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Mason BokehTi Off-Road Shakedown

This was my first real outing with the Mason BokehTi off-road and fully loaded; 2 days of the South Downs Way.

I’d swapped out the 42t chainring for a 40t to make the steep, lumpy climbs a bit easier. I would have gone for the 38t had it been in stock. My plan is to have the 42t for the road and a 38t for off-road use.

The SRAM Force 1x groupset was ideal for this application. The gearing was good and the brakes were perfect, I didn’t experience any of the issues that I did on the Dorset Gravel Dash with the Tripster ATR.

The MASONxHUNT 650b Adventure Sport wheels and Schwalbe Rocket Rons were amazing. First off, they dealt with the first noticeable puncture (a sizeable 5mm gash) without any action needing to be taken. Downhill lumpiness was absorbed with ease and I felt no fatigue in the arms or hands.

Looking out over Harting Down

The 2.1″ wide Rocket Rons from Schwalbe are strictly too wide for the Mason’s spec, but on a dry route they performed admirably. I had taken them for a short off-road in Dorset after a week of rain and clearance was a slight issue. I think Mason spec 2″ so the Rons are only 2.5mm over (excuse the mixed units) but when I need new tyres I’ll be going 2″ for those wet, muddy paths. Thanks again for convincing me to go tubeless Cal.

My bum and the Fabric Scoop saddle have made friends, the seat didn’t even cross my mind which, I think, is the best a saddle can do.

Not strictly the bike but the Apidura luggage is a perfect match for the Bokeh and echoes Mason’s form equalling function ethos. Lightweight bike packing is en vogue and the market is rapidly expanding with that said I have no reason to have my head turned by any other brand. A better looking and functioning setup I don’t think you will find.

I’m certainly not technically proficient but the BokehTi gave me the confidence to go at it (whatever ‘it’ was) and more often than not I would come out the other side successful. I was surprised how at home it felt off-road considering how well it inhabits the tarmac – all it takes is a 30 second wheel change. You’d expect to find a compromise somewhere but if it’s there I’m yet to uncover it.

I’m not sensitive enough to tell what makes a bike feel good (or I’m not good enough at lying to pretend I do) but my insensitivity can’t take away from the fact that the BokehTi is brilliant. If my Tripster ATR was a capable jack of all trades then my BokehTi is the consummate master.

The South Downs Way

For those of you (assuming somebody is actually reading this rubbish) from Hampshire or Sussex you’ll probably be aware of the South Downs Way and have probably walked, run or cycled some part of it. If you’re from further afield you may not have heard of it: The SDW is a 100-mile National Trail that runs from Winchester to Eastbourne.

I caught the 12:08 train from Fratton, collecting Tim at Fareham en-route to Winchester for a 13:00 start.

The weather for the weekend was set good; 26°c, some cloud, no rain and little wind. I bit too hot for me to be doing this but I can’t really complain.

My new Mason BokehTi with Apidura bar and saddle pack was carrying me along while Tim was on a undersized Specialised something-or-rather MTB with an Alpkit bar pack and a small back pack.

Within 2 miles we were out of Winchester and on our first climb – a combined effort of ascension between Telegraph Hill and Cheesefoot Head. There started the relentless climbing and descending for the next 95 miles; SDW is like a 100-mile-long sine wave with gates. Tim got a puncture just after Cheesefoot Head and we started to wonder if we should have left more time for mechanicals.

I don’t know if it was because I was fresh but I think those early tracks were some of the most enjoyable, simple, smooth chalk paths.

Beacon Hill (13 miles) was the next point of note for us, from 261 metres up we could see the Spinnaker Tower at home. Shortly after we rolled to Exton and The Shoe Inn for refreshments – highly recommended.

View from Beacon Hill trig point

View from Beacon Hill trig point

For the next 23 miles we criss-crossed roads we regularly frequented on our Sunday rides, taking in Old Winchester Hill (18 miles).

I had couple of Cateye Omni 3 lights on the Apidura packs and hacked the little belt clips a bit so they wouldn’t fly off when off-road. Basically, I just use the Dremel to grind a notch either side of the clip that would locate a rubber o-ring. This did stop me losing the lights but didn’t stop the lens and 2 AAA batteries coming loose and flying off into a bush via my eye socket. Quite a shock but no lasting pain. Perhaps a little sticky tape next time.

