My mate Tom has been working on a Project. Basically he had a Very Sensible Dutch Bike (VSDB), but was frustrated at its lack of agility & the Grand Canyon-esque spacing of its three gears. So he hatched a plan to take a modern Reynolds 531 bike equipped with a Shimano 11 speed hub, disc brakes &c. and turn it into a stealth scalper of would-be racers.
The finished product is quite impressive, and had me stroking my chin for a while. I basically want a bike that Does It All – speed, comfort, style, and low cost. I started researching the idea of building something similar – maybe as a replacement for the Pashley. I figured that I could probably cut its weight by half (to around 13Kg), and end up with a bike that could put on a decent speed, without any concession to what I’d wear off the bike.
Tom’s bike is a thing of engineering elegance, and yet… I used to be an engineer, and I know about drag, wind resistance, human power outputs, and stuff like that.
So I don’t think I’m going to be building myself a Reynolds Roadster. Though I may choose to do some mods to the Fixie…