I spend quite a lot of time with my bikes. I’m more of a mountain biker than anything else, but generally, I like bikes of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a list of my current and past steeds. If you have any thoughts, want to share your own bikes, or if you fancy a ride give me a shout.
Check out my Tumblr for ride photos.
Genesis – Equilibrium
Model: Equilibrium 2013
In a desire to go faster, I joined the dark side by getting a road bike. And then I found I loved it. It’s a steel frame, which is unusual for a road bike, but I love the flexibility you get with steel. I had a great 2 weeks in the Alps with it in 2013, ticking a few Cols off the bucket list, and have enjoyed many quick blasts and epic all-dayers. On the to do list: The Ventoux, Col de Peyresourde and the Col du Tourmalet.
Salsa – El Mariachi
Model: El Mariachi 2010
After spending a weekend in the rain at Coed-y-Brenin I came to the shocking conclusion that I can’t live with v-brakes anymore, even with only the rear one. As a result, the Kona was retired, and having a desire to try this 29er lark, I got hold of a Salsa El Mariachi frame and built up a new bike from scratch. And I love it. I’ve already been on many adventures with it, including the entire length of the South Downs Way in a day and the Bristol 12-Hour Bikefest. It’s still going strong, and has recently had a proper suspension fork now. Fully rigid was fun, but suspension is better!
Kona – Fire Mountain
Model: Fire Mountain circa 2000.
This was my first major mountain bike that has now been in my loyal service for almost 10 years. Not much remains on the bike that is original, but I’m particularly impressed with the Marzocchi MXC Air forks, which I added in 2002. These have soldiered on through wet Lake District winters and hot Australia summers without a hint of complaint. The steel frame continues to hold firm, despite numerous crashes and scrapes. It made it through the 100km BMC classic in 2009 and the 2010 Otway Odyssey.
Make: Unknown. Think it was a old Japanese steel road bike.
Model: Unknown. Crica 1985
This is my current commuting bike and was built after the previous one died (in a rendez-vous with a Toyota Hiace). I had an old Japanese (I think) frame, that was originally black with flames, that I had powder coated British Racing Green. With the addition of a Brooks Saddle and Brooks leather handle bar grips, it completes the British Racing car look I was going for. I originally built it in Australia, but as I loved it so much it was dismantled and brought back to the Bristol. It is fixed gear, which I enjoy, but is certainly a challenge with the hills of Bristol. Possibly the Greatest Bike of All Time.
Make: An old Apollo I think.
Model: Unknown. Circa 1970’s.
Skip was my first fixed gear build, and I was rather attached to him. Sadly, the photo above doesn’t display him at his glorious best (Eagle eyed viewers will note an alarming gap in the front fork). It was an old Apollo I resprayed myself. Fortunately I harvested most of the parts for The Duke (above). Still, a stalwart of the Melbourne streets for a year and a half until it’s untimely demise with a Toyota Hiace.
I’d really like a CX bike. The idea of thrashing around a field somewhere in north Belgium, getting covered in mud and then sinking a few Tripel Karmeliets really appeals. I also have eyes on a Surly Big Dummy. I think it will be useful in ferrying kids around. Cos I’ve got one on the way!