I’ve had some concerns over the paint on my Bob Jackson World Tour, the transfers which should have a clear lacquer coat over them, have been cracking and flaking so I have stripped the frame down and sent it back to them for inspection and possibly a repaint - no quibbles from them, in fact very good customer service as I have come to expect.
Although timing could have been better as weather at the moment is not ideal to be using my non-mudguard-ed Condor Acciaio, it has given me the opportunity, or an excuse, to do some pre-winter maintenance and a very thorough service. I keep my bikes fairly clean and well lubricated, but it was obvious a deeper clean could do good.
The rear derailleur bearings on the jockey wheels were surprisingly dry and dirty so a re-grease has them running smoothly again. It’s also the first time I have tried my Purple Harry bike floss that I picked up at the Cycle Show in Birmingham - these are excellent, way better than any brushes and pads that I have used before and the spiky fibres mixed in with the softer fluffy fibres are great at removing small particles of tougher dirt. I wouldn’t be without them now for derailleurs and cassettes.
I also remembered to weigh the frame and forks, so my 23” Bob Jackson World Tour (Reynolds 631) is about 2.8kg, not bad for a fully lugged, traditional geometry touring frame.