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08. Mar, 2011

Pedalling about on our new bikes

Pedalling about on our new bikes

Bridgwater, Somerset – Reading – London

It’s hard to convey how excited we were on the train down to Bridgwater in spite of an early start. We were off to pick up our new Thorn Nomads from St John’s Cycles, having visited a few weeks earlier to get measured up and spec out what we wanted.

We’d been lucky to get sponsorship for our bikes, so were able to opt for machines beyond our wildest dreams including Rohloff hubs. They looked lovely with matt black frames, shiny hubs, chunky tyres and shiny new Brooks saddles. We couldn’t stop grinning as we test rode around the local park. (more…)

03. Dec, 2010

The origins of pedalling about

The origins of pedalling about

May 2008, Land’s End to John O’Groats, UK, 1,050 miles

In May 2011, I’ll be leaving work, renting out my home and catching a flight to Rio de Janeiro to cycle around every country in South America. How did it come to this?

My first taste of bicycle touring was in the summer of 2008, when I cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats in two weeks. The idea came from the need to find a physical challenge that didn’t destroy my knees as much as the London Marathon had done in the last few years.

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