Wide awake one fine middle of the night in America, the endless religious channels on TV drove me to a different altar, that of eBay browsing and I was duly led to temptation. Shiny and not so shiny carbon bits for bicycles at very decent prices from Asia made their buy-me, buy-me mating call.
What to buy though, the road bike is perfect as it is, the other half’s bike is too good for her anyway, but what about the fixie?? While there is not much competition down at Park and Shop in the fixie stakes (yet), maybe time for a few selective carbon upgrades could be justified anyway, after all those tarty red handlebars are so passe.
So three buy now’s from Ian’s eBay store in Taiwan followed in quick succession, a carbon/alloy lightweight stem, carbon handlebars and a carbon seatpost. Total cost, $146.
OK they took a while to arrive (4 weeks) but that was mostly down to the Dubai end of the supply chain’s muppetry, were the courier here sat on them for 2 weeks until I called to nag. Anyway, the parts finally arrived in my (soon to become) grubby mitts.
The fixie was duly stripped of the old parts and the kitchen scales of truth where employed to record any potential weight savings, after all there has to be some kind of scanty justification for the upgrade.
The new parts were duly weighed to compare and there was actually some quite convincing savings, a whole 515g, that should make me at least 2 seconds quicker on the early morning P&S milk run, looks like Team Skye does not have the monopoly on incremental gains.
So after about 15 minutes of Hex Key twirling and a touch of the rubber mallet, the fixie has been upgraded.
The final result, what’s not to like about a little bit of fixie love!