My bike


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!


Surly Long Haul Trucker 50″


Bottle cages


Click-stand РAfter 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.

3 thoughts on “My bike”

  1. Hi Blanca, I have the same question as above. What handlebars are you using? I like the looks of it and am very interested in your thoughts about it on your Surly. The down type that is standard on the LRT has put me off so would love your opinion. My LBS has recommended the Surly Troll to get upright bars but am still on the fence.

    1. Hi there
      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. Internet connection has been poor in Kyrgyztan. Now in China it is better.

      After 13,000 km I love my handlebars. They allow me lots of different positions when riding. I find then specially useful when going uphill. I tried several and in the end I went for these ones. Mine are Ergotec L6061 T6.

      Maybe your bike shop will let you try several until you find the ones you like. Mine did but then I just got the frame and customized all the components.

      Sorry again it’s taken ages to get back

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