Not a great deal to report but I have been able to do some very light riding over the past week and a bit. Very slowly my body is recovering from the damaged ribs making me a little frustrated. Still, tonight I finally did a ride that made me a bit tired. First time in some weeks!
The grand plan I had to do a couple of months of cycle touring has been given a very big test. I've had no luck of late - I've been in hospital again, in a nasty car accident and then I had a fall walking the dog! In all, I have had quite a bit of time off the bike and very little movement in any respect. Not good for my fitness!!
The van I did use for camping was destroyed in the accident. Thankfully I was not at fault and the insurance has been a big help. I am slowly (as my injuries allow), getting the new van ready. It is slow going and very frustrating when you can't move fully.
The one good thing is that my bike was not in the van when the accident occurred. It is ready to go when I can start riding again.
The Tannus tyres have however improved after quite a bit of usage. I do find them slower to ride on than standard tyres - but the no flats and less to carry benefits outweigh the speed losses. I'm not in that much of a rush....usually....
Well, the Tannus tyres are on the bike but a few issues as they were put on. A spoke broke just on the first test ride, the front quick release as died and the first proper ride with the tyres was interesting to say the least.
The spoke is an issue as it is a custom length and thus, I need to manufacture my own. I have bought a spoke threading machine and some template blank 14g stainless steel spokes are on the way. I have temporarily put the broken spoke in place until all the correct parts arrive. I suspect it will not last long enough as it is a very dodgy fix.
The front quick release is still on the bike but if I was to take it off again, I suspect it will never go back on. The thread is stuffed. I will order a new one soon.
The first ride was....well....terrible with the new tyres. I hope that the tyres do improve as they say they will. I lost a lot of speed and it was like riding through treacle.
The rides are getting longer and the days are getting shorter as winter approaches. There is still a few months before I am off to Japan & Taiwan but I am keen to get the my base level fitness up to a much higher level.
I have another set of Tannus tyres to attempt to fit to my bike and hopefully this time I shall be worry free going forward. I'll update my thoughts on them as I break them in and get used to using them.
Well, I have started the preparations for the Taiwan bike ride.....except, I have to have a break of two weeks from the bike. Still, before the break started today, I managed to get a ride down the Bellarine Rail Trail:
When I am back riding again in two weeks, I will not be riding around my home area as much as before. I will start doing more rides again around Geelong where there are some hills to tackle. I will need to be ready for night time riding which is a bit of a pain.
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!!
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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...