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2014 Tour – Day1 Oban to Lochboisdale

We arrived in Oban in good time, despite various delays en route. We left the car as pre-arranged with a garage, reassembled the tandem and loaded it with the panniers and the rest of the luggage. And then we set… Continue reading →

Summer Tour, 2014

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… Continue reading →

2013 – My year in cycling

2013 was a bit of  a mixed bag for me cycling-wise. In terms of results, my racing was decidedly sub-par. We didn’t have our usual cycle tour in Scotland. But I did at least hang in there and not give… Continue reading →

New tandem, 100 days in

Thorn Cycles have a 100 day return policy (with some obvious conditions). Those 100 days are pretty much expired. Will we send the new tandem back? Absolutely not. See the multi-part review for the explanation (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part… Continue reading →

New tandem, part 4

One of the main reasons for buying a new tandem was an improvement in transportation. Not, I add, in transporting us and our luggage but in transporting the tandem by car. In the UK it’s pretty much impossible to travel… Continue reading →

New tandem, part 3

This was forecast to be one of the, if not the, hottest days of the year. It was also our first long ride on the new tandem – a 63 mile trip involving some steep gradients, notably the 10% climb… Continue reading →

New tandem, part 2

Astonishingly, two weeks after I placed the order for the new tandem, I received an email notifying me that it had been built and was ready for dispatch. I say ‘astonishingly’ because I’d been led to believe it would take… Continue reading →

New tandem

We have had our Dawes Super Galaxy tandem for around 20 years, and it was second hand then. Of course in the intervening time, most of the components have had to be replaced due to wear or occasionally upgrades (see… Continue reading →

My month in cycling – November

Amazingly, the after-effects* of September’s crash has lasted through most of this month (despite managing the Duo Normand about three weeks after the crash). This, together with a brief bout of illness and a trip to Scotland has continued the… Continue reading →

Beware of the elephants

This amended road sign in Scotland has always amused me.

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