Long time listener, first time caller (ha ha Gross Point Blank).
I bought the bike as pictured below without the wheels about a year ago off ebay. I got knocked off commuting to work and didn't want to feel scared about cycling so I got a bank loan and bought the best bike I could. I got some Zipp 202 Tubular wheels to go with it as I liked the look of the profile.
The first time I rode this thing I nearly fell off. I‘m really into touring bikes and had always wanted a lightweight carbon touring bike but they just aren’t made. After I got knocked off I thought sod it I’ll get a road bike. The bike came with an M2 Racer seatpost which had split where the bolt clamps so I’ve replaced that with a Schmolke TLO. I’ve replaced a few bolts with Ti, changed the cables, bought a compact Ti chainset, 12-29 cassette and added some lightweight bottle cages.
55cm TT Storck Fascenario 0.7 G1 Frameset
Extralite 120mm stem 93g
Stem cap and expander bolt 7g
Rear derailleur hanger 11g
Zipp ZSL handlebar 174g
Rear derailleur 156g
Downtube barrel adjusters 4g
2011 Super Record ergopower levers 341g
Storck seat clamp 12g
2013 172.5mm Super Record titanium compact 573g
2011 175mm Super Record chainset 657g
Fybre-Lyte chain catcher 5g
Front derailleur hanger 17g
Front derailleur 71g
Bottom bracket cable guide 4g
Ciamillo brakes Negative G 230g
12-25 chain 231g
12-25 cassette 199g
Vitorria CX 23mm tubular tyres 255g each
Zipp rear skewer 40g
Zipp front skewer 36g
Zipp 202 rear wheel 654g
Zipp 202front wheel 522g
Fizik Arione K1 seat 152g
M2 Racer seat post 105g / Schmolke TLO 99g
Crankbrother Eggbeater Ti 11 pedals 183g
Total weight with compact 5.85kg
I moved house not long after I bought the bike and picked up the hire van on the Storck. I tied up the bike in the back and bought a couple of sofa Beds from a local shop so I went to pick those up first. I loaded the sofas and closed the shutter to see everything fit. I tried to open it again but it wouldn’t. Instead of driving round the corner to my house I was forced to drive 10 miles back to the hire firm. I had only hired the van for a day and when I got back home I found to my dismay the sofas had slid into the bike and had broken both seatstays. I initially thought my £4000 investment was ruined. I’m sorry I don’t have any photos it was too traumatic. I came round to thinking maybe the bike could be fixed and after about 6 months sent the bike to be repaired.
I was back out on the road again but on the first ride the derailleur got caught in the spokes and ripped it clean apart. I started walking home when a nice guy helped me get back on the road with the help of a Zip tie.
The derailleur caught the seatstays AGAIN,AGHHH NO, but I don’t think any serious damage was done.
I got a new derailleur and am back on the road and so far I’ve had no serious incidents. The derailleur was my own fault really. I had put those reflective spokeys on the wheel to balance it and you can see in the photo above it had caught them. I now only have them on the outside of the rear wheel because I do think a balanced wheel makes a real difference. I realise SPD’s aren’t for everyone but I really like being to walk on what I ride in and that’s what I had already invested in before road bikes came along.
Some of my other bikes
A 1937 Hetchins Anglo Continental I picked up at a charity shop for £20.
A Cannondale H500 I use as a daily commuter that I bought as a used frame off ebay. Campagnolo Mirage triple and 11sp Athena.
A 1990’s Nigel Dean I found in a metal skip with a washing machine on top of it and had resprayed.
I live in Nelson in Lancashire in the UK just round the corner from where Carradice saddlebags and Panniers are made. Pendle Hill out of the window today.
Old habits die hard ha ha!
Thanks for listening