Red Viking makes n=3

If you run on the basis that the ideal number of bikes to own is n+1, then currently, n=3. I bought bike #4 yesterday, 2nd hand, and it’s a Red Viking Clubmaster. The shifters on it are really odd, I’ve never seen anything like them before. I ran the 4 miles to the flat where the person who was selling it lives, so that I could ride it back. Odd experience, as the seat was about 6 inches too low and it wasn’t on a quick release mechanism.

That all said, I’m not getting this bike to ride. I’m getting it to tinker on, so that I can better understand how to fiddle with brakes, gears, cables etc, and I can totally break it without impacting my ability to get to work the next day.

Also, I’m going to get a groupset for the commuter, and rather than totally knacker my bike and prevent myself being able to get to work, I’m going to practice putting the groupset on the Viking, and once I know what I’m doing and how to adjust it all etc, I will then put it on the commuter. That’s the plan, anyway. Currently trying to decide whether to go for Shimano Tiagra or SRAM Apex. I’m currently in the Shimano camp, because I know how that stuff all works, but I’m also intrigued by the SRAM stuff. We’ll see once I’ve saved the pennies, with a good £100 more needed if I go for SRAM.

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