Posts by: Paul

Cakes, Cramp and Church….

Cakes, Cramp and Church….

With just two weeks before Terry and I head off to start the TransAmerica, the training isn’t going too well. We both had plans to rack up the miles on our new bikes, but with so much preparation still to do, kit to order and family and friends to see before we depart,  the bikes…

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A load off my mind (and on the bike)!

A load off my mind (and on the bike)!

It’s a strange phenomenon that riding a bike laden with panniers seems to earn you more respect on the road than even the most expensive carbon fibre machine. I’ve noticed it before, cars give you more space, pedestrians smile at you and small children look on in wonder. I guess people assume you are some…

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First ride – start of a beautiful relationship?

First ride – start of a beautiful relationship?

It felt like going on a blind date without a safety net.  I’d never met my companion before and apart from what I’d read, had no first hand experience of their personality. Yet I’d already agreed to nearly three months intimately connected with  virtually every hour spent  in each others’  company.  The strength of the…

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TransAmerica Bike on Order!

TransAmerica Bike on Order!

Well, it’s done. The Bike is spec’d up and ready to go and currently being built at Richardsons cycle shop in Leigh on Sea, Essex. It’s a Surly Long Haul Trucker in Smog silver with a 56 inch frame and 700c wheels. Choosing a touring bike that is going to be your travelling companion for…

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Just give me a Shimano Labrador.

Just give me a Shimano Labrador.

Why are bike specifications so confusing and complex? I’m standing in Richardsons Cycles in Leigh on Sea in Essex attempting to spec up my new Surly Long Haul Trucker and my mind is starting to drift. XL, XT, Sora, Deore, Ultegra, Tiagra – the list goes on. Surely there must be an easier way of…

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