At 271 metres, Butser Hill is the highest point on the SDW and provided the best downhill – a smooth uninterrupted descent into QE Country Park. Also, a mere 15 demoralising miles from home. QECP has a good café, water, and tool station. The tubeless tyres proved there worth as we climbed out of QECP when I was briefly sprayed with latex while a sizeable gash was sealed and we carried on without even needing to top up the air.

It was unnotable (not in a bad way, breathtaking views are a given) from QECP until just after Harting Down (32 miles) where we encountered the first sizeable get-off-and-push of the ride in the 19% climb that Strava labels as Knight’s Field Climb.

47 miles in and the sun was getting low, we needed to get to Storrington by 21:30 as that’s when The Moon stopped serving food, we were beginning to think we might not make it. Though only 10 miles left and only 1 major climb.

The top of Rackham Hill looking east

The top of Rackham Hill looking east

As we reached the top of the climb (Rackham Hill) it was 21:00 with 5 miles to go and 15 minutes ’til sunset (we didn’t have any lights that would make night riding practical). The descent into Storrington took us past our planned bivvy spot and think we both decided there and then that we weren’t going to be cycling back up there after dinner – it was 25% in places on loose chalk.

We arrived at the bar with 3 minutes to spare. One pint of beer, one pint of water, a Moon Burger and a trip to One Stop later and we were on our way to the nearest quiet field; head torch strapped to the Apidura accessory pack in lieu of a front light.

Lucky for us the sky was clear, the moon was waxing gibbous and 1 day (or night) away from full, it lit the field beautifully and we could settle down for the night without the need for attention attracting torch light.

Day 2 below the Strava and relive embeds.

Keep scrolling down for day 2…

We woke naturally on the Sunday about 05:45 and were on our way at 06:00. We tracked back to Storrington then headed east and re-joined the SDW at Washington. We had a little breakfast in the carpark, hoping we would find something more substantial along the path.

Of course we were greeted with a climb, up to Chanctonbury Ring (242 metres) but then a lovely long descent down to Botolphs and the river Adur, where if it wasn’t 07:15 on a Sunday we would have headed south to visit Mason Cycles. However, it was 07:15 on Sunday morning so we just kept going.

11 miles in (68 miles overall) we came across YHA Trueleigh Hill, they had a café but no one seemed to want to serve us so after 10 minutes of hanging around we stropped off without breakfast.

On day 1 I don’t think we met any other cyclists heading east and only few heading west, today we met a few and tagged along with a couple for a while. There was a cyclist (let’s call him Steve) who alerted us to the prospect of an ice cream van at the Ditchling Beacon car park (19 miles for the day, 76 miles overall). Our interest peaked and our expectations swelling we raced up the hill only to find the van was nowhere to be seen. We pushed Steve down the Beacon for ruining our morning and carried on. Five miles later we came across Housedean Farm campsite and at the reception shop they sold ice creams. Here we also met a solo cyclist from London who was riding similarly to us and had camped in Amberley – he had a Magnum and buggered off, I didn’t catch his name so let’s call him John.

We passed through Southease and over the Ouse to start a near 5-mile climb (with great views out to Newhaven) up to Firle Beacon – this was probably the hardest rideable climb for me.

It was then another lovely, long, downhill into Alfriston where we had an unplanned stop with a couple of door stop cheese and ham sandwiches. John was there filling up with water and reading the notice boards, he left before us. Re-joining the SDW from Alfriston is not obvious and if it weren’t for the Garmin we would have been bumbling around for some time.

On the hill out of Alfriston (the penultimate climb of note) I felt terrible, I don’t know if it was the pink lemonade, the iced coffee, the cheese and ham sandwich, the Polos (Spearmint) or the midday sun but I had to have a moment in a tiny bit of shade.

So just Willingdon Hill left, with its great views over Eastbourne. We saw John again and he raced of downhill. The approach to Eastbourne was fast and open, a pleasing end to two days hard but enjoyable riding.

I gained 70 Explorer Squares on VeloViewer too, and expanded my max square from 7×7 to 9×9. See more about Explorer Squares here.

There may be a 1 day assault of the SDW in the offing…

You can view and down the route (GPX) here, it’s from Winchester station to Eastbourne station and has the water tap/sources added at POIs.

See how I got on my only other major off-road outing on the Dorset Gravel Dash.

