Bought a road bike the other week. Did a quick 10 miles last weekend, and went out early this morning hoping to do 15 but only did 7 - just felt exhausted. Putting it down to a cold I have, which made it not a particularly pleasant ride.
We had some knackered bikes dumped in the car park at work a while ago. They were kept inside for a while and the coppers weren't interested and no one else was interested and the boss wanted 'em out of the way so i claimed them. Thought I'd have a bit of a play with one of 'em:
^ Back end jacked up as far as the cables will allow an an alloy seat stem cut to size - who needs rear suspension?
^ I decided it could use a little rake - mathematically worked out with a hacksaw.
^ note the use of a sophisticated frame jig.
^ Could do with being stretched out a little.
^ thought I'd best brace it. Else my crappy weld'd snap on the first corner. Top tube is part of a circular shower rail bought off of Amazon. As a shower rail it was gooseberry fool. As the top tube of a dubious looking bicycle it suffices.
Seat stem was cut at 45 degrees, turned around and welded back together for a little more stretch.
^ I knew that old stainless shelf'd come in useful at some point. Got through two bloody cutting discs cutting the side plates out though!
The next step is to widen the handlebars using the standard bars off of my Triumph. Should be 'interesting' to ride.