Friday, 24 December 2010

Bike Porn Friday: Sacred Hoops

It was the Bike Porn Friday before Christmas, and all through the bike shop, not a creature was stirring, except me, in search of new wheels.

After the chain splitting excitement of Wales, my bike spent part of last month in bike hopspital. When it was discharged, the assistant in the shop said I should probably consider changing my wheels soon. He was pretty casual about it, and therefore so was I.

However, a few days later, and after the soaking Rye ride, I looked at the note from the mechanics. "Rims VERY worn. Replace wheels ASAP!!!'

Oops.

I rushed down to the bike shop as soon as I could, and had a look at some of the off the shelf wheels. On the verge of purchase the assistant confessed, Condor would be having a sale, starting on the 20th, and there would be wheels aplenty available, including the handbuilt ones that I had my eye on.

So on Monday, I hopped down the Gray's Inn Road in search of new hoops. The legends were true, wheels as far as the eye could see:

And when the eye had finished seeing wheels, there were saddles, stems, panniers and all manner of bicycling hoopla.

But wheels I wanted, and wheels I would get. After a brief discussion, I settled on a pair of handbuilt Condor wheels, and some spiffing new tyres. And a lovely new cassette.


Now if it would just stop snowing, I could try them out.

Merry Xmas everybody! Two songs for Jeebus!
Flotsnoo!
TroisV!



2 comments:

  1. Condor race rims, spokes of unknown provenance, Campy centaur hubs, Continental hardshell tyres (25s), veloce cassette (huge leap in price to a centaur one).

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