To all readers I wish you a very special 2013, may all your expectations be exceeded 🙂
It’s safe to say the Chopper is tucked up for the winter but I have done a couple of jobs on it.
It’s had a clean (to get it back to its former glory)
I’ve always had a concern that the 2″ x 20″ knobbly tyre on the back would be slow/er for touring. I’ve done a lot of research but tbh I haven’t find too many options in the 20″ range.
I therefore contacted a friend (who I got to know when I was planning my www.nigelend2end.co.uk ). He’s called Mick Fairhurst, retired, lives in Cornwell and has actually done Lejog on a Chopper towing a trailer – checkout his blog.
Anyway he’d sold his Chopper a while back but just happened to have the actual rear tyre he’d made his successful attempt on together with a brand new version of the same tyre which he said I could have – thanks Mick. This is 1.75″ and not as knobbly as the originals. So now my Chopper is kitted with his rear tyre and it still looks brand new – let’s hope I can do it justice.
One final job was to replace the original 18t sprocket on back to a 17t on the back which should see me hurtling along on the flats …. maybe NOT!!!!
Apart from that it’s now 2013 and this is the year I intend to do the Coast 2 Coast, hopefully in May. There are number of friends who have also expressed their interest in joining me (I think it’s collectively to enjoy watching me suffer). So far: John Bell, Carl Rutter, Andy Robinson, Martin Thomas, Jed Woodhouse, Simon Veit-Wilson
Well I best get some training mileages in over the coming month whether it be on the Chopper or my tourer …….