i have taken part in this not so gruelling 100km…ish ride out of london and into the surrounding countryside. As the ride is a homage to the slightly more taxing Paris-Roubaix pro race the boys at Rapha had mapped out a course taking in 22 gravé sections mixed in with some gentle rolling country lanes. To add to the good vibes the sun provided the feed station at roughly half way had the little Rapha coffee cart dispensing the black gold and delicious snacks, for free, and concluded the ride with more freebies in the form of fries and a bottle of Leffe! So with slightly heavy legs we reclined in the chair deficient pub to watch Fabian Cancellara kill it on the cobbles and take the victory on the banking of the Roubaix velodrome. NJC