Mason BokehTi 214 Mile Shakedown

I took a long time choosing and it took a long time coming but last Thursday my Mason BokehTi arrived, along with an addition set of wheels.

On Saturday I had a 300km Audax (Wonderful Wessex which I have ridden before) and I wouldn’t normally take a new bike on such a long shakedown ride but I didn’t have much choice – I’d already sent off my old bike.

I hadn’t ridden anything over 100 miles since April 2015 so it would be interesting to see how I got along, relatively unfit and on a new bike.

For this I obviously chose the 700c MASONxHUNT 4Season Disc wheelset with tubeless Schwalbe G-One Speed tyres fitted and left the MASONxHUNT 650B AdventureSport Disc wheels with Rocket Rons at home for the South Downs Way at a later date.

The instant I got on the Bokeh it felt a perfect fit, something I had struggled to find the more I rode my previous bike, which was a prime reason for buying a new one.

I have a rule that I don’t like to buy products whose name isn’t 100% intuitive to pronounce; that’s why I’ve never had a Nissan Qashqai. I had to break that rule with the Bokeh – Bow Ke (as in kettle)?? Bocker?? But to quote Shakespeare “A bike by any other name would ride as sweet”.

The quality and detailing of the frame is obvious, with the polished MASON logo on the downtube a clever touch – something that everyone who looked at the bike immediately picked up on. The finish on the titanium has a delicate feel to it, achieved through bead-blasting which also de-stresses the Ti to increase toughness and durability; what Mason calls a ‘Structural Surface Finish’.

Don’t be fooled by its excellent aesthetics, form is certainly not over function. Take a look at the titanium 3D printed dropouts to get an idea what’s going on inside.

About 30 miles into the ride I experienced some knee and hip pain so dropped the seat about 5mm the knee pain went straight away, the hip pain continued for a while but eased quickly over the next few miles. The only other discomfort I experienced was from the seat, not that the Fabric saddle is to blame; that’s what happens if you put unconditioned buttocks on a new saddle for 200 miles. The saddle is attached to a Mason Penta Seatpost that allows for refreshingly accurate adjustment – particularly on the tilt.

The Hunt wheels and tubeless tyres in conjunction with the BokehTi frame are a revelation. I’ve always used 700×28 or 32cc Schwalbe Marathon Pluses because I valued puncture resistance over weight or control. Tubeless seemed to offer puncture resistance along with better grip and less weight, they didn’t disappoint. I genuinely didn’t know you could corner so fast without sliding or twitching about. I was encouraged to go for the G-One Speeds by Cal at Mason Cycles and I’m glad I did. The wheels and tyres coupled with the ability to stop with no effort using the SRAM Force HRD hydraulic brakes could make for some dangerously fast descents. The wheel\tyre combo also makes the feedback from the road nicer, rather than shouting what’s going they reassuringly whisper it to you. Less Brian Blessed, more Joanna Lumley.

The SRAM XG-1180 wide range cassette gives me 10-42, paired with a 42t chainring it provides a 1:1 ratio which was more than enough for the hills, on this ride at least. I can swap the front ring for a 40t if need be when venturing off-road. I think I only slipped onto the 42 on a few occasions.

Moving to a 1x groupset wasn’t much of a change as I never really moved the front once the tone of the ride was set, but the SRAM DoubleTap took a bit of getting used to. I was often too heavy handed for the upwards gearing and end up going down. Having the brake operate separately from the shifter was nice, having come from Shimano where braking and shifting could occasionally interfere with each other.

For the handlebars I took inspiration from Josh Ibbett’s round the world rig (he’s also using a Bokeh) and went for Ritchey WCS VentureMax, they have a flared drop which feels so much more natural to hold.

Other than not being able to pronounce Bokeh, this is my only small niggle: There is no bridge on the chainstays and thus no mudguard mount down there, however there is one on the seat tube. Mason being Mason though there is undoubtedly a good reason for this. Having spoken to Dom about this there is a good reason, Dom says ‘reason for this is to give maximum mud clearance and remove the ‘shelf’ that is caused by a bridge. That bridge is actually quite redundant, it doesn’t do much for rigidity and also it can lead to cracking on the inside of the stays where the welds are. So, especially for Ti frames, it’s best to leave it off!’.

