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  • Posted by ade
  • 28 October 2010


Phil Carter who came to see us last week sent us a postcard of the painting he did of the estuary you pass on the train to Swansea.

It's the beautiful bit.

1mm to ride time

  • Posted by ade
  • 27 October 2010

I built the bike over the weekend, but the headset would not tighten.

I called Trek and got helped by Steven in tech services and over the phone with him with a Madone at his end at me with mine we dismantled the headset till we got down to 3 aluminium shims missing.

He dropped them in the post and they came today.

They're in.

The headset is tight.

Tomorrow we ride out...

do less

  • Posted by ade
  • 27 October 2010


Robin our warehouse manager has just sourced a smaller bag to dispatch out smaller items.

The new bags are 18cm shorter and weigh 54grams less than what used to be our small bag which is nearly half the weight.

They use less material to make them, less fuel to ship them to us and then onto you. They take less space in the delivery van and are less to recycle once you are done. But they are still double skin so they will easily get any returns back here safely.

Little change = big change.

we got sent this

  • Posted by ade
  • 22 October 2010

We got this water bottle in the post and inside was this amazing embroidered message from Hazel.

If her clothing design is as good as her ideas and blog, the girl will go far.

Check out her blog here.

simply beautifully functional

  • Posted by ade
  • 13 October 2010

bit by bit

  • Posted by ade
  • 13 October 2010

During those telephone calls that you have to listen more that you chat the bike has started to grow.

rim tape to wheels, tyres on, tubes in, wheels on, rear mech fitted, rear brake calliper on, stem to steerer, bars threaded through and brake/gear levers finger tight.

Ferreted around in the garage this morning for ahead spacers and top cap.

Just need a white saddle and a long front calliper bolt to move to riding it out.

Hail your rim tape

  • Posted by ade
  • 12 October 2010

Not many people would vote rim tape in the top 5 interesting things on your bike.

But there it sits stopping your tube bursting by covering those deep and sharp spoke holes.

When I worked in bike shops we had a massive roll of velox cotton tape that was super sticky and needed a keen eye to fit straight.

And it is made of  good old cotton and will last as long as the wheels.

Love those little memory lane things.

autumn running hazzards

  • Posted by ade
  • 12 October 2010

Natures ball bearings for unwary autumnal runners

first frost

  • Posted by ade
  • 12 October 2010


Just a small one.

The car window screen.

The hand rail on the bridge.

The places that were in the shade early in the day.

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