Planes, Coaches and Automobiles!


PRE – JOURNEY
My plan is to start in a warm’ish country for spring, heading northwards into Europe as the summer takes hold.
After many hours, OK days, I chose the coast of Morocco. I’ve never been to north north west Africa … so why not!
Wash
Months before departure is spent buying and then sending back new bits of kit, I think I thought I would need! Then, what can’t go back is put on eBay.
What a palaver!
New bearings
In the mean time I’m prepping my Thorn Sherpa ready for the start line.
The main things obviously been the points of contact.

Grease headset
New wheel bearings, chain and front chain-rings replaced.
Don’t skimp on the grease. Shimano Dura Ace is as good as it gets for my needs. 50g tub is plenty too.
New front chain rings
My chain of choice is a SRAM PC971. For £11 it is a good bit of kit. Nickel plated for smoothness and with my favourite, a PowerLink link included.
Only because it looks good!
New SRAM PC 971 nickel chain
Out with the old ... stretched!
I still carry a chain-breaker just in case.
A good 5mm stretch over the old chain. A new chain adds greater life to a cassette and chain-rings.
Measure saddle stem height
Measure up the stem, then I’m not fussing at the other end as to my seat height.
Saddle stem height for later
Once she’s washed and greased, then the job of dismantling certain components.
Remove rear dérailleur
Most importantly the rear dérailleur. The concern is not the dérailleur itself breaking in transit, but the hanger it’s attached to. This is part of the frame i.e you would need a new frame.
Tucked dérailleur away
Tucked safely away in a small water bottle with shifter cable stilled attached.
Spindle
Always prudent to remove both skewers (wheel hubs) as they tend to protrude beyond the packing.
Front wheel protects frameLast cardboard
The idea of the CTC Bike Bag is to wheel your precious bike into it and then just hand in at the check-in counter. No padding etc..
As you can see I can’t do things by half!
Next time I’m using a box!
Next time I am using a box!
Early morning taxi, then coach to Luton, via what feels like the rest of the south of England!
  • Padstow 14th March 2016

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