After a spectacular and bone-smashing exit from the fixie game a couple of years ago I'd been casting around for a new two-wheeled outlet to divert me from life's unending disappointments. Insensible to the practical propositions of a Continent-conquering all-road cruiser I found my calling on this thread, charmed by the timeless chic of slender carbon-scorning frames clothed in smooth-shifting modern componentry.
Enamoured by some of the builds featured above I hereby submit my shot at understated refinement to please nodders in the know. Though of Italian pedigree, the (alu) frame is dated to around 2000BC and the groupset c.2015 so I’m testing the limits of MGOF – pedants please suspend your normal notions of ‘old’ and ‘modern’.
Making the most of a “quiet” period employment-wise earlier in the year (writing jobs are rare as 105 groupsets these days), I put my extra time and limited funds to good use and snaffled deals on posh parts like a magpie with internet access. Combined with some goodies from the HHSB days of yore, I had a rather enviable array of finishing kit. Crabon rims will soon be added to the probably-unnecessary-but-oh-so-fetching decoration, just waiting on spokes.
Huge props to my pal Pierre at A1 Bike Works for putting this all together. He shares my perfectionist tendencies and has an armoury of tools to realise a bike’s full head-turning potential. Without him going full OCD and sweating the small stuff this wouldn’t be half as fun to ride and I’d have been stumped at several unforeseen obstacles. And his bar tape wrapping kicks ass.
Head to the CP thread for more pictures and excessive use of compound adjectives and subordinate clauses.