In a world increasingly preoccupied with throwaway materialistic things; where people are constantly busy earning money to pay for those things, or so their children can have those things;
This is the story of my dreams of travelling the world by bicycle. Because it's there. And because I dont want to die without experiencing the truly important things in life .

A sense of wonder and a sense of adventure.


18 November 2011

After my last long ride in the pouring rain. Two days of torrential pouring rain! I began to realise that the reconditioning work on my Mercian would have to start early or I wouldn't get my girl through the lead up to the event in Feb next year.

Record Rear Changer. To Light for the Global Bike Race.

Normal running day to day with my 6speed wheels on was still ok but when I put my 10 speed wheels and chain on for the 2 days of touring not only did my bike decide to constantly change gear on the rear cluster without the ok from me. But would do so generally when I was out of the saddle climbing. Happily M.U. M usually selected us one gear lower which was kind of nice. One other little problem being that Mercian refused to shift into the big chain ring at the front due to the 10speed chain being narrower than the 6 speed chain that I normally use.

The cure for both these problems was to put on a new rear derailleur and bottom bracket bearing.

Budget Shimano Bearing should do the Job.

I had stock piled a few bearing units and a rear changer but because I figured I could do the job with a perfectly good Shimano bearing unit and a couple of near new derailleur wheels that's what I did.

August 2012

Where it all happens. Where Niel's wheel is maintained. The man cave of the operation.

If your Brooks saddle is stretched like your grandmothers cheeks, it's time for a face lift, so to speak.

The time had come when I had to whisk my M.U. M (Mercian Urban Machine) down to the workshop, get the spanner out and tighten the old girl up. A couple of turns and she was as good as new. I didn't want to over do it because there's only so much stretching that can be performed before you have to throw that one away and get another.

Brooks Adjuster Spanner  Takes the Wrinkles Out.
Those of you who don't know what I'm talking about probably unwittingly got hold of a Chinese saddle. Next time you're out looking for a new saddle ask for a real one.You can tell how many saddle lifts a Brooks has had by checking underneath for the position of the adjuster screw.

I'm told a wrinkly neck under a smooth face is a sure indication that someone has performed this operation of their own face.