It is time for me to start the process of rebuilding my fitness in preparation for the riding coming up this year. I have to start working very hard on getting my legs ready for climbing mountains in Taiwan. This will be hard as where I live now is totally flat! I suspect I will need to ride around Geelong after work each day. At least there are some hills to train on. Lots of hard work coming on the Brompton….
A while back I completed the custom Brompton bike box. It is a composite box made up of:
The final weight is <8kg. I needed to build this box as no other box on the market would do the trick. The custom Brompton is slightly wider than a normal Brompton and I need to protect the disc brake rotors as well.
I will be using this box when I travel on the plane with the bike. The first major test will be in 2018.
It has been some time since I last posted here. A few things have taken place:
Overall, I have been enjoying simple rides on the bike and making the most of the warmer weather that has finally arrived in Victoria. I am also spending more time playing the trumpet again (my other hobby).
I've had a busy night adjusting the Di2 tuning using a Shimano Di2 PCE1 PC Interface Device. This device was so easy to use and it updated the firmware and derailleur adjustment settings with ease. Very happy!
I've also been talking with the bike case maker and we are close to a great case! It will be very strong and should last many years. The case with have a total liner measurement of 164cm. Slightly bigger than some airlines allow but quite manageable.
I'm still loving the new bike and I have been riding as much as I can. Pity it has been raining and very windy here in Melbourne.
I have been looking for a better way to take the bike on the plane. Still I have not found the best answer.....I will keep looking. I have asked CaseMan (@candccases) here in Melbourne for a quote for a special custom case. I am looking forward to seeing what they can do.
I sold my old Brompton last Wednesday. I will miss it as it travelled a lot with me. However, the new custom Brompton is a big improvement and I'm certainly not looking back!!
The custom Brompton is fantastic! I am very pleased and enjoying it immensely. The ride is smooth and much better with the improved gear selection. I am now riding more efficiently in all conditions. The disc brakes are a vast improvement over the Brompton standard brakes.
I do however have a couple of minor issues to deal with:
More to come....
The new bike is to be posted very soon! I am excited and looking forward to the first ride.
Not much to report about my riding lately. I have been doing standard rides around the local area just maintaining my fitness level. I need to start getting the fitness level up to a higher standard. Once the new bike arrives, I have no excuses left to not get a bit more active on the bike again.
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I am a keen bike rider who lives in Melbourne, Australia. I have owned the usual variety of bikes over the years - road, MTB, electric and folder. Read More...