A new camera – the conclusion

A few months ago I posted about my ponderings over getting a new camera. At the time it was down to a choice between the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, and the Olympus E-M5, with me leaning towards the latter.

Fast forward a couple of months and I’ve made my decision, and I’ve bought neither of them, instead opting for a pre-enjoyed Fujifilm X100. It was a fairly spur of the moment decision, I’d got a bit of money spare, looked at the prices for the X100 which had fallen a lot since I last looked, decided to check the second hand stock in a local shop online and found they had one in stock at a decent price, especially when you consider that it came with the rather pricey lens hood, a UV filter, and two spare batteries.

I’ll post some photos once I’ve used it in anger.

The search for a new winter/British summer road bike

Having resurrected the Ribble Audax a few weeks ago and preferring it to the more weighty Singular Peregrine, it’s time to start looking for a replacement frame. There’s not a lot of choice out there, so this will act as an aide memoire while I continue my search.

I need a frame, or even a sub £1000 complete bike I can get on Cyclescheme, which will comfortably take 25mm tyres with full guards, and with an ETT of around 59cm. If it’s a full bike it needs to be at least 10spd Tiagra/Veloce, and have wheels with a sensible number of spokes.

Possible Options (in no particular order)

Ribble Audax (frame)

Only £95, but now claims to have clearance for 23mm tyres only.

Surly Pacer (frame)

£350ish, looks to meet all my requirements, possibly a bit heavy?

Genesis Equilibrium (frame or full bike)

Too short, if only they made a 62cm version.

Trek 2.1 (full bike)

Apparently clearance for guards is a bit on the small size, and maybe theoretical only. The same may also apply to the 1.5.

Kinesis Racelight T2 (full bike)

Only 172.5mm cranks and 42cm bars on the full build.

Kinesis Racelight TK2 or T2 (frame)

Seems to meet my needs, £500ish for the TK2 and fork, £400 for the T2 and fork.

Kona Honky Tonk (full bike)

Officially only available as a full bike, and it’s only 9spd Sora.

Tifosi CK7 (full bike)

Only 58cm ETT on the largest size.

Singular Osprey (frame)

It would match several of the other bikes, but it’s 1″ headset only, I’d much prefer 1.125″ to help stiffen up the front end.

What have I missed?

Brass Monkey – Chippenham Folk Festival

I only spotted this gig a week or so back, and did wonder if we’d be able to get tickets or not, but we had no problems. We headed over to Chippenham early to make sure we could find somewhere to park expecting it to be busy, and again had no problems, all was looking good. The hardest part of the evening was finding somewhere to get a pint before the doors of the tent opened.

Brass Monkey were performing as a six-piece line-up tonight, and did two sets of about 45 minutes each plus a single encore, with a mix of instrumentals and vocal songs interspersed with the usual banter and delays while Martin Carthy retuned his mandolin yet again. A superb evening’s entertainment was enjoyed by all.