Search results for ‘handlebars

Bars of Beauty

It’s an Italian proverb that says that “a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine”. My postings recently have been so regular that my proverb should be “a day without a post is like….” errr…. that’s why I don’t write proverbs for a living. Answers on […]

Eurovelo 5: Remember That?

I have spent tha last week banging on about butterfly handlebars so it is a relief to post about the Eurovelo 5 again, albeit during a “nuit blanche”; I have man flu and can’t sleep…. So, as one does on such occasions, I was browsing the list of […]

Immigrant Handlebars

My immigrant handlebars (Modolo Yuma etc…) are winging their way to the UK as I type! She was a bigot in my opinion (the kind of person who starts sentences with “I’m not a racist but….”). My handlebars are just as welcome as all the other hard-working residents of our country […]

Searching for Eurovelo 5

I do find the statistics of the Internet fascinating almost to the point of geekdom, hence the previous post. It is, for example, depressingly fascinating (but very predictable) that the USA dominates the list of the 100 most-visited sites and that Google tops that list. Interesting that Luxembourg (a link with […]

Eurovelo 5 Catch Up

I’ve discussed much on here recently; Mark Beaumont, butterfly handlebars, commuting, Twitter, Geoff Boycott(!)… but not much of Eurovelo 5 and my plans to cycle from Reading to Brindisi kicking off on Sunday 18th July, a little over two-months away. So here is a summary of progress I’m […]

EV5 – 2 Months

My handlebars arrived but they were motorcycle-type number plates (registration P26 something). Despite the contents of the package, the bike had been converted to an “upright” style, but looked like a Winnebago complete with roof canopy and shed at the back. The forks were very angular and had bright […]

A Date for Reggie’s Surgery

I headed off into town last night to chat to Evans Cycles about having the butterflies fitted. There is no way I am going within a mile of AW Cycles with the intention of discussing arranging for the bars to be changed by them; they have made their opinions […]

Shifting the Shifters

I’ve put the shifters on e-Bay; why not make a bid? 🙂 I have set the bid starting price at £80 (that’s a massive 60% reduction on the approximate RRP!) and I’ll see what happens. The handlebars are brake levers are also up for grabs. Wonder how much they […]

e-Bay Update

No bids yet on my e-Bay ad but five “watchers” (which sounds a bit creepy but I am assured this is a good thing). One person has contacted me via email asking for more detail explaining that they were looking to upgrade a Ridgeback Element hybrid bike to have […]

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

So far my dealings with Evans Cycles regarding the change of the drop handlebars to the butterfly bars have been good; both assistants I have spoken to have been knowledgeable and encouraging, discussing the issues I may have and finding solutions. I took Reggie down for the work earlier this […]

Steming the Gap

You are probably fed up of seeing pictures of handlebars and mine in particular. Sorry 😉 . The new stem arrived this morning and I have just fitted it. For the first time I think I am approaching a point when the bike, dare I say it (?), […]


There has been just as much action in Reading and Caversham today with me making great leaps forward in my preparations for July 18th as there has been in SW19, South Africa and Rotterdam combined (Wimbledon, The World Cup & the Tour de France respectively). So as Germany […]

Timely Advice

I’ve just received this email from Mark Rowland which contains lots of useful tips and hints; Good luck on the route – you may recall we exchanged emails some time ago. A friend and I set off on our own Italian adventure at the start of June and […]

Responses To Your Comments

I have failed to get hooked up to the Internet via Wi-Fi here at the campsite so instead I have just been through all the comments made over the last couple of days, made some notes and below are your individual responses. Some comments might only make sense […]

Kevin Koga? Perhaps Not…

Darren from ??? (his Facebook page only gives a few clues – Australia? Camden town? Somewhere where it has been snowing recently from his picture so anywhere in the UK?) has messaged me on said social network… Hello Andrew, I am a complete novice cyclist and am considering […]

Reggie’s Handlebars

If the effort put into this post doesn’t earn me an extra sale of my book, I don’t know what will! I have received an email from John. His words in blue, my replies in red; Hi Andrew, Hi Just been reading your website. Thank you for all […]