Rule 12 // The correct number of Bikes to own is n+1
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three the correct number is
n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as
s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
Whilst undertaking the Rapha festive 500 cycling challenge over the Christmas period last year I was very aware of the damage the horrible UK road conditions were doing to my Wheel rims each and every time I applied my rim brakes. I knew I needed to make the switch to disc brakes and so the seed for a new winter / wet weather bike was sewn.
I guess I could have just used by disc braked Cyclocross Bike but its a heavy, sluggish beast, built more for off-road cycling. What I really
wanted needed was a lighter bike with disc brakes and ideally the ability to run a slightly wider tyre for comfort and grip reasons. Something quick enough to not leave me getting dropped on Club spins.
After looking at numerous Bicycles and framesets out there within my limited budget I finalised my choice on the Canyon Endurace Aluminimum frameset, one of the lighter Aluminimum framesets available in my pricepoint. Canyon are an Internet only retailer and I had never ridden a Canyon before so I was a little uncertain on the size to go for and had no idea if the frameset would suit my needs, but I decided it was a risk worth taking. I had various Bicycle bits and pieces in my Shed that would be compatible with the frameset and help reduce the build costs and so the order was placed.
The excitement of delivery day arrived only to be tinged with a little disappointment when unpacking the frame I noticed a chip in the paintwork 🙁 I debated packaging it up and sending it back but the chip was so small I opted to keep it. But not before negotiating a discount with Canyon 🙂 helping reduce the build cost even further 🙂
The next issue was that the Brake Calipers I had in the shed were not compatible with the frame and so I had to buy new Brake calipers 🙁 luckily I was able to sell my incompatible calipers the very next day 🙂
Having never built a Bicycle before I questioned whether or not I could actually complete the Bicycle. I have always been quite mechanically minded and just took my time, learning as I went along. Some parts of the build (bottom bracket and crankset) were much simpler than others (front mech!) but I got the bike built and after a short loop around the block on it to seat the cables and bed in the brakes, it was now time to get out on it and use it in anger to see if the bike would perform as I hoped or would it prove to be a poor choice and leave me disappointed?
My chosen route took me through Dundonald up the new line and Ballystockart roads. My initial impression was that the Bike was good, plenty fast enough only to look at my Cycle computer and realise how slow I had travelled, was it just the headwind and hills or was the bike disappointingly sluggish?
Briefly along the Hillsborough road then the Ballycreely road, in to Ballygowan and along the Moss road and Ballybunden road to Balloo. Again my head was telling me the Bike was performing well but this time I decided to not look at the Computer and continued on along the bumpy Craiganusky road and along the Ballydrain road back to Comber where I decided to end my workout and just ride home nice and easy from this point. I looked at the stats on my Cycle computer and was very pleasantly surprised at how briskly I had covered the distance so far to Comber 🙂 The new bike is a keeper, comfortable (despite me needing to make a few small adjustments to the bars etc) and definitely quick enough for my winter / wet weather cycling requirements.
The Cycle home from Comber through the town and along the Greenway was at a much reduced effort from myself, just chilling out enjoying the continued good weather.