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.
Due to a bit of forced time away from the bike, I am going to have to endure a few weeks of no riding. Hopefully during that period I will be able to order my new custom Brompton bike from Kinetics.
If I get the bike ordered, I will have a few weeks after I recover to get fit enough again to enjoy the new bike when it arrives in three or so months.
In the meantime, I will walk as much as I can and enjoy seeing the local areas from my feet for a change.
A quite time in terms of bike riding over the past couple of weeks. I have been doing the routine riding sessions with the aim of slowly building up some good quality endurance riding fitness. I am getting ready for the rides to work from Melbourne. I will be riding for about three hours each day when I ride.
All the routine riding hasn't left me much time for fun and zippy rides on the Brompton. I will address this imbalance in my riding soon once I have the fitness level I need in place. Slowly slowly.......
Well, another fun trip to Japan. 21 days of relaxing and enjoying the Japanese food, sites and sounds. The Brompton did not get too much of a work out whilst there. The weather and an attack of gastro did not help me find the time/energy to ride the bike. Still the few rides I did have were very enjoyable as normal (albeit cold!). I havn't many pictures I can share which is a pity, but a coulpe you may enjoy are:
We had some bad luck in a few cases with places being closed at unexpected times. The bad luck has given me another excuse to go back again in a different season. Maybe autum next time as it is very beautiful at that time. Still many places I'd like to go even after 20+ years of visiting Japan.
Now that I am back, I am going to rebuild my fitness and get riding again. In 2018 I am hoping to ride in Laos and Tawain. Too early now to get fit for that but it is still good motivation to keep on pushing the pedals.
The new bike is going well and is living up to my expectations. I am able to maintain the speeds I wanted and so far the only issue is the mud guards making noise over the bumps. I have a big smile on my face when going places.
I am slowly building up the fitness and getting ready to start the trips down to the work place. To maintain the 40kph speed I want to do for the majority of the trip I do need to work hard. The head winds on the freeway are tough going! When the wind is pushing me, it is awesome!
Locking the bike up at the shops is still a bit of a concern for me. I use two of the great locks I have but I am always a bit worried about vandelism of the bike.
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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...