Birthday Bike project continues

Flipflops and Crocs: the new cycling accessory?  Hope not!

 Just a quick update on Becky’s birthday bike project…. we’ve had a tyre changing lesson having splashed out on a pair of Continental 4 Season 700×25 tyres and new tubes.  The old ones, while just about rideable, were cracking having been sitting unused since the last century.  We’ve also replaced the original Shimano 600 brake levers (which will be on eBay soon) as they were a bit awkward and too big.  They have been replaced by some nice Sram levers which are far superior in terms of their ergonomic design.

The bike is really nice an light.  The frame is made with Reynolds 531C throughout with reasonably light wheels (Campag / Mavic).  Next we’ll replace the bottom bracket and get the gears sorted.

I should say that I’m pleased we invested in some puncture resistant tyres.  Fitting them was a real challenge and I had to resort to using a tyre lever to get the last bit of the bead over the rim.  I knew I ran the risk of pinching the tube but thankfully it was okay.  At least Becky knows the procedure, if not totally “hands on” for her.  It was one of those tender daughter / father times which I cherish so much.

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