10 October 2011

i.am.a.plonker.

serves me right for all the 'new commuter' teasing. to cut a short story even shorter, i 'won' a bike from ebay. dreams of steel fixed commuting have been crushed due to inadvertently spending £53 on a child's bike. it is lovely though and i'm unsure what to do now.
reasons to love it...reasons to love it...
reasons to love it...reasons to love it...
i could still go down the fixed route but i really wanted a bike with 700cc wheels. i doubt there'll be much advantage over my current commuter. so, today's plea, does anyone have an old steel frame/bike suitable for singlespeed/fixed, rack and mudguard mounts going cheap or willing to swap for a similar yet smaller bike?!!
280/365

*essay completed with 5hrs to spare and another lovely sunrise witnessed on friday morning.

13 comments:

Runningbear said...

Titter, snigger.. whilst reading had fleeting mental image of you cycling to work in zigzags with clown pants and big red nose. Not that it's funny at all. I own no wheels to swap but good luck with that and very well done for being such a swot and getting your essay done so early.Great sky too. RB.

trio said...

So how small is it?

Jane said...

It's not that small - I think it's actually the right size for her, but she doesn't want to admit that she has to have a child's bike ;)

trio said...

Old skool bikes often had smaller wheels!

sbrt said...

The photos look good though

kate said...

rb- brilliant, thanks. i could even get a horn instead of a bell ;)

trio- the frame's ok-ish, it's just the wheels are 26". so probably not worth the time/effort of spannering??

jane- it.is.TOO.small.

trio- really? i didn't know that. when did road bikes start getting bigger wheels?

sbrt- and that's the important thing ;)

trio said...

Not sure, but I know someone I used to work with had a classic bike and it was 26"

A road bike is still probably quicker than the current bike, and fixed would be nice!

But I don't know much about stuff like that.

kate said...

trio- hmm, that makes me feel slightly less stupid!!

Dominic Rivron said...

why not sell it again on ebay (or a card in the local supermarket) and try again?

kate said...

dominic- good point BUT having had a closer look i think it will take 700c wheels...the only probably now is the fork space seems to be particularly small :-/ ....i think i might be following your suggestion!!

SS:Mtn Biker said...

eBay can be addicting,LOL! It's a good looking bike from what I can see (and YAY! I can see it,no Blogger issues today :) )

Over here,I can remember as a kid back in the '70s lots of roadbikes ("10 speeds" they were) had 26" wheels. SS or fixed sounds awesome! Congrads on the score!

ultra collie said...

why cant i stop the theme tune from casualty playing in my tiny mind as i look at that shot. enough!

kate said...

ss- yup, new bikes are always good, even if they're a little on the small side.

uc- fortunately/unfortunately the reality is very different ;)