As I’ve hinted in various places over the past few weeks, I’ve finally jumped ship from the Fuego and am awaiting the arrival of a MetaBike.
The decision to part with the Fuego wasn’t an easy one – it’s still a brilliant bike and for almost everyone I’d say is an ideal first recumbent. It’s quick, but with forgiving handling; sporty, but able to carry luggage; and tough as old boots when faced with the lunar-like road surfaces we seem to be stuck with in Scotland. However, mine needed a bit of TLC after a pretty hard winter, and when David at Laid Back Bikes offered me an exchange on a new MetaBike frame I couldn’t really refuse…
I spent a happy few weeks cherry-picking the best components from the various Tour de France-driven online sales and got the whole lot shipped over to Laid Back Bike’s whilst I ran away on holiday to Norway. The plan was for the frame to arrive as I was leaving, David to manage the build, then I’d pick up the completed item next weekend. That would leave me two weeks to run the bike in, prior to a slight baptism of fire on London-Edinburgh-London.
Irritatingly, MetaBike have been exceptionally sluggish in actually posting the frame from Spain, so this is all a little up-in-the-air. From a promised delivery date at the end of June, I learnt last night that the package is still sat on their factory floor, hopefully leaving today (July 9th). Something about a lack of suitable carbon seats, apparently.
We’ll wait and see what happens, but for now I’m a touch concerned!