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Wine, music, bike bits and tools, ingredients for a relaxing evening in.
Wine, music, bike bits and tools, ingredients for a relaxing evening in.

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.

New Old Soul. New frame, seatpost and drivetrain, old wheels, brakes and whatnot.
New Old Soul. New frame, seatpost and drivetrain, old wheels, forks, brakes and whatnot.

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.

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