Bike Building in Tokyo

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Its not often I stay in hotels, and when I do its certainly not usually for more. than one night. But being in Tokyo for a couple of nights before setting off on the tour, I thought I'd do the conscientious thing and request the room to be left (rather than having my towels ...

Cairns!

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After a long, sleepless flight, we've landed in Cairns ready to take on Australia.... Once we've had a day or two's rest, that is! Jet lagged as I am, I very much doubt I'd be in any condition to put my bike together, let alone cycle anywhere! Flying with Jetstar was nice and painless- they ...

Santa Wears Cycling Shorts

Life on the road means the necessity for very few things. But should anyone insist on getting me anything, there are always a few things that could be useful.....: - 1x Pletscher Multi Zoom Rear Kickstand (As per here: http://www.bikester.co.uk/bicycle-equipment/bicycle-stands/kickstands/225257.html) - 1x Brushed Stainless 27oz Kleen Kanteen with Poly Sports Cap (as per here: http://www.littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk/Klean%20Kanteen%2027oz.php) - 1x Black Ortlieb 22L ...

1000m and climbing

As suddenly as we had found the warmth and hospitality of Gokay and his family, we were gone. Shooting out the door at 3 in the afternoon, it was a quick 45km to the nearby town of Seyitgazi where we pitched our tents for the night. Our sleeping arrangements seem more and more surreal; we're ...

Budapest and/or Bust

With the length of time we're staying in Budapest, we never expected to stay there that long. But the smooth, asphalt roads of Hungary have made a pleasant change from the hit and miss bike paths we've been following for so long now. Before long, we found ourselves on the outskirts of Budapest, suburban ...

Time Out in Kempten

There's something to be said for being back indoors, if only for the next couple of days, relaxing at my Grandmother's apartment. Enjoying the simple things in life, like spending the day drinking cup after cup of coffee and being mostly horizontal. Showers. Clean clothes. A lack of slugs in your shoes in the morning. ...

The Missing Link…

Broken Chain....

Last night came the mad dash into Stuttgart. As always, our timing and planning was impeccable, and we managed to ensure that we finished the day smack bang in the centre of one of Southern Germany's biggest cities. Not great, when you're trying to find a quiet patch of grass to pitch a tent, and ...

Turn On, Toe In and Cop Out

Another of our perhaps famous late starts again (granted, the campsite happened to be at the top of a mountain- excellent choice...) Woke up on time, packed up in time, and proceeded to have a long and leisurely breakfast, followed by many many hours of much needed early stage bike maintenance. After the first few ...

Pain in the Arse

Time to quit procrastinating and decide on the seat that I’ll be sat on for the next two years. Finding a saddle that’s perfect for touring, and more importantly perfect for your body is no simple task, and so the first step is measuing the size of my sit bones to make sure I go ...

Travelling Agents

Still trying components to test suitability… And still finding too many things not working. We’re never gonna get these bikes built…