A man can never have too many bikes
So I’ve got a couple of bikes already. There’s my beloved Colnago; a real racing machine that is a far better bike than I am a rider. The bike is based on machines that have been ridden to victory in the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy). Its light, sleek, quick and great fun – but not the bike for my adventure. My other bike was my first road bike and not up to the job. I’ll need to find a new home for this in due course – it will help fund my trip.
I’ve been researching Touring or Audax bikes for a while now. I’m going to carry all the kit I need on my bike. You may have read elsewhere that I’m not doing this in true touring style by taking a tent and camping along the way, but will instead use hotels and guest houses (I’ve still to do the research on where I intend to be and what is available). As a consequence I need a bike that will both carry my weight and the additional weight that comes from 2 panniers.
My trawls through the internet took me to Fred’s Cycles in Wolverhampton http://fwcycles.co.uk/ There I received fantastic help and guidance from Jon. He couldn’t have been more supportive and understanding and went out of his way to both describe and show me the wide variety of choices available. What I really valued about Jon’s help is that he didn’t go for the most expensive option but instead was happy to promote lower cost possibilities that probably weren’t in their financial interests. I got a sense of an old style of trading based on trust and a passion for cycling. Nothing was too much trouble. I’d have absolutely no hesitation recommending Fred Williams Cycles to anyone.
Having considered all the options I’ve gone for a custom build based on a Kinesis frame. The wheels are custom build, Mavic Open Pro rims, built around Shimano 105 hubs with 36 spokes for extra strength.
I’m expecting delivery around mid-May – pictures to follow!