Hello fellow bikers,
As part of my 'give up smoking' regime, I bought a super little bike a few days ago, to take my mind of those narly craving moments that one gets.
All looked quite sexy to my untrained eye, racing green and nice & clean. I was even attracted by the fact that she was "Hand Built in Britain". Which I now know really means built in a Blacksmith's Shop near Sheffield
The last time I rode a bike, they were bright red and had 3 gears (if you were lucky) which you would change by walloping an oversize handle located on what is now known as the top tube...
That was 35 years ago and I am now a proud owner of an Ammaco Diplomat, date unknown. Given my lack of knowledge on anything that has been produced in the last 3 decades, I popped her into my local bike shop for a check - Nylon hubs, Chainset is out (one of the chainrings) and something else that I cant' remember at the moment.
Nonetheless, all shiny bits have been restored with Autosol - That stuff really rocks. And giving her a good polish has also allowed me to give her a good looking over (and more importantly, learn how she ticks).
My first proper ride on her today, a whole 12 miles, phew! But a very important lesson learnt; Don't set off on a trip with the wind behind you. It gives you a false sense of security when it comes to peddling back
So that is how I have come to join the cycling community and seek out this website...