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I’ve cycled across 20 countries. Can I repair a puncture? Nope.

Me wearing helmet & bike

My bike needed some TLC.  The components were suffering having giving them an absolute hammering by riding across some of the toughest off road miles on the planet.  Across South America.  And when I say some miles I mean some 10,000 km.

The only repairs needed in my toughest year of cycling ever was the bottom bracket ball bearings needing cleaned and brake cables replaced.  I hadn’t even suffered one broken spoke!

A box full of replacement bicycle parts arrived from Stanforth Bikes the creators of my expedition bike ‘The Kibo’.

It was the equivalent emotion fused scene as receiving a box full of Jimmy Choo shoes and Prada handbags for those into fashion.  Click to continue reading →