The over-enthusiastic cyclist

If it involves pedalling then I'm probably into it…

Dolan Pre Cursa

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tight jean wearing knobhead on a ‘fixie’ with ridiculous handlebars and no brakes but I do love riding fixed gear. *

The Dolan is my second fixed gear bike, born from the ashes of my old Langster. For a £200 frame and fork, it’s flipping awesome! Mavic Open Pro’s (like all my other road wheels…) and SRAM brakes and it’s a fast commuter and cracking winter trainer for bombing round the Cheshire lanes at night.

The only trouble is that there’s no rear brake drilling. Not a massive problem as I never really used the rear brake riding fixed, but as I ride on the hoods a lot, I’ve put the rear brake lever on and a section of out cable under the bar tape, just so it feels the same. I’ve taped up the lever to stop it flapping around. Bottle cages are the other little problem, but Decathlon came to the rescue for a fiver and some old bar tape keeps it from slipping.

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*Obviously it’s good to see more people on bikes, but I’d much rather they had brakes and had at least heard of the highway code. Let the abuse begin…

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5 responses to “Dolan Pre Cursa

  1. Bomber July 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Just going though a mid life crisis so treated my self to a pre curser after many years on a road & mountain bike. I have had to change rear gear to 48 x 18 as i found it difficult on some hills around plymouth and dartmoor but find i can now cope. Like the idea of bottle cage from decathlon i’ll give that a try. I find the bike light/responsive and an joy to ride much to the annoyance to my mate how are still struggling on some hill during weekly outings, I am now averaging 40/50 miles trips with no problems

  2. george greeno August 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    great little write-up. Ive just bought the same bike from Graham Weigh, just didn’t like the forks they fitted, preferring the straight track style.

  3. Bomber August 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Cycled Plymouth to Wadebridge this weekend (50miles) with a stop off mid way at Lewannic for a drink (no bottle cage yet) then on to Davidstow, Camelford, wadebridge head wind all the way Strava on 3:20hrs nice little run will try again soon bike performed really well great fun.
    I had great service from Graham Weigh i requested different forks as i wanted to fit front break and i also changed the handle bars which the guys did at no extra cost

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  5. Mark Smith September 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Great Bike – I too recently splurged on the frameset and “built up” from there – got a Mavic on the front and an (ailing) Singlespeed Components rear wheel with flipflop hub. Creaking and “pingy” spokes are telling me I need a more robust rear wheel…considering a Halo Aerotrack as have heard good things…
    Bike is light, stiff-as and a real joy to ride…will be my winter trainer of choice and perhaps might transition from singlespeed to fixed once I stop being such a chicken….
    Running 50 x 17 currently and enjoy the geometry…

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