Last week the joiner who has taken over our entire house of late was off sick, so I temporarily reclaimed the garage and built up the new Mk 3 Soul frame I’ve had stashed in a box for the past couple of months. Friday was the shake-down ride, and I headed out to do a figure-of-eight over towards Windy Hill and back via Readycon Dean and the Packhorse Trail into Marsden.
This bike is brilliant. I would happily have stuck with my old Mk 2 Soul if I had had to, it was the best bike I’ve ever owned, but when Cotic released the new version with a Reverb-sized seat tube (and in That Green) I was hit with terminal upgraditis. I know it’s a terrible indulgence, but I honestly didn’t stand a chance. Anyway, the new one rides as well as the old one (that is: very well indeed), but with the added benefit of an uppy-downy post that works better than my old X-Fusion Hi-Lo, and with a shiny new 2×10 XT transmission. It’s brilliant. If I could only have one bike, this would be it.
There’s been some resurfacing work done on Windy Hill and whilst I’m no expert I suspect it’s not quite up to the required standard for a bridleway, given that they’ve basically just dropped a demolished building on it. There’s loads of broken glass in the mixed rubble and bricks, which is really not good for bikes or horses; having ridden over a few hundred metres of it before taking a closer look, I can now say with some authority that Hans Dampfs are impressively puncture resistant. The work has been reported to Rochdale council, let’s see what happens.