I sometimes wonder what happens to RCUK test bikes once they’re dismantled, boxed up and sent back to whence they came from.
So a message from RCUK member Scarlett Parker raised an eyebrow. You see, he now owns a test bike that I was fortunate enough to test last year. The bike in question is a Burls fixed with a custom titanium frame built by Justin Burls.
Here’s what Scarlett had to say: “I thought I’d let you know that it’s been put to good use, and is the only bike I’ve ever owned that I fall in love with every time I ride it.
“It’s had a couple of competitive outings, a 3rd place in last year’s Wigmore HC behind Tadros and Pnut, but for the most part has been my Tuesday Night Ride Club (TNRC) bike – a March-October fortnightly outing involving an ever-expanding group of riders from LFGSS.
“I did the bulk of organising this year, but was still free enough to put the hammer down during the last 10 to 15 miles of some rides, pushing the envelope of what a 45×17 can do. Been up Whitedown three times (and down it a few more), and dropped a few 3rd cats on geared bikes too.
“Next year it’s going to be my TT bike, complete with ‘shorty’ aerobars. Not much of a TT bike to look at, but the comfort – particularly the way it soaks up big hits at speed – is going to be worth as much time as a few fancy sculpted tubes, as far as I’m concerned.”
You can refresh your memories with my earlier review of the Burls.