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  => Freewheeling => Topic started by: sam on August 02, 2007

Title: free again
Post by: sam on August 02, 2007
(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/pics/litespeed.jpg)

My Litespeed has finally been unshackled from the turbo (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=36452.0), where it's been killing time for a few years because my Genesis 02 can do everything it does, only better. I'm the sort of person who wears clothes or a favourite pair of shoes (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=1306.0) until they fall apart. In the spirit of adding a little variety to life, prompted by my recent impulse (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=37583.0) purchase of a Specialized Langster, I made a half-hearted attempt at cleaning off the (corrosive?!?) dried sweat and took it out for a real spin. And you know what? It rides just fine.

As part of the process of getting to know it again, I added some nice bar ends which have been gathering dust, and installed a bar bag. If you look at the picture you'll see I didn't put it in the conventional place. As I was sifting through odds and ends up in the loft I came across the bracket and bag (a very old one, it was retired some years ago when such bags lost favour with me) and an idea formed. I have a Carradice, but it sits too close to the saddle, so I've never really got on with it.
Title: Re: free again
Post by: sam on August 02, 2007
a little later...

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/pics/ti1.jpg)
The patient, with new bag. Black circular patches on downtube cover wounds where gear levers were removed.

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/pics/ti2.jpg)
Before. After picture to follow.


My impulse bike has infected this one, which is in transition, having already had the necessary operation but awaiting the largely cosmetic surgery of a transplanted ENO hub.

(https://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/pics/eno.jpg)
That's 'one' spelled backwords. Amazing how long before I noticed.

While grinding gears up some hills I made the decision to turn the Litespeed into a simpler machine. As part of our courtship I took it for a spin from acf HQ deep down in East Sussex up to the smoke. It's a mildly corrugated stretch with a big wakeup call just south of Biggin Hill. I can't honestly say that it was a better ride than it would've been multigeared, but I did feel more of a sense of accomplishment. It was only when I was injected into the urban bloodstream that that I felt really at home on 63" (the Langster is currently a little over 70), as London is a place of fast starts.

It's possible to fixit, but it ain't broken.

Singlespeed has been slightly mis-sold. One of the chief lures of this way of cycling is its simplicity, yet you still must decide on the most appropriate gear - and aren't there discussions to be had about what that might be.

I've been in a cycling rut which this alteration has helped me escape. At the very least it's made my bike lighter. As each organ was removed and set down on the bikeshop floor, I picked it up again marveling at the weight, and felt a buoyancy in my heart.


still later...

This bike eventually settled into a magic gear (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=50814): 44x17. The ENO is gathering dust, though I'm sure it will find another home one day. Most of my rides are now done on this and the Langster.