• Schlögen on the Danube

    August 2018

WELCOME…

... to our collection of thoughts, observations and short essays from a couple of people that like to explore. There’s a few themes that will unapologetically dominate; we’re photographers, foodie tourists and people watchers. We’re also cycle tourists and many entries will definitely be two-wheel touring based.

We post our thoughts and observations here once we have had time to reflect but we use our Facebook Page as a sort of daily diary for more immediate jottings. Instagram is for images.
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Mark & Siubhan Litherland x

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Multiple Spoke Failure and Disc Brakes

The internet is a strange, shouty place that lends itself to simplistic polarised arguments positions on many subjects and, even before we start on hydraulic vs mechanical, there’s a pair of diametrically opposed and entrenched positions on disc vs rim brakes. I would say that there’s 49% that swear that disc brakes cure cancer and 49% that think that Beelzebub himself invented them. This post is for the 2%. The 2% that are open-minded enough to welcome new information regardless of whether it supports their position or not. So, before I start, let me declare my bias as someone that chose hydraulic disc brakes for my long-distance tourer. The reasons for this are documented in the build details of the bikes, but my very specific set of circumstances and risk determination are different to yours and I wouldn’t be as presumptuous as to suggest that it’s the right answer for

Cycle Touring Security

Cycle Touring Bike Security

Cycle Touring Bike Security Let me be the first to admit that if there were a spectrum of sentiment about bike security then I would be near one end, the end marked “Paranoid”.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around in a perpetual xenophobic haze believing that every stranger

Cycle Touring Security

Let’s Go Camping! (again)

Part 1 – Background & Our First Outing Let’s start by saying that we’re not experienced campers, we’re not even really outdoor types but we have always been seduced by the ‘call of the wild’ and the romanticism of sleeping under the stars being at one with nature in an

Around the World in 80 Months?

It’s Now or Never So, the time has come; the time of the realisation that there is no tomorrow.  We are aged 54 and 58 and, as Elvis would have said, it’s Now or Never. That’s the opening para with the necessary melodrama done, so here comes the clarity of

Cycle Touring in Australia – First Musings

Time to go Cycle Touring in Australia? We have a hitlist of places that we feel we should have been to but haven’t; in Europe there’s Vienna (it means nothing to me), Prague and Copenhagen; there’s anything North of Napa on the US West Coast that we’ve seen and the

The Case for Safety Razors

Safety Razors vs Disposables For me it started about 3 years ago with the desire for a closer shave and an undeniable love for quality engineering that first put a safety razor back in my hand.  I was surprised at how much better it is than my usual Gillette Mach 3,

Flags on Bikes!

The Success of the Flags on our Bikes Of the selection offered in the pack, it seemed obvious to fit the Union Jack as the flag behind the bike, but after our first small shake-down ride, it also felt a touch crass and jingoistic.  Maybe it was the influence of

I love the smell of Nam Pla in the morning

  The Thais don’t really do breakfast as we would know it and where breakfasts are available, it’s generally because there is a Falang presence in the area and it’s that market that’s being catered for.  But when you get into the areas where a white face is unusual then

The Journey Back to Pattaya – Pt 1

Well, we’re back in Surat Thani now for one night. Koh Samui was interesting to see but, as I suggested, I doubt if we’ll ever go back. It feels good to be back in “Thailand” if you catch my drift. Although I can bang on sometimes about cost, I’m only

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Nha Trang to Singapore v5

Off for a little bike ride

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3817.4 km, +15965 m. Starts in Cam Ranh, Tỉnh Khánh Hòa

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BikeDynamics - Bike Fitting Specialists - DIY Guide

Spent half the day planning the winter ride. Nowhere near finalised but getting very excited.

In preparation we decided to get a bit more serious about a bike fit because we were both getting a ... See more

Do it Yourself Dynamic Bike Fitting using Simple Tools and Measurements

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New Bars = New Fit

An interesting and very satisfying exercise.

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Breakfast can wait. Kitchen has been temporarily repurposed 😎🔧

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