My new build started off aiming for around £1200... Then I decided I needed to use new forks not my old scabby ones and needed more shiny shinys don't even want to add up my 'shopping list' anymore..
Bike build cost spiral.
I think 3 mtb's and a road bike for commuting just about covers things.... or does it??
nah, you need at least 3 road bikes.
1) new and shiny plastic chav wagon
2) commuter/tourer/winter warrior
3) lovely old school steel jobbie
and a cyclo-cross bike...
having done the cobble it together from spares, 2nd hand and stuff I am much happier with my near out the box build. It all just works properly the others worked but something was always never quite right.
Due to the uncertainties and parts price impacts of the 26/27/29er tussle, I decided to sit this one out and delay a periodic bike re-build in favour of a re-fresh.
So, my Cotic Soul (2010 vintage with 1.1/8 steerer) is due back from the painters soon and I've managed to find some parts that update it - rather than face the comparatively massive costs of switching to the 27/29er format.
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