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what lies beneath

December 14th, 2009 Comments off

the only problem with pulling a 16 year old bike to pieces for maintenance is the damage you can find. and damage is what I found when I decided to fully service The Condor yesterday. All of the parts came off smoothly – though the drive side bottom bracket cup resisted enough that I had to get it removed at Brooklyn Bikes. All of the dirt was summarily cleaned away, and you know what…the frame is still is astonishing condition (for its age)

But then I spun the fork.

The headset has become a deadset. It turned as though it was being controlled by index shifters. So, The Condor is down for the count right now which, as long as the weather is either really crappy or really nice, won’t be too much of an issue – if it rains, I’ll be taking the bus or walking, and if it stays as nice as it was today, out comes The Schwinn.

Now I remember why they say ‘let sleeping dogs lie’. Or as Jessica put it, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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The Condor

December 10th, 2009 Comments off

1992 Condor, Reynolds 531c

This is my long haul bike – It’s been with me for the last 16 years and has relocated from Holloway, North London, to NYC, the Brooklyn. It’s survived so much – this even was left behind when some b*stard stole my Trek XO-1. And I always believed it was the ultimate “magpie” bike…the bright shiny machine that would be the first to attract thieves.

Currently it’s equipped with Shimano 105, Cinelli 65s, a 3TTT 140mm stem and Novotech/Jalco/Vittoria 28 spoked wheels, kindly given to me by Kenny’s UPS workmate Flores. The seat is an Avocet O2, which is quickly becoming my favorite new saddle. Thanks to Pete at Brooklyn Bicycles for a quick and easy fix of the erratic right shifter, the gearing works like a dream.

I first noticed this frame in Condor’s Grays Inn road store in 1992. It’s pretty obvious why it was noticeable. It also had a twin, the negative splash (black with green flecks) which I also bought and turned into the winter bike with mudguards and everything. When I moved to America in 1994, I left this bike with my room mate and buddy from the Town & Country Club crew, Davis Wilkie. Davis, if you ever see this, let me know if you still have it or pictures of it?

Anyway, I bought his one first, equipped it with the SHimano/Mavic wheels I’d built while working at Day’s Cycles in Winchmore Hill, and then picked up an almost full set of Shimano 600-EX (the first line of Shimano Ultegra). Except for the brakes. I had to have the Dura Ace BR-7402 brakes for their aesthetic beauty. I still have those brakes calipers today (they’re on the Schwinn) and I will never, ever part with them. Nothing will ever come close to them as far as performance and looks go.

More information to come on this bike.