Rad und Reisen: preparation

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2013-07-12 17:49:00 amused News Quiz

Theme song
Fidel is going on a summer holiday.
No more potholes for a week or two!
Gurkensalad on a summer holiday.
No more worries for me and you,
for a week or two.

Lev’s going where the sun shines brightly.
He’s going where the Donau is blue.
We’ve seen the third man movie.
Now let’s see if it’s true.

Elly’s going on a summer holiday:
bike to places she always wanted to.
So we’re going on a summer holiday
To make our dreams come true,
for a week or two.

Bruce’s going where Prater spins nightly.
He’s going where the Elbe is blue.
He’s seen it from a train-seat.
He wants to swim in it too.

We’re all going on a cycling holiday
doing things we always wanted to.
So we’re going on a cycling holiday
To change our arses’ hue:
to black and blue!

Packing bikes
This took ages, even though I’d pre-cut lengths of pipe-lagging to protect the bike-frames. For both Lev and Fidel,

  • As expected, I needed to remove the front wheels, then extract their skewers and also remove handlebars, pedals, saddles, and deflate all tyres. I also removed Lev’s front pannier rack because I won’t be carrying front panniers, so I didn’t need this extra weight.
  • I had not expected I’d need to remove both bikes’ front mudguards. This was so so I could turn the front forks to point backwards and thus make the bikes short enough to fit in the boxes.
  • Nor had I expected I’d need to remove Fidel’s rear pannier rack (to make him low enough to fit in the box) and dismount his brake/gear units from the handlebars so I could fit them in the box.

Moral – bigger bike boxes are good!

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