A randonneuring bike is quite different to a racing bike. It's designed for long days in the saddle, possibly over rough terrain, in the dark and in all weathers; so it must perform well in many different circumstances. One of the primary characteristics of a comfortable bike like this is that it must steer well … Continue reading Journey by Bike: Framebuilding 2 (Trail)
I was sitting at my computer trying to figure out what type of bike to make. As is the normal way of doing ‘research’ these days I was searching the internet for terms like ‘framebuilding’, ‘bicycle construction’, ‘how to make a bike’ . . . At that time I, along with most people, thought there … Continue reading Journey by Bike: Framebuilding 1 (Genesis)
Stephen, Eddy and I were migrants, borne from a mix of races thrown into the melting pot of South Wales. Our grandparents had, for the most part, been escaping agricultural poverty. The mines and steelworks provided secure, albeit dangerous, employment; and organised labour gave birth to a political movement which changed the social fabric of … Continue reading Journey by Bike: Geometry Lessons
The trip to Porthcawl was punctuated by stops. Chief amongst them was a chip-shop in Talbot Green . . .
"Porthcawl . . . let's go to Porthcawl." Stephen was the only one of us with a 'proper' bike . . .