Well it was all going so well.
I'd ordered a new rear wheel with London's king of Kinlin which would allow me to sell off the rear XR22/Zenith with the front i've been trying to shift. I went for an all black build to match the Ellipse/XR31 and keep everything suitably reserved (dull). But then on collection some brake levers i've always liked came available and we got chatting about what i could put them on. A certain frame on the forum fit the bill and after not much convincing i decided it would be the perfect match for said brake levers. After a sleepless night thinking how i could raise funds i'd all but decided it was not to be but then i get the email, Carphone Warehouse, refund. This has to be scam, call CW, it's not. Standards agency has decided the insurance i paid over 5 years ago was crap, i'm being refunded the full lot, comes to £3 under the frame price. Needless to say frame is now in my possession.
So realistically for the time being it's project four not three, but this at least free's up the Surly to be the bike i'd prefer it to be and gives me another bike i can lavish some love on. As i don't need/want two road fixed builds the Surly has gone riser and i've thrown on the last of the spare parts i have to build something that ticks the bad weather/town/lock up bike box. OG fork will be going back on, as will a brake and maybe i'll swap the cranks from my girlfriends Lee Cooper for something less polished. But best for me is i've found a good home for the XR22/Zenith wheelset, they look way to shiny right now but a few rides in crap weather should sort that.
And here's a sneak peak of bike number four, more on this soon.