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Photo-shoot with Anne Mustoe

We cycled up to Regents Park in the sweltering heat for a photo-shoot with our patron Anne Mustoe, who has also given us a lovely letter of support for our site. Despite the short notice, Anne also gave us a quick interview on video for our upcoming clips on BBC Video Nation. Thank you Anne! [...]

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BBC Video Nation

We have been selected by BBC Video Nation, a popular BBC program broadcasting video-diaries on the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain, to do a series of clips during the 6 weeks building up to our departure. Today they have given us a tiny video camera (and a monster of a tripod), together with [...]

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We go on SPDs

Having done 200 miles+ each on the bikes, at last we felt comfortable enough to convert to SPD shoes and clipless pedals…..and what a joy it was! We cycled down from Ealing to Horsham today with Katie (a friend and keen road cyclist, and one of our regular training partners) – and despite Sedef having [...]

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Bentriders United

We met with three other bent riders today (James, Magnus, and Simon) to ride up to Windsor Park. The day was full of mishaps from the beginning – when Nic’s left crank fell off two miles down! Being the local boy James came to the rescue and rode to the local bike shop to get [...]

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New bikes?!

The bents attract so much (and, occasionally, unwelcome) attention that we have been contemplating changing bikes….so when we saw the new ‘Puky’ bikes in a shop recently we were instantly smitten !! But they will probably have to wait until our next round-the-world trip (this one is only a warm-up after all!)… Or perhaps we [...]

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Back to the Future Cycles

When Sedef needed shorter cranks on her bent Ian came to the rescue and found a specialist engineering firm who could provide them for less than a quarter of the market price! So Sedef now has shorter cranks which should be easier on her knees (and a new gearset which should be easier on the [...]

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2 months to go! (eek)

With less than 60 days to go we have been extremely busy! There is still so much to do on the route, visas, jabs, and equipment planning, and we have been trying to raise the profile of the event to boost charity donations… And of course,training, training, and more training. And then in our spare [...]

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Route change?

We have just found out that our carefully and lovingly mapped out SE Asia route through Myanmar has one minor flaw: it is not possible! Or so we fear after reading various travelers comments on the web. However after much research we stumbled over a press release from the Myanmar government concerning the construction of [...]

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Jabs, jabs… and yet more jabs

We went to the British Airways travel clinic to find out what jabs we will need for the trip – it would probably have been easier for the nurse to tell us what jabs we won’t need! As well as turning us into human pincushions the jabs cost nearly as much as the GDP of [...]

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70 days to go and counting!

While we nervously contemplate our rapidly approaching departure and the preparations pick up pace, here are some lists to keep those dedicated followers of this diary entertained: What we won’t miss – Wet windy cloudy cold days – Big Brother and similar junk summer TV – The new Harry Potter book frenzy – Crowded buses, [...]

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