Workshop tales #001

All metal is not created equal – catastrophic metal failure, designed obsolescence and the importance of getting a service… To people who take interest in the physical world this title might slightly cruelly get the response “well duh?!”. But you don’t have to be an engineer, metallurgist or particularly nerdy bike enthusiast to start figuring out what the properties, strengths and weaknesses … Read More

Seventy Quid Sue

I didn’t know much about bikes when I decided to tour Ireland for 3 months. I could change an inner tube usually, but sometimes even that went wrong. I picked up a beaten 90s Merida mountain bike for £70, the chain was worn and so was the cassette but I didn’t know my bottom bracket from my elbow at this … Read More