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22/05/2015

Swiss Army Bike


Despite it's tank-like good looks and almost-OD colourway, my do-most-things road/gravel/commuter/tourer bike is Swiss Army only in the sense that, like its iconic multi-too namesake, it can turn its hand to pretty much anything. Completely stock in these pics, I've just upgraded to some 105 bits after 9 months and over 4000km, as a little thank you for it being so lovely and reliable. Kinda heavy though, sorta feels like a tank sometimes too.

Dutch camo tool roll via Jordan at BigxTop, bidons via work.

05/05/2015

Bean Boots


Finally got my hands on - feet in - a pair of my holy grail shoes. I've been after a pair of LL Bean Duck Boots for ages. Unavailable in the UK, I picked up a pair on ebay about a year or so ago only to find that I'd wildly miscalculated the size I needed. Second time around though, I've got it right (pro tip, go for the same US size as you are in the UK). And it turns out that this pair were being sold by longtime, never-met Instagram pal Millieri. Weirder still, it turns out he lives in a town about 10 miles from where I grew up AND we went to the same college here in London. Turns out we have much more in common besides a penchant for steel framed road bikes and iconic, if slightly odd looking American hunting shoes. Thanks Millieri!

28/03/2015

pannier.cc


Launched amid a certain amount of fanfare a couple of weeks ago, pannier.cc is 'a resource and community for travelling cyclists to help plan, prepare for and share your touring adventures'. Well it sure is a fine looking website, and definitely worth checking out if you're in need of some vicarious adventure or cozy encouragement to plan your own trip. Big-league contributions come from Al '#microadventure' Humphreys and Jack 'The Cycle Show' Thurston.

08/03/2015

35mm [III]


I'm lucky when 50% of the exposures on my analogue film rolls actually get processed, mostly taking pictures on gloomy lanes. The guy at Snappy Snaps today very kindly said that some of these were atmospheric. All taken within the last 6 weeks or so, this roll covers trips to Fontainebleau, Munich & Somerset, as well as a solo Kent ride and yesterday's Essex pootle with the boys.

Taken on a FujiFilm disposable.

23/02/2015

Wet Weekend












Took a long weekend to the country, expertly arranged by Mrs PR (thanks Jules x). As you'd expect for a holiday in Britain in February we got a soaking on a couple of occasions, but there was lots to like: multi-modal bike-train-bike journeys, cottage down dirt track, log fire, country pubs, ale, killer landscape, stars, golden hour stroll, overwhelming quaintness and, of course, good company.

BTW we were in Wedmore/Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, & credit for the pic of me obvs goes to the missus.

11/02/2015

Down Trousers


Down trousers; like the jackets but for your legs. I'm predicting they're going to be bigggg. See Ficouture (pictured), Nanga White Label, PHDesigns & Snow Peak AW15.


03/02/2015

Bunyan Velo 5


Vicarious bicycle adventures don't come much better than those describes in the (digital) pages of Bunyan Velo. If you've not come across this before, it's a must-read for anyone with even a vague interest in cycle touring, S24H's, bikepacking, &c.

I spent months after reading the last issue researching wild camping spots on OS maps and the fill-ratings of 3-season sleeping bags, and with Spring just around the corner now's the time to get
back on it...

Issue 5 is out now.