Road Bike Conversion Q & A

Road Bike Conversion Q & A

This week we sit down with Aaron Godfrey (the_last_aaron_godfrey) who has recently upgraded one of our older year Osprey models to bring it in line with 2019 and ready to ride. We chat with Aaron to find out more about him and how easy it is for you to convert an old bike and give it a new lease of life.

So, Aaron, how have you been keeping? 

The sun is shining so really well Kyle, thanks for asking! 

How did you come across Reid and the Osprey? 

A classic tale as old as bikes themselves. My bike got knicked when I was at work. Local legends Mike Stone and Troy Kniveton pointed me in the direction of an Osprey in brand new condition down the road. I then started looking at reviews online and just digged the shape and design.

What have you changed with it? 

Before I start there’s nothing wrong with the stock components of the older Osprey. I’m just really superstitious about things like tyre choice, handlebar tape and black cats. I guess I’m a bit brand loyal. The wheels and tyres went first, replaced with Mavic CXP 22s and Conti gator skins, relatively inexpensive and with the roads around here there’s no point having anything super fancy under you. Next, the seat post and saddle, I prefer an MTB style,  because, potholes. Fi`zi:k Nisene, with a longer seat post cannibalised from an old Carrera. Standardised fittings on the Osprey make this very easy. Halo ‘burglar bolts’ skewers because of scumbags Shimano SPD pedals in white, of course, these are actually amazing, you can ride them with flip flops, walking boots, barefoot or even Road shoes believe it or not! Inexpensive ebay Carbon forks with a carbon bung because sexy.

What have you kept? 

I’m a big fan of full drops but I’ve been converted to the half drops on the Reid. The Shimano Claris group is an all-time favourite bit of kit for me, easy to tune on the go, they always feel awesome as you punch your way into the highest gear in a group sprint. Positioning wise the groupe and bars fit all styles, Belgium on the hood or tucked with dirty bar tape. The Frame. I love the frame.

How does it ride? 

It’s truly perfect for my riding style and body shape. The shorter top tube is perfect for my shorter torso. The stowed cables are hidden from my knees and thighs. Yet it’s still there where I need it for my Mr tickle arms and squiddy diddly shins. In an accent its forgiving if your spinning or climbing. In descent, it turns into an F14. You can break away into a sprint with it, dodge traffic, bunny hop potholes. It’s a workhorse, a very sexy workhorse.

Where have you been with it? 

The usual stomping grounds, The New ForestThe Purbecks, Work…The Pub. 

Do you have any future adventure plans? 

Normandy And Grid Iron.

What advice would you give to someone looking to upgrade their bike?  

Speak to your local bike mechanic, support local.

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