Today I Cycled with a Fish in My Pocket

One of those smoked ones, with a thousand bones in that are begging to choke you. But fish aside, I’m finally back on the bike. And about time too. Beautiful blue skies, it’s high time I started training… And now I just need to actually get around to building the bike. But first to unblock the sewer by ...

No Smiling Please, We’re British

I’m now the proud owner of a British Passport, complete with a “jumbo” number of pages and a picture of pure misery and stoicism. It’s good to have gone native.

Fun with Frames

Our Thorn Sherpa framesets have finally arrived, which means we can finally make a start on some serious bike building. Ok, so we’ve still not got wheels or handlebars, but hey, those are luxury items. Just look how happy Stu is(!) [Slideshow to follow]

Money…

…Was probably something we should have looked more closely at a long time ago… Since it now turns out that we basically have none. Some serious re-budgeting is in order, if we’re still hoping to make this work.

Pain in the arm…

There’s nothing like the sting of immunisations, in the arm and in the wallet, to bring home the reality of the trip. £170 for a rabies shot? Screw that:-  has anyone got a wild salivating dog I can borrow for half an hour?!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

So at least there’s one good use of the cold snap – a successful test of our gear in cold weather. -5°c and thick snow meant iced up water bottles, and a pillow which freakishly froze into a contorted mess, but otherwise no major loss of toes.

Ice Ice Baby

Cycling’s been put on hold for a while now…. the weather’s getting kind of tedious now, and the ice finally defeated me. Called it a day for now after hitting the ground… again. But at least I can once again vouch for my jacket again - arm bleeding and haggard (it's gonna scar, I can tell...) ...

Travelling Agents

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