I’m quite excited now, Mike has finished the frame I told you about a couple of weeks ago, he mailed me a pic before he wraps it up and consigns it to courier. It’s cost me a little more than expected thanks to the recent plummet in the value of the £ but hey ho, the idea is that this is the last winter and general purpose frame I ever have to buy… rather than seeming to get through a frame every 3 or 4 years either through damage due to corrosion, fatigue or a general dissatisfaction that it’s not my ‘ideal’ winter frame. For me it’s worth the ££ for a custom job now, I’ve been riding long enough that I know exactly what I want in an all-year, all-round frame and this represents those thoughts precisely. Some style, class and looks for the summer (with the hidden mudguard eyes) with buckets of practicality for the winter and bad weather training… durability, corrosion proof, one fixed gear and properly integrated mudguards… Once it’s built up I’ll show you in detail, stay tuned…..
so yeah, Steve if I come and have a look at your French trees I’ll bring either this or my Ti DeSalvo cross bike for the trails ;o)
In other news then.. (well that’s what they say on TV) I’ve been making best use of the anti-depressant properties of hammering one’s body outdoors. I suffered something of an emotional wounding this last couple of days and needed to get away. A quick phone call and a hasty exit of the office yesterday enroute to some time away from home, a solid morning hammering singletrack on my cyclocross bike followed by afternoon in bracing conditions surfing in my kayak… both hard work, both great fun and something to feel good about in that I can just go and do that kind of stuff, and now I’m shattered but feeling much better. Shame I can’t get bikes and kayaks on the NHS… or even wine cos that’s what is next.. assuming I can find some strength to open the bottle. What I really need is a pretty young serving wench to do that for me (volunteers?)…. and in the interests of political correctness and in case the ethics police are reading I’ll make an apology (albeit a hollow one) for that remark, it was all tongue in cheek of course… :o)