An ivory paint job gives the skip-salvaged frame an understated finish-offset by octane blue saddle and bar tape
Campag Centaur is sound entry-level componentry that offers up enough gearing for long-distance touring
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Video editor Ed Westrop tells us all about his JogLe attempt Tarmac, ‘Blanche’
Contrary to the running theme of this series, my ‘long-termer has only been with me in the short term. I rescued the frame from a skip last year, a fate which seemed rather strange given that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, or any of the components which it hosted.
Being relatively new to cycling and not yet owning a bike of my own I set out to renovate this abandoned and unloved Specialized Tarmac, which I’ve christened ‘Blanche’, into a long-termer fit for my JogLe attempt later this year.
The frame is a 2007 Specialized Tarmac Expert. Admittedly when I first got hold of it I whacked some cheap wheels on and thought I’d just keep it as a pub bike. My perception of the bike changed after a few rides though, it had a really snappy quality about it and geometry which suited me – albeit the size 56 frame a little longer until I fitted a 70mm stem. I always like to have a few pet projects on the go and therefore decided not to waste the Tarmac as a purely utilitarian vehicle but revitalize it into my forever bike.
I wasn’t overly in love with the original paint job, however, I thought the shape of the frame was pretty striking with great potential to be a real looker with the correct treatment. After exhausting many elaborate paint schemes, I settled on plain ivory. Unimaginative I know, but I embraced the simplicity due to the complex shape of the frame which doesn’t require a snazzy paint job to exist as an object of beauty.
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