Forest of Dean and worn out rims

Resurrectio’s second sportive challenge of the year was the Forest of Dean Spring Classic, a stinging 85 miler that wove an intricate path through the beautifully lush Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Once again the bike wasn’t found lacking. Totally comfortable all day and able to keep pace with folk on much lighter bikes, even on the event’s many steep climbs.

RIGIDA Sputnik click to zoom image

Need to buy a new set of rims for her – current living on borrowed wheels – the Mavic T224s wore through after 9 years of hard use, to be replaced with some brand new Mavic A119s or maybe some Rigida touring rims. The key to rim choice on a bike like this is rim width. 19mm internal width being optimal for tyres between 28mm and 47mm.

35mm tyres on narrow 13 or 15mm rims just don’t work. Ask me how I know…

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One bike to rule them all

I’ve had a huge shed clearout over the last few weeks, partially motivated by financial circumstance, partially by the wish to simplify. The upshot of this is that I’m now a one bike man. Oh yes brothers and sisters, Resurrectio the Green (pictured above in the header) now has to live up to its billing as a true all-rounder.

It’s easy to own an all-round-commuter-tourer-trail-bike-cross-bike type bike and be all braggy and bolshy about it, when you’ve also got a mountain bike, folding bike and road bike. However, it was time to walk the walk and get rid of the noise in the Allen cycling stable. First the road bike went to my son, who’d outgrown his road bike. Then the mountain bike went (via the ‘bay) to an eager punter in York. Finally the folding bike flew the coop this evening to a nice chap who owned a whole fleet of Dahons.

So now it’s just me and Resurrectio. And it feels good. I’ve got a bike that’ll do 95 percent of the riding that I do. For the other 5 percent, I can beg, borrow, but not steal.

For the record, the features that make Resurrectio “the master ring” are as follows:

  1. Tough cromo frame and fork with mudguard eyes, rack mounts and BIG tyre clearances
  2. Mudguards
  3. Drop bars, mounted level with the saddle, meaning all day comfort (ROAD), off-road control (‘CROSS) and good visibility in traffic (COMMUTE)
  4. Flat, grippy pedals – wear any shoes you like
  5. Chainguard instead of the macho BIG RING = wear your normal clothes and don’t get snagged.
  6. The result – one sweet bike that never says “no, sorry, that sneaky trail shortcut is off-limits”.

Want some proof? Here’s a report from Resurrectio’s latest long distance raid – the Forest of Dean Spring Classic Sportive. Two days later I cycled to work on the same bike, in the rain, in normal clothes.