The touring bikes have been restored! Gone are the long drop brakes, replaced with Tektro cantilevers. The front forks have been replaced and the triple chainsets have been replaced with Stronglight doubles. Nick has done a remarkable job respraying the frames and adding the braze-ons for the brakes. They now have massive clearances and hopefully there will be no build up of mud and grass as seen in our previous tussock-humping exploits! They had to be test ridden, so early on Sunday morning we left Croesyceiliog, we were delayed however because as I adjusted the saddle height the seat pin bolt snapped! This was replaced by a new Campagnolo one. We are fortunate in having some forest tracks near us that emulate the tracks of Mid-Wales, so it was a short 10 mile ride up the cycle track and up the old road to Hafodrynys. First impressions of the bikes were good on the road, they were very stable and handled well. The climb up the mountain on the forest track went well . After years of messing around with triple chainsets on the tourer it was now great to have the simplicity of a double. Nick's friend, the late Ian Hibell, the greatest touring cyclist ever, used a 40/30 combination on the front, we had roughly similar gearing to this. On the descent down the forest track the bikes behaved admirably, hopefully, once fully loaded, they will behave just as well.      

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