Wednesday, 3 August 2011

ADDING A BIT OF COLOUR......

A BIT OF COLOUR
The preparations continue for the ROCK2UK road trip......this week the Revolution Touring Bike was taken over to Bicycle World at Longham in order for Mark to work his magic. Mark always prepares our bikes for extended trips like this one. Although I will do most day to day maintenance on my bikes I do like a professional bike mechanic to prepare the bikes properly for the longer trips.

Prior to taking the bike over to Mark I fitted new tyres...Schwalbe Marathon Kevlar 700x32.. the only new item Mark fitted was a new chain. The existing chain had only completed about 400 miles but I felt that I would be happier starting a ride of this distance with a new one. The rear wheel needed a minor amount of adjustment to make it true but other than a bit of oil and grease here and there nothing else really needed doing.

Before I left the bike shop Mark gave me four spare spokes- just in case. I am hoping that we won't need them, but on every trip to Europe that I have done with JD he has managed to break at least one spoke! Still as I say, hopefully we won't need them.

A couple of weeks ago when I was over at JD's house he was showing me his bike shed when I spied his bar tape. He had seen some Fizik blue edged duo bar tape at Bicycle World while Mark was servicing his bike. He thought that it would look good on the bike and add a bit of colour. He hadn't told me about it because he thought that I wouldn't like it and would take the mickey out of it......
He was wrong!    
I loved the way it looked and I thought that it added some real colour to the bike- ideal for a trip to a  colourful country like Spain.
I told Mark that I had to have some...so Mark wrapped the bars with the new tape when the bike was being serviced.
Love it or hate it, you must admit it certainly adds some colour!   

9 comments:

Steve A said...

I like it VERY much!

John Romeo Alpha said...

I like it too. I have added it to the wish list!

jeff said...

I also think it looks great.

limom said...

Dashing!

Trevor said...

*Steve A* *JRA* *jeff* *limom*

I'll take that as a 'thumbs up' for the bar tape then.....!

Mark said...

What, not purple?

Have a great trip.

Trevor said...

*Mark*

If I had bought purple bar tape I would then have needed a purple bike to match.....Now there's a thought!

Thanks for your support Mark.

Tracy W said...

I think it looks pretty cool!

emilene said...

Good luck with all the prep work, I look forward to following your trip online, hope you'll post here and there on the way!