With my [un]extensive training schedule complete, I’ve turned my attention to the bike itself this week.
In addition to adjusting the brakes, lubricating the chain, fitting the mudguards and readjusting the panniers, I’m hoping a few well targeted improvements will make for a smoother journey.
First item on the list was a new back wheel.
I really struggled with broken spokes cycling the rhine last year, so if I only made one improvement this had to be it. I’ve also replaced the pedals and chain (which were showing signs of wear), added a top bar bag and an additional cage and water bottle.
I still won’t be carrying a conventional map, however I will be taking an iPhone 5 on a stem mount that will enable me to use its mapping capabilities whilst on the move.
The iPhone also provides a blogging solution, for which I’ll be using WordPress for iOS.
I finished fixing things to the bike on Tuesday evening, so it only remained for me to call into my local bike shop to pick up an extra inner tube.
I ended up bringing home a new saddle, a bike computer and some very soothing sounding menthol chamois cream.
With the final amendments to the bike made, I will be setting off for the Scottish Highlands in exactly 9 hours.
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