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by Kyle Andries

Month: August, 2013

Viva La Francais

I’ve told you of a two of my interests so far. The third is Cars. I love cars, always have done. If they didnt cost as much to buy, run, maintain, insure, tax etc etc, then I would probaly love them more than I do bikes. I guess I got it from my dad, he was a Ford kinda guy. I’ve not yet made a blog entry on it though, I’m waiting for Le Hurb (my car) to come out of hibernation so I can take proper pictures of him before I do that.

My first ever car was a Peugeot 106 Quiksilver. I loved that thing, but unfortunately it didn’t love me as much. As a result of this love, I’ve always wanted to own a 106 GTI, in Moonstone Blue! For those of you who are wondering why, its the top of the range 106 model and I like cars (have I said that yet?). Now I’ve not told you this yet but I recently (a year or so ago) received 6 points for a driving offence… This meant that my car had to be put into storage and I had to cycle everywhere as a result because I’m young, poor and stupid (or was? lol). That 6 points is probably the reason I’ve started this whole project/venture and also the reason why I’m sat here writing this… Obviously one day I would like to drive again when I’m able to afford it and I will be looking to own that 106 GTI.

How does this post relate to bikes then? Whilst I’m waiting for that time to arrive, I thought I’ll build a bike to match the car. It seemed perfect as Peugeot also manufactured bicycles in a past life – although I’m not sure if they still do?! This brings us to project Kaaaaaaandries’ classy/leisurely Peugeot go getter that is not worth the money.” You can read about the full project by clicking the link as I’m not likely to go into too much detail on this blog.

As mentioned in the thread in that link, it’ll be the perfect match for when I eventually own the car. The bike itself will be for pootling back and forth at a nice pace, especially at weekends when going to the shops or out on a romantic ride with legf. At the moment I do this on the Langster, however the aggressive geometry and lack of bike rack make it not so comfortable, or as uncomfortable as riding can get. I wont go into details of what the parts etc will be used but I will be sure to keep you updated… perhaps when I run out of things to post about :).

To briefly explain the different frames in the pictures though, the greeny/blue one was what I was going to use as the basis of the project. However after being slated for the poor quality steel of the frame and the budget I had in mind, thanks to the friendly gents over at LFGSS, I’ve decided to sell up and find a better replacement in the form of the maroon touring frame shown below.

Wish me luck, this is going to be my second proper build from the ground up and first to grace this page.


“Bike Friends”

So earlier this year while I was out taking pictures of my steed, some dude on a skateboard asked; “Is that fixed mate…” I said “Yeah”, and thats how I met my first ever *bike friend. The dude’s name is Justin and he thought the Langster was amazing and made out of carbon fibre… To this day I have not corrected him haha 🙂 (It is awesome, just not made out of crabon fibre)

Some people thought this was weird though, “Why would you speak to a random guy and take his number to meet up for a bike ride?”… Why not? It occurred to me that people are more than happy to meet ‘randommers’ out in town or on holiday and there it seems perfectly acceptable, so why not take a guy’s number who has the same interests as me, and who lives in the same area? I’m not the type to limit myself because it’s not considered normal, and don’t think others should either. I think you could do way more than you realise if you get rid of that worry that everyone else might think you’re weird. Be weird. Fuck em.

More on topic.. I met Justin and went on a very wet initial bike ride through New Milon and Christchurch. We’ve kept in touch though and now go on rides regularly, I’ve even made more bike friends as a result. We’re due to cycle to Southampton from Bournemouth for a day up there soon, keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be taking the camera along.

Anyway, theres only so much you can say about your new bike friends without sounding like we’re all secretly **gay. It’s pretty cool though, and if you read this (hopefully atleast one person is) go out and meet some new people. You never know what might happen, you could meet the love of your life or even expose yourself to opportunities you never thought possible. Justin’s from The Phillipines and I couldnt help but think of the possibility of a bike trek there lol

Here are some snaps I’ve taken so far whilst out with these guys… They’re all pretty cool.


*by bike friend I mean someone who I met randomly by chance, purely from the fact that we both have an avid interest in bikes. I’ve had loads of friends with bikes before but I always met them by either being neighbors, school friends etc.

**Gay Bike Friends are more than welcome to join.