How do you remove the surface rust off the chromed stays on your retro conversion?
Ranex is only reactive with oxidised metal (ie rust). Its active ingredient is phosphoric acid (same as in coke). Ranex Rustbuster converts rust from a detrimental oxide to a beneficial phosphate of iron, chemically destroying any rust present and leaving the surface in a suitable condition for painting when completely dry. It removes rust spots, cleans & polishes stainless steel, chrome, brass & copper. Ideal for bikes & tools etc. Rusty parts can be soaked in Ranex.
Question and part response courtesy of facebook site retroclassiccycling
I read in the local rag a few weeks back that Whippets Workshop in Stepney were opening their cafe, so on Saturday morning I swung around there after last Saturdays ride to have a squiz.
I must admit, i had an ulterior motive for popping around. I had a chat (email conversation) with the distributor of Niner bikes earlier in the week, and was informed that Whippets were the local retailer. I had seen a niner bike that has stoked my interest, and wanted to find out more.
A bit more about that later.
Anyway, just as I was taking a picture of the above sign, Shane turned up to open the shop, and we had a little chat about the Niner, the shop , the cafe and other cycling stuff. Things appear to be going well as last time I was here, they were much smaller but had plans for extending and adding a cafe.
Looks like they have had a roadblock with the Council but are confident of imminent resolution. They’ll be hiring a barista for the cafe so we can look forward to some decent caffeine. Lets hope they get a decent range of decadent pastries for the important post ride recovery. High on my list if I can influence anything is the zeppole
Whilst they don’t have a large range accessories, they have focussed on gear that is different to the standard supply, including Bont, Pod amongst other gear. They have also recently taken on Ridley.
The bike I mentioned before was the Niner RLT9. Its been around for a few years, but a new all steel tube version has just been released in the states.
The RLT9 uses the historic Reynolds 853 steel tubing with thru-axle technology and a tapered steel headtube. The RLT9 can accommodate either a double or triple chainring, and features a slightly longer chain stay, lower bottom bracket and slacker head tube angle which make extended hours in the saddle a little more accommodating.
Whilst I don’t know what my next bike will be, I am considering something that will provide me with some flexibility to ride the gravel roads up and around the Adelaide Hills, but still allow me to ride the roads with the same grace I ride them now. So not sure of this is it, but it has me interested.
Bushfires – 3 months on
I rode through Gumeracha and Chain of Ponds the previous weekend for the first time since the fires came through in January. Having spent a good 8 years of my life about 5 km’s away from Chain of Ponds, i know the area like the back of my hand (in fact needed to after some of the football training nights at Gumeracha Football club when I was going through Uni), so seeing the burnt land was quite an eye opener. I actually took a drive a few days later with my daughter to see how close the fire got to my old house – about 20m. The house survived but the old hay shed wasn’t so lucky.
Here are a few photos from my ride around chain of Ponds.
I’m looking forward to a ride after winter to see how fast this regenerates.
Was this the best in recent history? 6 riders together entering the velodrome – fabulous.
After winning the Milan San Remo, only the 3rd rider in history to do so, John is having a great year, as are his team Etixx-Quickstep with some strong performances, although they have lost a few unlosable races.
And over in the land of Bergs – Amstel Gold
Stayed up to watch the race, fell asleep with 6 km to go, woke up just as they were walking up to the presentation – ahhh!
Simons Clarke’s effort was superb, rode himself into the ground.
I only saw the action leading to the finish line on replays, but the way Bling bounced from the tail of one attack to another was quite astounding. He had to on his game to pick the right attack as they came thick and fast, unfortunately just came up short.
I bet Bling would’t have come in 3rd had he been racing for a Coopers Pale instead of an Amstel Gold (The Coopers Pale, now there’s a name for a one day classic in Adelaide!)
Adelaide Hills in Autumn
Asmost of you know, the Adelaide hills in Autumn are just stunning.
I had the pleasure of trying out the new facilities set up by Dave Parsons at ERGO, on Pulteney Street a few weeks ago. Dave contacted me after my query a few issues ago where I was chasing up what riders do in ways of training when not on the road.
Bar of the Week – Maybe Mae
Behind a non-descript wooden door in the basement of Bread and Bone, Peel Street awaits Maybe Mae. The art deco-inspired speakeasy is fabulously furnished in fern greens, glass, brass and wood.
Maybe Mae is arguably the peak of Adelaide’s hidden bar game, and well worth the hunt down Peel St’s faux subway tunnel. When standing on the Bread and Bone stair landing, the threshold to Maybe Mae can be seen directly below. It is not – via the entrance marked ‘M’.
Till next week