My post today was going to be all about the partial rebuild of my Mixte by Racer Rosa. I was due to pick her up yesterday lunchtime but I had an emergency to deal with at work and so I had to postpone the pick up until later in the week
When I was deciding what to do with the Mixte, the one I picked up on eBay, the question that I struggled with was this:
Should I just do what I could to clean the bike up and replace the bits that really needed replacing but retain the original bike as far as possible or, should I go hell for leather, replace as many components as needed to make what is a supremely comfortable frame into the kind of bike that I really want.
The purist in me said just to clean her up and roll with it. But I couldn’t let that frame go to waste.
One thing I’ve realised over the last few months is that I really don’t have the time for the kind of riding I’d like… long and frequent weekend rides alone or with others. I have too many commitments. So my cycling has to be primarily for transport. For simply getting me from A to B, but in comfort and a tiny bit of style.
When I first started writing this column I said I was halfway between a roadie and a Pashley Princess. And I still am because what I still want most is a road bike, but I have to be able to take it out and not be afraid to leave it for fear of getting it nicked. And I can’t do that with the Wilier. So, I had to make sure that a bike works for me but I wasn’t really sure if I wanted vintage or faux vintage. Or a vintage with new parts?
The answer was, do up the frame, get it tagged, buy the biggest lock known to humankind and just ride it. All the time.
I’ll let you know how she goes when I get her back.
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