The Clocking-in clock!
Late father-in-law was given it when they updated the clocks in the factory where he worked in Lancashire. We've had it since then, and that goes back to 1974. It's been ticking away in our house since then. Two homes in Scotland, one in Plymouth, then another two in Scotland, another in Plymouth, and two here in Cornwall. It's certainly moved around!
I've cleaned and oiled it a couple of times (only) in all those years.
Anyway, back to my Moulton ...........
Five mile test ride complete.
A couple of adjustments to be done - front mudguard not quite centrally and the 'bars need tilting up a tad. Other than those, all was wonderful!
Off out for another - longer - ride later.
The ride is superb. It absorbs the bumps in the road and I even went looking for them to try it out!
The ease of balancing. I can go slower because the smaller wheels seem to react quicker.
The quirkiness of the bike. No doubt some people will look twice when I sail past!
Absolute JOY to ride.
STIs. I don't like how the RH control needs one click per cog going up the gears. With Ergos, you give the button one long press and you can go from big cog to small cog in one movement. Going up the block is the same ie one, two or three clicks just like Ergos so that's ok.
Also, I don't like the shape of the brake levers. The hoods are nice and comfy, but it's good that I have big strong hands because doing a good hard brake from the hoods isn't very efficient. I wouldn't like to do an emergency stop from the hoods. With Ergos, it's easy and powerful but these STIs seem weak and badly designed. Maybe I'll get used to them ........... I'll HAVE to!
Another dislike is the position of the water bottle. It catches on my legs ....... rubs gently is perhaps a better expression. Again, I'll have to get used to it.
There are other bottle bosses under down tube but they wouldn't be convenient for using whilst riding.
The gears and chain are a bit clunky though work perfectly. Maybe it's that everything is brand new and needs wearing in.
Honking out of the saddle is a bit strange as the front suspension bobs up and down. No problem, just strange.
I can see me wearing out the 11t cog as the gears are a bit low. The bottom gears are fine, but it needs about ten more gear inches at the top end. Only way to do this is to spend money on a 62t outer ring or spend a fortune on a 10t Capreo hub.
Yet again, I'll have to get used to it.
As promised, a photograph.
Please excuse the green tie-wraps securing my Garmin Montana. I'll work out something more elegant sometime. It would have helped if I'd had black