November 27, 2005

Another new toy

It must be at least 6 months since I last bought myself a new bike , so surely it's time for another. Planet-X have been doing a 105 build of their Kaffenback frame for silly money, so it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. And here it is at last :-)

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This really is the bike I should have bought 2 years ago, when I got my Trek 1200. It's probably not as quick out of the blocks as the Trek (which has an amazingly stiff frame), but it has the advantage of dropped bars (more comfortable for long rides, and more aerodynamic for battling into headwinds, and massive wheel clearance, meaning I can run full-length mudguards and big tyres (although having tried the 30mm monsters it came with, I've gone back to my 23mm skinny slicks for the time being). The steel frame is nice and zingy; much less harsh over bumps than the trek's aluminium back-end, and over-engineered enough that it can take on gentle off-roading if required. Plus, it has a certain coolness about it, coming as it does not from some huge megacorp, but from 5 guys in Doncaster (one of whom happens to be a genius frame-designer).

So far, my personalisation of it has extended as far as putting mudguards on it, and fixing a large number of lights. I had intended to put a rack on too, but unfortunately the mudguards came without bolts so I've used up my entire stock of M5s on them.

The Trek is now destined for a good clean-up, then to be abandoned to the tender mercies of ebay (unless someone makes me an offer in the region of £150 in the meantime…). If it fails to sell then I'll singlespeed it for the summer…

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  1. What are you including with the trek?

    28 Nov 2005, 10:48

  2. Chris May

    What would you like? You're welcome to the clip-on mudguards & pannier rack (though not the panniers). You can have either SPD pedals or flats. Wasn't planning on including lights with it but could probably come to some arrangement. I can throw in enough tools to do the minor stuff too ( i.e. 3 alan keys and a philips screwdriver :-) )

    A word of warning, though; it's going to need a new drivetrain (chain + rear cassette – about £50) and a new rear wheel rim (about the same, assuming you want to get someone else to build it) at some point in the next 500 miles or so. Other than that, though, it's in pretty good nick, or at least it will be once I've cleaned it; it's got new-ish tyres, new bottom bracket, new freehub, and recently serviced hubs (that's most of the moving parts sorted).

    28 Nov 2005, 10:59

  3. Knowing your ability to take these things apart I was wondering if you were offering the wheels or just the frame.

    I will get back to you once I check the bank account…

    28 Nov 2005, 11:38

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