I thought I'd enter into the spirit of the thing and get the 'dale sorted.
I shouldn't have bothered!
The alloy collett on top of the Tioga T bone stem that the expander bolt bears on, cracked in half so stem is now useless
Substituted a Kalloy aluminium stem circa 1994 but no cable guide. Had to ditch the Ritchy Logic Canti's for some cheapy taiwanese V Brake replicas from Halfrauds.
Brake boss on the Pepperoni forks then broke off. None of the spares I could find/steal are the same thread size
Stole the forks out of my Wife's Rockhopper as I couldn't be bothered to change the lower race on my first choice a set of Rock Shock Quadras. The Pepperonis and the Spesch had identical STX head sets, so a quick swap was all that was needed.
Went to refit the cassette only to realise that I had canabalised it to make up two single speed rear wheels. And couldn't find the lump of chain I had removed when I shortened it.
Another trip to Halfrauds (I know I should use the LBS but I drive past it on the way to work) for a new 7 speed block and chain (well it needed them) and some new cables but time is running out and I haven't even started on the gears yet.
So expect to see me on the 2004 Spesch instead.
Training to date, a two hour ride on Saturday, my third this year!
Actually my third since November.... ouch this is going to hurt!
Oh on the subject of tyres, North Downs = Clay over Chalk, nasty when wet. Sod retro credibility, 1.5 Conti Cross Countrys for me, a bit sketchy but they don't clog.
I rode these on last March's Polaris Challenge in Dorset/Wiltshire, same clay over chalk combination. I didn't have a problem but passed loads of people with big fat clogged up tyres carrying their bikes.
And the forecast for Saturday? Warmer but Wet
Oh yeah my Mum calls me Tony
See ya all on Saturday
1991 Cannondale SM1000
2004 Specialized Epic Comp Disc