Preparation

Today I finally plucked up the courage to step on the scales. Expecting something over 13st 7lbs, but hoping for less, the actual 13st 4lbs 8oz was quite pleasing. The panniers and bar bag are loaded up almost to running weight and their combined weight is 13lb 8oz. So, if I lose a stone it will feel as if I have no kit at all. The hills will just melt beneath my whizzing wheels!

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I think it is customary to list every item carried as well as laying it all out for a picture, but this will do for now.

With the kit almost complete I just need a bike. The nice folks at Pitsford Cycles¬†are sorting this, despite the havoc I created whilst trying a couple for size. Stepping backwards into a row of bikes I reached behind me to stop one falling. For some reason I just let go of the bike I was holding and over it went into the neat line of bikes in front. It ended quite badly and quite tangled. Needless to say the one that was falling wasn’t and didn’t, and I looked a complete wally.