Oh we do like to be beside the sea-side

by Shaun Audane   April 15, 2009  

Univega by causeway

Not satisfied with one trip to the seaside, the Univega and I took an Easter Sunday solo saunter to Mersea Island. It was an opportunity to put some kit through its paces, have a ride, contemplate the faded state of its bar wrap and of course, life in general. This photo is taken at the spot where I was the only five year old on the class trip to get fully immersed and of course, demanding rescue while the tide was out!

 Upon my return, I rifled through my kit drawer and found some classic bike ribbon I’d squirreled away some years back. Red with black flecks…Or so I thought, as I wound it round the flared Nitto drops, finding myself involuntarily singing Manfred Man’s "Pretty Flamingo"- it was indeed flamingo pink with charcoal fade! A finish tailor made for Peugeot’s higher end 531 and 753 race bikes from the late 80s/early 90s. Hmm, a little “tarts handbag” perhaps but not totally unbecoming and unlike the matt red gel wrap it replaces, easily wiped clean using a damp cloth... Damn, it’s growing on me!

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Here is the offending tape......

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posted by Shaun Audane [771 posts]
15th April 2009 - 22:22

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Wooh..I love the tape, but aren't those track bends?

I love my Nitto B123's on my track bike.

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [688 posts]
16th April 2009 - 9:13

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No Sir, 44cm wide Nitto touring drops in 25.4- slotted straight in to the MTB stem.

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posted by Shaun Audane [771 posts]
16th April 2009 - 19:24

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