2017 Race Bike: Bianchi Oltre XR4
Weight: 7.3kgs w/ race wheels – not bad for a big aero bike ah?
Style: What you want a race bike to look like!
KOMs Gained: Already taken a few
Frame: Bianchi Oltre XR4 2017
Wheels: Vision Team 30s for training / ENVE SES 4.5s w/ Conti Competitions for racing
Gruppo: Shimano Ultegra & Stages PM
Finishing Kit: TEC Components Bar + Stem
Time Trial Bike: Specialized Shiv
Weight: Good enough for hilly TTs
Style: BAD ASS!
KOMs Gained: Already has a few to its name!
My latest purchase, and certainly my coolest bike to date. After following almost every bike for sale page in the country for months, this little gem popped up. Bargain price for the frameset and groupset, so i snapped it up. Only downside was a long old drive to Bristol to collect it. But it was 100% worth the trip.
Now i’ve spent a serious amount of time dialling in the position, and i have to say it’s pretty comfy. I feel at home in the time trial tuck, which i guess is quite strange. I’m hoping this bike will taste some success this year!
Frame: Specialized Shiv 2012
Wheels: Zipp Disc Tubular Rear & R-Sport Tubular Front/Enve 45mm Tubular/Tri-Spoke when i buy one
Gruppo: Shimano Ultegra w/ DA 55/42 Chainrings & Stages PM
Finishing Kit: Integrated Carbon Bars w/ 3T Ski Bar Extensions
Training Bike: Pink Wheels
Style: Out-there, but LOVE it!
KOMs Gained: The odd one
Too me, Pink Wheels is still my first proper road bike. However, in reality the only remaining part from my original Orbea Aqua is the slim 2mm spacer positioned above the stem. Over the years it has been upgraded and adapted into what it is today. A mismatch of random parts that resembles a bike. The most iconic part being the ‘pink wheels’. They are American Classic Aero 420 2’s with special addition pink stickers, bought second hand from my local bike shop a few years ago now. They turn heads thats for sure, along with the pink bar tape to match. People seem to have a very marmite approach to it, although i believe the blue and pink works perfectly and i wouldn’t want it any other way!
Geared up for training now, however when it was in a previous form it was my race bike and got me my first race win. Because of this it will always be ‘my bike’ and hold a special place in my collection.
Frame: Orbea Onix
Wheels: American Classic Aero 420 2 Pink Edition w/ Conti GP4000ii
Gruppo: Shimano 105/Tiagra/Sora Mix w/ Stages PM
Finishing Kit: Pro PLT
Winter Hack: Horny Tank
Weight: S#@t Tonnes
Style: Old School / Muddy
KOMs Gained: None.
Firstly i shall explain the nickname. It is a Kona Honky Tonk, you see the connection? Possibly the only bike more bodgy than Pink Wheels…but that is what winter bikes are meant to be i guess?
The unsung hero that just keeps plodding on all winter without every breaking despite the abuse and lack of care it receives. It is your typical, proper, old school winter bike. Cheap as chips parts, that seem to not be affected at all by grit, steel frame for comfort and serviceable wheels with a reasonably high number of spokes. Although i am planning on breaking the winter bike rules by buying a new set of Mavic Open Pros built on Hope or Shimano hubs by the time next winter roles around.
Although they cannot be seen in this photo, the top tube is covered in stickers, much to Chapperz’s annoyance, but it can help for some moral on the darkest winter days.
Frame: Kona Honky Tonk
Wheels: Shimano r500 w/ Bontrager Tractor Tires
Gruppo: Shimano Sora/XTR/105 w/ Stages PM
Finishing Kit: 3T -17degree 13cm Stem with 36cm Deda bars
! M U D G U A R D S !