I love the BokehTi, it instils a sense of adventurous confidence that allows you to take it that little bit faster and further: It’s never going to be the Bokeh that limits me. It wouldn’t be the first time that I’d been let down by what’s between my legs.

Being a whole, complete new rig it is difficult to attribute appropriate praise to the deserving parts so it has to go to Mason as a company; for designing the frame, their collaborations, their suggestions and the people (Dom, Cal and the others behind the scenes) who have brought it all together.

I look forward to giving it a good test off-road in July on the South Downs Way.

Dorset Gravel Dash 2017

Dorset Gravel Dash 2017

I arrived in Swanage around 20:30, parked up on the Seafront and headed straight out to find food. All the pubs, including the Red Lion (the start/finish of the ride) seemed to have live music on and were buzzing – not so good for someone looking for a table for one. I tried the new Harry Ramsden’s that had popped up since the last time I was there – closed. I ended up ordering a cheeseburger and cheesy chips from Dino’s.

Back at the van and the wind was buffeting, I decided not to stay on the seafront and headed up the hill into the side roads to find a place to sleep.

I was awake at 05:00 and feeling grotty. I started to have doubts about starting but ultimately I wasn’t going to drive all that way and not at least try. Let’s see how far I could get.

Despite not being a race we were given race numbers, my first race number ever in fact.

Registration was at 07:00. I arrived a few minutes early and was the first there, followed shortly by Andy who had bivvi’d in the woods nearby.

I was off my bike (because of my gearing issue) at the first climb, Nine Barrow Down and lost the group (Andy, Jez and Tony). I saw them again briefly in the near distance at Swyre Head but they disappeared as I stopped to take a photo.

Time and miles passed slowly; when I expected to be about 30 miles in the GPS unit said 14. I hadn’t banked on how much more involved off-road was compared to tarmac. To some degree you can autopilot on the road, not so on tracks and paths.

During every ride on a route I don’t know, I experience GPS paranoia, this time it happened on the longest (still relatively short) road section of the route, approaching and departing Lulworth. It felt like I was on tarmac for ages and I could see no other riders around so quite (un)reasonably I believed the GPS unit had magically switched route or rerouted me for no apparent reason – but as always there was no need to doubt.

The view from Swyre Head.

The view from Swyre Head.

At around 38 miles in, just after Puddletown Forest at Higher Bockhampton the route was very close to Dorchester, had I known this I may well have bailed out of the ride in favour of a taxi back to Swanage. I later learned that the other guys had stopped here for beans-on-toast and I had passed them.

12 miles later while climbing the 881ft feet of Bulbarrow Hill the group caught me and we pedalled to the half way check point together. It was fortuitous as I was feeling worse and ready to bail but they kept me going.

As well as the up hills that required dismounting there were also a couple of descents that needed a walk. Of those descents that looked just safe enough to stay on the bike these 2 nearly had me over the bars:

  • Nutcombe Wood Down is a -16%er that on its day is probably a fun descent but on this day, where the showers had made the chalk dust into a thick grease that dragged your rear wheel sideways it was difficult and once it had you committed, it then added deep gulleys each side of the greasy track that you couldn’t risk slipping into. Disappointingly for this account, everybody made it down safely. The KOM for this is 34 secs, we made it down in 3:29 secs.
  • Lanchards Lane is another -16% single track that temps you in with Bluebells and Primroses then smacks you with branches, roots and rocks. I ended up going first into this once and not wanting to hold anyone up I went as fast as I could, on the verge of death, speeding down the mud track until my hands were shaking off the brakes and was forced to safely escape into the Bluebells where I turned around to see people tentatively nursing their bikes down!

Another location of note would be Hambledon Hill, an Iron Age fort just outside Child Okeford. I can’t imagine anyone could cycle up this even on a dry day let alone after rain. I almost lost it a few times just pushing my bike up.

From there all I remember are some nice trails on old railways all the way to Blandford Forum. At some traffic lights at BF I mentioned to Jez I heard hissing, a few minutes later Jez had a flat; our only ‘mechanical’ bar Andy’s constant adjustment of his front disc calliper.

After that I remember a pleasant 5 miles through Wareham Forest and feeling homeward bound, I could get back to Swanage without any guidance from here and that psychologically felt good.

