Today is day five of the trip to central Australia. So far the places stopped at overnight have been: Adelaide, Woomera, Coober Pedy, Erldunda & Alice Springs. A total of approximately 2500 kilometres. I ahve had a few chances to get on the bike but so fay nothing too long. I've added a random selection of photos below:
Tomorrow I am hoping to ride the Brompton around Uluru! This will be a lot of fun. The weather is looking to be perfect for this.
I will be heading off on an adventure to the centre of Australia shortly - Melbourne to Alice Springs. The Brompton will of course be coming along for the trip and hopefully I'll get some great rides in the outback. Due to the recent time off the bike, I will not be riding too much as the body is still not 100% back to normal. Still, I will make the most of the chances to at least do lots of shorter rides.
I am thinking I should have put some BMX style tyres on the bike but I've run out of time. I wonder how it would work? The only problem would be the standard Brompton brake calipers being too narrow. Once the new bike arrives in July, I will look further into this idea as I will have disc brakes which will not restrict the use of wider tyres. A Brompton with off road tyres....awesome!
Finally I've had a ride on the Brompton after four and a bit weeks off. It felt very good to be riding again - even if I have lost a lot of fitness. I am surprised to be back on the bike so soon. I was expecting a longer break but I seem to have recovered faster than expected - no complaints from me!
The new Ti Parts pedals worked a treat on the ride. I am very pleased. I've heard that the new custom bike will arrive in July at some stage. That is good news indeed.
The new pedals from Ti Parts Workshop have arrived and I am very happy. The quality is fantastic! I am looking forward to giving them a test ride soon......if only I could ride now - still waiting for the OK to start riding again.
During my time away from the bike, I've made the most of it to order a set of Double X Pedals from Ti Parts Workshop. An expensive luxury but a weight saver plus a more comfortable platform. The custom bike will be a bit heavier than a normal Bromptom so every bit of weight saved is a good thing when carrying it around stations etc.
As I ride with a left foot position that is a little odd due to an accident 29 years back, having a nice comfortable and reliable platform for my left foot is essential. The Brompton pedals do OK but I'm hoping for a bit better grip and comfort from these new titanium pedals.
I have ordered the custom Brompton bike from Kinetics!
It will feature:
It will be between 2-3 months before the new bike arrives. I am of course looking forward to that day immensely.
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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...