Trying not to go too much into detail but the Addict SL frameset that I rode throughout Europe for several years turned up stateside with a crack in the seat tube, originating from the front derailleur tab.
It sat in my basement, stuffed up in the rafters, for several months. I would often go down there and we both looked at each other… both of us in sorry states of our former selves.
Around the time that I was getting serious about fixing myself, I decided the Addict should also get back to enjoying life. So I sent it off to Calfee… one of the best carbon repair artisans in the business.
Cyclists, and even more-so, the cycling industry, is very small in the grand scheme of things and these days outsourcing looks very good on paper. But there is just something about a Northern Frenchman handing you an installed 25mm tubular, or a clothing company on the Mediterranean that makes kit for the hot summer months, or a local bike shop giving mountain bike tire advice which is home to the nastiest single-track you’ve never been able to ride. Let’s face it. Our sport is 100% temps libre or in other words, just regular people trying to enjoy their free time as much as possible.
I’m always happy when people are even more into details than I am. As you can see from the repair, the Addict is fully ready to ride again, and one would argue that it’s even more refined than before – with the removal of the flashy ‘Addict’ seat tube logo and the derailleur tab is now fully painted and clear-coated (the derailleur tab is nude carbon stock from the manufacturer).
I tried to take into account all the very positive experiences with new products over the years, as well as look for areas where my current configuration could be improved. SRAM Red had a new iteration of shifters, derailleurs, and cassettes… my KCNC brakes have descended me down hundreds-of-thousands of meters, but I was sure a better brake existed. Sources for lightening my pedals have been dried up over the years so I was now back to stock. I discovered the 3T Ergonova bar several years back which is good for my strange proportions… but it’s not the prettiest bar in the bunch.
It seems strange but actually my home-made bow-ties have much better engagement feel than the stock bow-ties. Quite happy with this.