Bike Check – Horny Tank

UPDATE! Read about the longest ride this bike has done here –> BLOG

I am adamant it is the time of year now to bring out the winter steed. So I only saw it fit to show off mine. Weirdly, probably my favourite bike, not because of the bike itself, but the memories that are made on the long winter rides. Obviously it isn’t as fast as the Shiv or as attacking and nimble as the Oltre, but there really is nothing this bike cant do! Whether its tackling gravel sectors or flying through fords, it just keeps going.Turns out that ford was deeper than I expected, as high as the skewers. There was also a huge hole at the bottom. It immediantly punctured my front wheel and as I rolled out the other side and had water shooting out of my front tire like a massive spinning sprinkler.

Key Facts:

Longest Ride: 7hr 30mins 57secs

Distance: 12,119.5km (at time of writing…will be different tomorrow)

Mudguards snapped: 2

Chains & cassettes worn out: 5

Wheels broken: 1

Length of headtube: 3miles

Number of PSI normally in the tires: 60

Weight: 15kg fully loaded

Price: £Priceless

Specs:

Frame & Fork: Reynolds Steel Kona Honky Tonk

Gruppo: Shimano Tiagra Mechs / Sora Shifters / 105 Cranks w/ Stages PM / Miche Brakes

Wheels: Shimano r500s

Finishing Kit: 3T Stem / Deda Traditional Drop Bars / Fizik Arione

Classic. Everything about this bike is just classic. Long, thin steel tubes and shallow box section slightly buckled wheels. Stupid cables that stick out the side of the levers rather than under the tape. Black chain covered in grease. Yeah its not pro. But it keeps going, and thats why I don’t mind it.

Motivation. Nothing like a little laugh when trying to smash out long 5hr rides in the rain in the middle of winter. A classic Zoolander quotes with slight adaptions. “What is this? A power output for ants?” Along with a few other random stickers that i’ve picked up from some random places, from the classic “chop till you drop”, “base in your face” or “I’m always this hard”. Its about solid tires. Trust me.

Be prepared. Annoying as it is, my frame pump doesnt fit into this frame, so I have to go back to a standard mini pump strapped onto the rack. Apart from that, I’ve got everything I think I could need minus a spoke key. The saddle bag has: 2 tubes, tire levers, CO2, spare patches, multi tool, zip ties and a chain tool. Then a spare tire and a mini pump come bungied on to the rack. I’m fairly confident that’ll get me out of anything.

Then comes the 42t inner ring. Partly because there really is no need for a 39 in Suffolk, but mostly because I just think its hard as nails.

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