Thursday, 6 March 2014


I think there is a Dutch saying about things in life are like a rectangle with the sides representing the day to day tasks. If you spend more time on one thing the net result is the stretching of the corresponding length of the rectangle but the shrinking of the width.

Clearly my life rectangle in respect of this blog has been pencil thin during the last couple of months. I haven't had the time to write nor fix the picture uploading issue due to other long-sided activities.

As a reminder to myself I need to fix the picture issue and write about the following:
  • My fixed wheel bike, upgrades and rides
  • The new Giant in the bike family
  • The new frameset on its way from Italy
  • Resolving the issues on my Brompton BWR hub
  • Tyres
  • Chain lube
  • A running report on my RS81 C35 wheelset
  • Winter achievements
  • Bike fit
  • Free stuff that my son has been given to evaluate
  • 2014 targets
In the meantime I have decided to make a small effort to sell my Basso Viper:
Size 59cm
Fitted with...

* Shimano 6600 Ultegra triple levers, (175mm) chainset, front & rear derailleurs, (Italian) BB and SPD-SL pedals
* Shimano Dura Ace brake callipers with green Swissstop pads.
* FSA finishing kit - Headset, SL-K carbon seatpost, SL-K 120mm stem and (44cm) K-wing bars
* KMC X10-EL chain
* Giant branded wheelset and tyres (from a new TCR 2)
* Fizik Arione saddle with Fizik blinker rear light
* Jagwire racer cable set
* Lizardskin DSP Race bar tape
* Carbon bottle cages

I currently have a Crud rear mudguard fitted (with helicopter tape to protect the paint) and can include in the sale with the front if required.

If you have followed my blog posts you will have read that the frame is a Basso Racinglight steel, handmade in Italy in 2000. I purchased it NOS 2 years ago, built it up and have ridden it for 504 miles. The matching Basso fork is carbon with a 1" steel steerer.

The frame always receives compliments and Condor cycles believe that the handbuilt, fillet brazed frame is as light as their latest Super Acciao. I looked at a new Pegoretti frame at the London Bike Show recently and in my opinion the quality of weld and paint on my Basso is better.

If anyone is interested then I would be prepared to sell it for £700

If you are interested then leave a comment.

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