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I gave my bike a wipe down and took it outside to get some pictures tonight. It’s been in this guise for a few months now and there’s nothing else I want to do with this bike other ride it!

Raleigh Scorpio

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Headed out with some of the Bristol heads off the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed forum tonight.

Sideways

Sideways

Got a few pictures.
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Raleigh Scorpio Fixed Phase 2

Raleigh Scorpio Fixed Phase 2

Work has continued on the Scorpio over the last couple of weeks…

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Raleigh Scorpio first fix
Raleigh Scorpio first fix

ere’s the Raleigh Scorpio that I recently rescued from the binmen. It’s in the first phase of its conversion to a fixed gear bike. I had a new wheel-set built for it at Bristol Bike Workshop. System Ex Hubs and Mavic Open Pro rims.

For the future I have some bits due to go on it – flat bars, white Oury grips, white/black Dirty Harry brake lever which should go on this weekend. I’m going to remove the decals. On my wish list are a new white saddle, a nicer seat post, some metal toe-clips and white leather straps. Eventually I may replace the crankset for something a bit swisher too!

Raleigh Scorpio

As I was on my way to the Zen Dojo early this morning I spied this little beauty out of the corner of my eye. I had a little look at it, just lent up against a railing where people from my street leave stuff in a kind of neater, more middle-class version of fly-tipping. Both tyres were flat and it wasn’t locked up, which I took to mean that it hadn’t been used in a while and it was unwanted. I didn’t want to take it there and then, but I decided that if it was still there when I came back from work this evening I’d have it.

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This is a dangerous little beast. I’ve had it a couple of weeks and I’ve been pushing my top speed up every few days. I’m now knocking on the door of 40mph, which isn’t gonna break any records, but it ain’t bad for a 10 minute commute through central Bristol at rush-hour!

Frickin’ Awesome! Back online. It’s been a while, so I thought I’d start off with a post about my latest acquisition. The Deathtrap served me well, getting me on the streets enjoying the thrill of speed, agility and limited braking. But I tired of the incessant rattles and the concern of my work colleagues, so I hit Ebay. Hard.

I finally came up with this little number: aluminium frame (possibly Cannondale?); Alex deep rims; Shimano hubs and just about everything else. But basically it looks tough. Street Warrior, guy! I’m well stoked. It’s so quick, you just can’t cruise on it, perfect for city riding. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you: The Deathrace 3000.

Deathrace 3000