It’s been a busy one…

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The last couple of weeks seem to have been really hectic ones, in the run-up to our season in India. We’ve been working away to get all our work done before we head out to Delhi on the 17th July. Cara’s been putting together two women’s ‘supplements’ for Cycling Plus, which has meant almost as many hours in front of a computer screen as test miles on fancy ti and carbon dream machines, like the Titus Estrella (lucky her!).

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But, we now have almost two weeks in Scotland to look forward to. First we’re off to the Shetlands (part 1) to road ride in the most northerly point of the UK, on the longest day of the year. Then we’re heading over to the Outer Hebrides on an mtb adventure (part 2).

Inevitably, this has meant much mulling over of which machines to take with us. I was hoping to kill two birds with one stone (as it were) by getting my hands on one of Singular’s lovely Peregrines to test out, but the proto is not quite ready yet. So it looks like it will a stripped down version of the Surly LHT for the Part 1, and the Inbred 29er, set up with rigid forks and Vs, for Part 2. Cara’s on her Surly Crosscheck, built up with women-friendly parts (saddle, shorter cranks, shims in the brakes levers, ladies handlebars). Apart from being a really versatile frame (rack mounts, big clearances and sliding dropouts), it’s available in a wide range of sizes (42cm to 62cm). Then she’ll swap drops for the flats of her Cotic hardtail. It’s going to be a great chance for a pre-India shake down tour, to test out some new kit we’re taking away this summer.

What’s more, I’ve just invested in a brand new Nikon D200 on the advice of camera ace Seb Rogers. I got the 18-200 f3.5-5.6 VR DX lense to go with it, as I’m hoping it will provide a one-lense-does-all for our travels. So far, I’m delighted with the results, so the Canon kit is now being sold off…

Enjoy the weekend (-:

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2 Responses to “It’s been a busy one…”


  1. 1 Lars Fribo June 16, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Hi.
    First of all it is interesting to read your blog and what you are writing in cycling +

    We dont have much of cycling in your way here in Denmark so ………
    I was thinking of, if there sometime in the future will be any tours somewhere in UK or Europe??.

    Trying to do my best in English writing

    Keep on the good work

    Regards
    Lars

  2. 2 otbiking July 4, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for your comments Lars.

    I would have thought there’s some pretty amazing wilderness riding in Scandinavia. We’re just back from a great offroad tour on the island of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – the perfect reminder that there’s wonderful touring closer to home too.


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