That good feeling dispersed in the later stages of the Arne RSPB nature reserve (Springwatch has been filmed there), I don’t know if I bonked (though I felt I had eaten and drunk well) or if the illness was taking hold but I had to get off and walk for a couple of hundred metres, the other chaps waited and got me back on the bike.

At the Finish!

At the Finish!

Then it was around Old Harry Rocks (a ride I had done in reverse a few years back while on holiday) then a final climb up to Studland Hill and Ballard Down with views Swanage. The last descent was scary but mainly rideable with the MTBers racing past us on our adventure\gravel bikes.

Back along the seafront and through the High Street to the Red Lion where more goodies awaited us from Charlie the Bike Monger and luckily a vacant table in the restaurant.

As it turns out I was feeling unwell because I had caught Hand Foot and Mouth Disease from my disgusting little girls and the next day it took hold good and proper.

There is talk of a Devon Gravel Dash, currently planned for one of the first weekends in October 2017. Keep an eye on Charlie’s site for details.

Choosing a New Bike

It’s a learning curve buying the right bike. I thought the Tripster ATR was going to be my bike for life but I’m clearly still on the curve. I’m on the hunt for a replacement bike for life. Here is why:

Sizing: Despite initially feeling fine I now feel overstretched and that the frame is a little long. Having had a bike fit, it shows my arms are short in relation to my legs which makes sense of my overstretched feeling; I bought the 60cm frame soley based on my height.

Gearing: I struggle on loose terrain ascents. I needed to stand to put the power down which then took the weight on the rear wheel and it would slip and spin, I need lower gearing so I can sit spin the pedals.

Braking: The TRP HY-RD cable actuated hydraulic caliper brakes are great when fresh and perfectly setup, but after a while they can lose their fully hydraulic feel and wont have a graduated application; they will start to grab like a mechanical set.

New bike: Everybody loves a new bike.


Frame/fork must haves:

  • Titanium – I love the ‘can do’ attitude of titanium
  • 3rd bottle boss set – I want space for a 3rd bottle, or a single bottle if the other 2 are obstructed by a frame bag
  • Disc specific – Rim brakes have no interest to me
  • Mounts for rack and mudguards – I will definetly want mudguards at some point
  • Cleareance for wide 650b tyres – Along with lower gearing I hope wider 650b tyres will give better performance on loose terrain
  • Better sizing than current 60cm – The main reason for going for a new frame rather than just upgrading the ATR

Frame/fork would likes:

  • Internal routing (almost in the ‘must haves’) – I want to clear the top tube of the clutter and bib tight snagging opportunities
  • Thru axle – They seem like a good idea but not a deal breaker
  • Flat mount for calipers – Again the seem like a good idea but not that important
  • Toptube bar mount

Component must haves:

  • Lower gearing than 50/34 11-32 can give – For the loose terrain ascents mentioned above
  • Hydraulic disc brakes – Now they are widely available on drop shifters why wouldn’t you, plus the HY-RD performance above

Component would likes:

  • Hub dynamos – Expensive but would be so nice not to worry about batteries on long rides
  • Thinking about tubeless – They seem like a good idea but I’m a bit scared about being stranded if the worst happens.

Component Contenders:

Starting a little back to front, there is only one real option for my gearing and braking at the moment but luckily it seems ideal; SRAM Force 1x. A 10-42 cassette and a choice of easily changed chain rings from 38 to 50 (in increments of 2) will give ample range. And they are available with hydraulic braking so that’s a desicion made.

SRAM Force 1 Groupset

SRAM Force 1 Groupset – this but with the wide range Mini Cluster cassette.

Frame/Fork Contenders:

There is only one frame (that I can find) that meets all my ‘must have’ criteria, but first, here are some near misses:

OPEN U.P.
I really lust for this bike but it’s missing 1 thing…titanium.

Kinesis Tripster ATR v2
I love my current ATR v1, but their sizing is too restrictive and they followed this lead with the v2.

Sonder Camino Ti
Sizing again is the issue for me here, that and the ‘would like’ of internal routing missing. A great little well priced bike.

Going Custom
I did contact a couple of places about producing a frame with everything I wanted but no one was very forth coming; I guess they were busy with easier jobs and not that interested.

Other contenders – dismissed for one reason or another but may be helpful if you’re looking for a similar bike: Curve GMX and CXR, Litespeed T5 Gravel, and Moots Routt 45.


