Journal Entry #6: Camille’s new frameset and the history of the speediest shipping ever.
Remember, a few weeks ago I told y’all about my ultimate dream bike, a custom made Moth Attack frameset. I also explained that as a person that is not made out of gold (getting your Bachelor in Fine Arts will do that to you), it’s not a frame I’m likely going to be able to afford anytime soon. However, girl here still needs a track frame for next summer, and more urgently needed a good frame adapted to winter cycling in Montreal.
I ended up (and Eric as well) spending quite a while looking at ads for a second hand frames, but nothing really caught my eye or met my needs. I decided to broaden my search to include road bikes, but most of the stuff that I like (vintage Italian frames) was either not my size, too beaten up, or extremely out of my budget for a winter beater. Also, I think fixed gear are just way more efficient for winter; no brakes or derailleurs getting clogged with snow and ice.
Then, as I was cleaning my bathroom (exciting, I know), I had a genius idea. Why not a On-One Pompino? It’s perfect for winter. It’s super sturdy, has horizontal dropouts, and is very polyvalent. Oh, and best part, affordable. I got super pumped about the idea, went to text Eric about it just to see he just texted me : “We should get you an On-One”. #Mindconnect at all times.
So, that Sunday night, as soon as Eric got back from work, we ordered the One-One Pompino V4 frameset from Planet X and since the shipping from the UK to Canada is a flat 60£, we decided to make it worth our while and order a bunch of other things (suited for mountain biking and cyclo-cross as well). I got lucky ’cause I was able to get my hands on a One-One 100% merino wool jersey and an angora and micro-fleece jacket, both marked down 60%. Pretty sweet. We also got some very nice head tube badges and a few caps.
For those who don’t know about Planet X, it’s a cycling company and bike shop founded in Sheffield, England, 25 years ago by cyclists. Planet X now has two more store locations in England, but most importantly, has a great online store. They design Planet X, On-One, and Titus products. They also cary items from other brands and they offer a selection of vintage frames and components. One of their motto is “No Nonsense Prices”, which we can all get behind.
The following Tuesday evening, someone rings our doorbell, and guess what? Our order had arrived from the UK, less than 48 hours after we ordered! For those who wondered about the custom tax, it was $50 for about $400, of which close to a hundred dollars was for the shipping.
All in all, I am super stoked with my purchases and my experience with Planet X/On-One. I cannot wait to put the rest of the bike together and head out for a ride!
This is my I’m-very-fucking-happy face. This is also how I look when I’m dressed ‘like a girl’.