Having missed out on our cycling trip in 2013 due to pressure of work, the same pressures have led to us making our cycling trip in Scotland somewhat earlier than usual this year. It will also be our first tour on our newest tandem, the Thorn Raven Discovery.

We’ve been riding the tandem for about 10 months on commutes, day rides and on a trip to France (but not a tour). In that time, we’ve made a few modifications:

  • Replaced the stoker’s flat bars for an old pair of Thorn stoker bars (stoker just couldn’t get on with flat bars).
  • Replaced the rear seat pin with one of the Thudbusters (should have specified this when I ordered the tandem).
  • Replaced the tyre for the tour. We’ve had a couple of sidewall problems on the rear, and ended up fitting a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Dureme tandem tyres (in turn, this needed adjustments to the mudguard clearance.

I have to confess to still being concerned about touring with 32 spoke wheels, but time will tell. In 10 months, they’ve not needed any attention, so do seem quite robust! And Thorn are adamant it’ll be fine. The Rohloff hub has behaved pretty much impeccably, an occasional mis-shift aside.