And the winner is…

The ‘winner’ by meeting all must-have and would-like criteria (bar the toptube bag mounts) is, the as yet, unavailable Mason BokehTi. So unavailable, it doesn’t currently have it’s own webpage – most of what you’ll see on the link is about the aluminium version. Now all I need to do is beg, borrow or steal some cash…quite a lot of cash.

 

The Search for Winter Bib Tights 2 – Morvelo Stealth Stormshield

Morvelo Stealth Stormshield Bib Tights

I’ve finally found a pair of Winter Bib Tights, it’s taken about 12 years but I now have a pair I’m 95 percent happy with.

To read about my struggle with bib tights have a look here.

I think I came across them when browsing the Morvelo site and was impressed with their sizing information; it gives you confidence you’re going to end up with the right size first time. If you consider buying from Morvelo then be sure not to bypass the real world sizing guide.

I went for the understated Stealth Stormshield version (more vibrant versions are available for the less introverted) in large (34″ waist, 34″ leg) – they are a great fit all round.

I’ve used them down to temperatures of -5°C without feeling cold and up to 7°C without feeling too warm. I wouldn’t want to wear them in temperatures much more than that though.

The only downside so far is that the stitching on the seams is easily ‘fluffed’. My top tube has minimal area for rubbing but the seams have been caught and are fluffy. In the short term this isn’t a problem beyond the aesthetics, in the long term it must comprimise the stitching’s strength to some degree.

They aren’t cheap either but when its taken 12 years to find your bib tight soulmate I was ‘happy’ to pay the £115 (cuurently £103.50).

Because I use them on my daily commute I would like there to be more (some) reflective panels or detailing.

Update 06\04\2017: Now completed a season in the tights and they performed well. The fluffing hasn’t developed beyond the aesthetic. The water resistant coating isn’t as effective as it once was but that’s my fault – I tumble dried them a few times – don’t tumble dry them.

Ned Boulting’s Bikeology Tour

***Ned has a new Bikeology tour for 2017***

First off, just in case you’re using this review to decide if to attend the Bikeology tour, then do, it’s good.

I’ve been a big fan of Ned’s since listening to his On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation’s Cycling Soul book on a free trial of Aubible. His relaxed and sometimes irreverant style struck a chord with me and from then on we were going to be (unrequited) friends. It was probably Ned’s books that made me take the time to try and appreciate the Tour de France, as previously I found it a little unapproachable and boring.

Having seen his Bikeology tour advertised at the New Theatre Royal for a few months time, I decided to book a ticket early for a good seat.

The morning of the show arrived and of course I hadn’t puchased a ticket. Did I want to spend £20 to see someone who hadn’t even followed me on Twitter (Hi Ned, my username is @saddlesoreuk)? Of course I did! I don’t need the gratification of a follow on Twitter (that’s @saddlesoreuk Ned). I was lucky to get a ticket, there were only a few lonely chairs left.

19:00 (19:30 start) and I’m in the Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth walking to Sainsbury’s for some quick food before the show; an almond croissant, a cold coffee thing and a bag of mini jelly beans. Outside I saw my friend Graham (he follows me on Instagram) and his dad who were also going to see Ned – Graham had chips.

The first half of the show was about the bike, bike people, and what Ned thinks about them. The second half concentrated on Le Tour and gave some great insight into its history, riders and traditions.

The show was entertaining, Ned was articulate and clever, and the content was good mix of detail, fun, interaction and behind-the-scenes knowledge you wouldn’t otherwise know. I won’t go into any detail because hopefully you’ll go and see it for yourself. Perhaps when the tour is over I’ll elaborate on the content.

Although most of the show was stock content that will be repeated at every venue, there was a surprisingly large amount that was particular to Portsmouth. I hope and expect this is replicated for each venue respectively.

It seems you don’t even have to know who Ned is to attend or appreciate the show, at one point I heard a conversation along these lines “So who is he [Ned Boulting] anyway?”, “I’m not really sure”, “Oh right, OK”. I think maybe they were meant to buy tickets for the upcoming Monty Don gig.

As it says at the top, if you have the opportunity to go then do so. If you’re reading this after the tour has finished then you’ll have to hope he does another one and that it is as good.

Here are some photos of Graham and his dad returning with beer at the mid session interval and some other, surprisingly less interesting, subjects.

***Ned has a new Bikeology tour for 2017***