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Happy Friday everyone! https://youtu.be/jj0CmnxuTaQ

Bianchi Theridion

Now here's an odd looking mountain bike.  The jaunty angle of the saddle and the plastic bag make this look like a tired commuter, but given it's pedigree, original components and bizarre frame design, surely this is a diamond in the rough? What do you think?

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

You may have been wondering what happened to the BMC mountain bike restoration project I started a while back. Like many projects it got to the "nearly finished" stage and sat there for a good six months, causing a nuisance to the family.  Good news then that it's now moved from the the "nearly finished" … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 3): Shimano bottom bracket and crank upgrade

Retro Resue: SRAM X4 rear derailleur 

A while back I picked up a trashed Specialized Hotrock kids bike. The frame looked sound but everything else was pretty far gone.  This bike would need far more workshop time than it's replacement value, so it's owners rightly binned it and moved on. But it's a decent size for my son's next bike, giving … Continue reading Retro Resue: SRAM X4 rear derailleur 

Are disc brakes really dangerous??

It's been a while that disc brakes have been seemingly considered dangerous, and are occasionally permitted and then banned in professional road bike races. Personally, I never really understood the cause for concern, and RJ the Bike Guy's latest video does a really neat job of clearing this up. Check it out. https://youtu.be/vBeSDCHhAPk

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 2)

I recently bought a damaged and unrideable mountain bike as a repair project. While looking for info on the bike on the web, I found it's sleeker, lighter road bike brother. So mine's definitely a 2006 model, given near identical paint scheme. Not quite so clean and tidy as this one though! Click here for … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 2)

BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

I recently bought a tired BMC Fourstroke FS04 mountain bike, which had seen plenty of action and not enough maintenance. As much as anyone could from a couple of mobile phone photos, I saw potential for a restoration and brought it home to breathe new life into it. Sometimes you get lucky and there's not much wrong … Continue reading BMC Fourstroke FS04 (update 1)

What makes for the best commuter bike?

Mountain bike, hybrid, road bike or fixie? As far as I can tell, urban cycling is becoming more popular. For my part, I commuted by bicycle to work for the last 8 years or so, first in Paris, then in Singapore. Over this period, I sense I'm part of a slowly growing number of people … Continue reading What makes for the best commuter bike?

Retro Rescue: This is the ugliest bike I’ve ever ridden

Though saying that makes me feel pretty mean. Like I'm insulting an orphaned child... After all, this sad, abandoned mountain bike was rescued from a bin and brought home to be resuscitated. Something in me just can't leave a bike in a bin, even if it does have a purple and pink-spatter paint job that … Continue reading Retro Rescue: This is the ugliest bike I’ve ever ridden

A wolf for halloween!

Definitely the best curb find yet, I recently came across an abandoned MTB frame, partly stripped and left by some bins. At first glance it looked like an unloved low-end mountain bike, but a second glance revealed some nice components which would never grace a supermarket bike. I had never heard of "Steppenwolf", which isn't … Continue reading A wolf for halloween!