As mentioned above the new tyres did not quench the thirst for a new bike
I also grew to really love those tyres on the brother, they ride good. +1 recommendation for Hutchinson tyres.
Introducing the BOWMANS PALACE R, road cc's framesetof the year for 2017
I bought this from a man off lfgss, where I got the brother, he was really nice and sad to sell the bike as he was moving to J A P A N, I rode it very briefly around by the Thames and handed the man a bank transfer.
It had a scoop saddle, the front derailer didn't work and needed a good clean, doing all those things would have cost maybe £75 and I would have had a nice, affordable fast bike.
But you see, I have a severe mental illness called "fashion forum neurosis" and couldn't live with the idea of not having my preferred brand of finishing kit, the saddle? That had to be gone I couldn't be seen on something that casual...and well the wheels? Look alright but that rotational weight? I feel that. I feel that at my 50 watt FTP.
I wheeled it down to my local bike man in Manchester and said
"Please sir, I'm sick, here is a blank cheque give me a fancy zipp from finishing kit and some new wheels please, thank you Mr bike man"
Now to you all, this is normal behaviour to see me exhibit, you're used to the guy who spent his teen years posting on forums about brand synergy and the intricacies of slightly racist remade clothes. But this guy? This was his first interaction with me
It's fair to say from the look on his face he wanted it to be his last
Now, a week and a bit passed and I got the call saying "hey Mr overspend, your bikes ready" and I rushed down there on my lunch break (slightly delayed as the sales manager sent me out to get sandwiches for the meeting in the afternoon, it's not his fault, he didn't know I had a prior appointment with a stunner).
Seeing it hang in the window as I walked in I was shocked, all that money...it...it was well spent let me tell you.
Look good, ride just the same but never shut up talking about your bike.
As the bike man ran me through it all and allowed me to pay (a lower price than I expected may I add) he asked me what I was doing with my old seat post.
What would I do with old parts???! I'm not going to keep them as that would be logical to save me money in the long run. "Nothing" I replied
"What do you want for it" he asked
"Nothing, take it, thank you for doing my bike!"
His next comments shocked me, he was said "great because I misplaced my black one and it's been bugging me, my chrome seat post just doesn't match at the moment"
Shocked I was
This bike man...the only bike man to be closer to the elegance axis than the functional one
We went on to talk about how he usually recommends shallow rims because they're a bit better every day and weight outweighs aero at low depths but we're putting on deep rims as they look fuckkkeenn sweeeet on this build, roasted me for using MTB pedals as he recently bought mtb pedals that looked like road pedals as he couldn't take it
What a guy, the perfect bike man
Hoping this is the start of a long, expensive relationship with this lovely shop
Anyway here is my bike, the new wheels come next week or so