Apologies for the radio silence but I have been hard at work over at Cycling in Auckland sprucing it up for 2012.
But the big news is that the TRICYCLE is home.
It has been languishing in Tim's workshop for many months as the search for a long quill stem proved fruitless ... until Around Again Cycles in Christchurch came to the rescue. You may remember that I visited them on a trip to Christchurch a year or two ago and it suddenly occurred to me that they may be able to help a 'tricycle in distress'. They were and they did.
So today was the day. I scurried up to Tim's (lidless of course) and what a sight to behold - the stem was perfect and had avoided the necessity of growing a beard and wearing leathers, which was quite a relief! All the scrubbing had paid off and she was looking quite chic. It was almost difficult to remember what she had looked like when I rescued her off Trademe.
I bumped into Alex (CIA operative) at Tim's and the 'pull' of the tricycle claimed another victim ...
Often, they just ask to sit on it first
Then, they ride ... even in the pouring rain
After I'd let a few of the shop's customers 'in' on the latest cycle trends for 2012 (tricycles will be big this year!), and some final ministrations from Brian, I set off.
I encountered a full flock of flouro clad lycras at the traffic lights and .... was complemented on the trike. They may well have fallen about laughing further down the road but, if they did, it's because they are a little behind the times and unaware of the next big trend in cycles.
Once home, I fitted the coffee cup holder - perfect!
A few eagle eyed (geeky) readers will have noticed that the brake is on the wrong side. This is so that I can take photos and videos whilst in motion!
Now I just need to make decisions on a new saddle and handlebar grips. Then of course I need to sort out a bell and carrying capacity ....