NEW BIKE JOY

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New bikes. Great aren’t they? I mean, everyone loves new stuff. I remembered just how much a new bike means when I received mine the other day.

New bikes. Great aren’t they? I mean, everyone loves new stuff. I remembered just how much a new bike means when I received mine the other day.

That head tube. Ohhhh, Mummy.
That head tube. Ohhh Mummy.

I had to sell on my beloved Enigma Titanium frame as I’d changed positions and it was too small. So I swanked it up with some quality photos on Ebay, and got enough to afford exactly the frame I’d lusted after. A bit more fluffing about on Ebay gave me the funds for a new set of wheels and some other bits of gorgeousness. I’d be building it myself with old and new components, so I felt like the Father of this new bike. Ok, I didn’t make it like it’s many Mother(s): Look, Campagnolo, Deda. But I’d had a hand in delivering it!
The view as I ride away from you (fantasy).

So yea, I got a Look frame. When you think about it, it’s an exceptionally silly name…But they still have that Hinault/LeMond cache from the Eighties, and they are beautifully put together. I wanted a nice flicky carbon frame, but with comfort and a long head tube for my crumbling spine. BOOM, there it is!

Ordering the frame wasn’t necessarily fun. It means spending money and faffing about with double checking dull stuff like Front Mech Band-on measurements. But the receiving…Oh the smile. The uncontrollable grin.

My neighbours had taken in the boxes as I was out when they came. I must have knocked on their door 3 times in 10 minutes when I got back. She eventually came to the door and said "By the look on your face, you’ve been really looking forward to this haven’t you?!" I nodded vigourously, like a small boy being asked if he wanted cake. Back to the house I went, skipping.

My wife saw me opening the box, a look of unfakeable joy written over me. We were supposed to go out that evening, but she suggested I stay in and build it. Such selflessness! She could see my desperation to BUILD! BUILD DAMN IT! But let’s not overstate the case. It’s still only a bike. ONLY A BIKE??

Campagnolo Chorus carbon chainset, on a square taper axle.
Campagnolo Chorus carbon chainset, on a square taper axle. What beauty!

I built it up the next day, as a treat for a good chunk of work I’d put in recently. I love building bikes, it’s infinitely more fun than buying one finished. You can pick and choose everything exactly as you want. And you know exactly how tight the threads are, how well you greased the mechs and the perfect angle of your bars.

Lily was very jealous of the attention my bike was getting

Lily was very jealous of the attention the bike received. (Genuinely!)

My Look is still sitting in the lounge. I can’t bring myself to put it in the boiler room with the others. It’s like a newborn. It is sensitive and needs love and attention before being thrown to the jealous attentions of aloof Colnago and the mouthy Scott…

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