This post leaves me in both a sad and sombre mood. My second and last daily working Condor Bicycle is now fully dismantled.
After my recent accident I felt that the time is come to move on. Actually for multiple reasons
- Primarily safety: A number of components got crunched in this accident, and some of the others that still look okay I feel might fail catastrophically under load.
This is not a risk I'm willing to take, even if the Insurance company decides not to pay out
- This bicycle is now about 15 years old and whilst it has been frequently refurbished I think it has done it's time.
- A training bicycle should not be as fast as your race bicycle, but this is really too slow!
- Over the years I've become less flexible and so now unless I really crouch the handlebars are too far away! Now I prefer a smaller frame to reflect my reduced mobility
The overall plan is
- Salvage all the components that are guaranteed not broken and still in good working order
- At the minimum; buy a new Bicycle Frame, Front Fork and headset (The old headset is not compatible with modern frames)
- Don't go crazy with new components. They need to be tough and able to perform daily, in all weathers
- As usual the bicycle must try to look as ordinary as possible. Although this is Switzerland, I'd like to be confident when I leave the bicycle locked up outside a shop, that it is likely to be there on my return
In Marcus tradition, liberal use of black duct tape will cover up anything looking too fancy like a logo
Where to Buy From
I don't know of any bespoke retailers in Switzerland. Given that the cost of regular name cycle e.g. Cervelo is almost DOUBLE that of England, i.e. for the same cycle from a dealer, it would be insanity to buy in Switzerland.
The options from England are of course Ribble Cycles, Chain Reaction and Wiggle. I will spend some time selecting wisely from these principle sources
And now a moments silence for Mr Blue Condor. You have served me faithfully for 15 years. You will not be forgotten. Your spirit and body (quite a few components) will live on in my next bicycle.