Episode 28. Giant TCR Once Team Replica. (Part 1.)

Whilst taking a load of rubbish to the tip for one of my neighbours, I was trying my hardest not to buy anything, however I did have to have this.



A Giant TCR Once Team Replica racing bike, you didn't really think I left the tip empty handed did you? As you are probably aware, racing bikes are not my forte, but I thought I had some 700C wheels kicking about, and can probably turn this frame and other bits into a rideable bike without too much effort, and then... Sell it! Just giving it a quike look over it needs wheels and tyres, brakes, pedals, and a saddle, and then it should be good to go! It looks in good shape, and is ridiculously light, infact I tied it to a concrete block to stop it floating away! Anyhoo, I thought I'd have a look through my stash and put it together somehow! I might even ride it about a bit, although I've never been a fan of drop handlebars, and hunched in a racing type pose is never good for someone with a figure like mine, you know the type, belly stuffed with far too many pies! I've been kinda lucky at my local tip lately, I've been frequenting it so often I'm on first name terms with most of them now. The thing that I have noticed is that by getting to know them, and chatting to the guys who work there, I do seem to get a better deal than most. This works well for me, and to be honest, they're a good bunch of fellas who work at my local tip, and I like them., and speaking of the tip, I went back later in the day and they had put aside a seat for me...



Now I don't know about you, but the first thing I thought when I saw that was that it belongs on the previously acquired Giant racer! So a fiver was handed over and I had a seat for my racer! I had a good hunt round to see if I could find any of the other missing parts, but no luck. I did manage to find a pair of wheels for it, but they were both made from steel, and very rusty so I left them there. However, they did have fairly good and narrow racing tyres, made by Continental no less! I soon had them off the wheels, and I was on my way! As it's been a slow week at work, and I had literally nothing to do, I had a plan, and that plan meant a sacrifice! Of this...



I'll be honest, sacrificing my Raleigh Record for it's aluminium wheels didn't please me at all. I've had this little machine for over twenty years after dragging its frame out of a skip by the roadside, but needs must, and as I have plans for new wheels for my Triumph Palm Beach I figured that eventually I'd put the Triumph wheels on the Raleigh, put the new wheels on the Triumph, and everything would be ok, we'd all have wheels! I then went diggin through my parts bin for pedals, and anything else I might need, and this brings me this...



So, jobs left to do? Well, it still needed brakes, I've got nothing that fits it at all! I've tried robbing the Record for it's brakes, but they were too long, and the blocks would rub the spokes, and I have a feeling that would feel very unrefined! Finding a set of brakes for it was proving to be a little more difficult. In the end I managed to find some light aluminium brakes, but I could only find one that had short enough arms for the job. These I fitted to the front, and pondered what the heck I was going to do to retard the motion of the rear wheel. After sifting through various friends bicycle parts stashes I was still empty handed, it was no good, I had to head to halfords! Once inside I was soon thinking to myself that I wasn't paying that much for a set of brakes for a bike I was probably going to sell! There had to be another way, I discussed this with several friends and in the end, the opinion was that I needed to make an adapter. This would mean that I could bolt the calipers with the longer arms on slightly higher than they would originally be mounted on the frame. So that's what I did in the end, I was a bit dubious at first, but it works well, and even looks ok too! Apart from that, all thats left to do was give it a good wash, take it for a bit of a ride to see exactly how good (or bad) it is, and then it will be released back into the wild as racing bikes just aren't my thing... Probably... However, this is incredibly light, I've never felt a bike as light as this... I need to try it!

 

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