I drew up the spec for the bike after reading other tourers’ blogs and what became my bible: Stephen Lord’s – Adventure Cycle Touring Handbook. I then visited Richard at Oxford Bike Works to explore further what the bike could look like. He was extremely generous with his time and I came away knowing what I wanted. After some thought, I decided to go to my local shop in Woolwich, Harry Perry Cycles, although I have no hesitation in recommending Richard.
Paul, at Harry Perry, has been building bikes for the last 40 years. He specialises in hand build wheels. I can’t be grateful enough for all the support he has given me. Weekly visits to the shop became part of my routine and he always had time and good advice for me. He even taught me bike maintenance from adjusting the breaks to changing spokes. Thanks a million Paul!!
The spec goes on over the next page – happy reading!
- BikeBuddy MK3 bottle cage
- 1 Decathlon – plastic because my 1lt Sigg bottle fits perfectly on it
- 1Giant bottle cage
Click-stand – After a lot of agonising about the kickstand to get, reading the Surly stand on them (scary!!), seeing photos of damaged chainstays and hours of looking on the web I settled for this click stand, it just looked like a brilliant gadget and extremely small and light.
I’ll review it’s performance when I’m on the road.