Touring Test 1 – Road to Windsor

Before heading back to 'Pore, Orlando thought he’d teach me a thing or two about the world of cycling. Perfect opportunity to take the touring bike for it’s first spin, in the blistering UK sun 40 odd miles to Windsor and back. Despite a few loose bolts and the occasional jammed chain when trying to shift ...

Chocks away

The first set of staged components have made their way to Singapore under the beloved care of Frau und Herr Woods, who are kindly providing an essential pit stop point on their little island. Dotting components around the globe (spare cassettes, chains, spokes etc) is our way of avoiding having to carry lumps of metal needlessly ...

Back on the Needle

With shingles done and dusted it’s back to dosing up on seemlingly hundreds of pre-trip vaccinations. Nothing seems to sting more than a Hep B jab, and nothing seems strangely cuter than tick bourne encephalitis vaccine. It even comes with a little picture. I call him Ticky.

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.

Travelling Agents

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