I’m Half Crazy . . .
Yeah, I’ve been away for a while. Not, ahem, away - inside, doing time, a six-to-three stretch, a bit of bird, banged up, (fitted up, I say), detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure, doing porridge, sewing mail bags, or even making little rocks out of big rocks.
No. Just away, not blogging. There are some reasons for this - mainly work, but also motivational - I have two niggling injuries that have pretty much grounded me from swimming, cycling and running. And that leaves . . . . well, eating I guess. Yep - lots of that still going on, as my waistline will testify. Bah!
But I have news.
I’ve been busy on Ebay . . . and just look what I picked up on Monday afternoon:
As far as I can make out, she’s an early ’80s model (five speed, Shimano derailleur with stem-mounted non-indexing shifter), and other than a bashed cotter pin that needs replacing on one of the rear cranks, is mechanically sound. She’s in need of some TLC on the frame though - more or less a complete respray. Thankfully I know several companies who’d probably give me a loan of their powder coating plant for that (the tandem’s original colour is pretty close to the colours they use too!), and I’m hoping that Pashley will be able to supply replacement transfers.
The reason for buying a tandem? Well after the Dunwich Dynamo, VonSmallHaussen was pretty keen on taking part next year, but worried about being left behind somewhere in the wilds of Suffolk (she’s probably seen Deliverence, and jumped to entirely the wrong conclusion about Suffolk. Hardly anyone there marries their sister any more.)
Problem now solved.
In the meantime, I have a little project to keep me busy over the winter. I plan to refurb the bike . . . but then remove the rear saddle & handlebars to fit a HUGE cargo box on the back, creating my own cargo bike. Well anyway, I don’t think that’s odd.