|Now *that* is an LP cover!|
Mick, driving, went ‘Oh yeah - Disraeli gears!’ meaning derailleur gears...we all just fell over! We said that’s got to be the album title.”
The quote above is from the celebrated and feared drummer/headcase Mr. Ginger Baker, who was remembering how the title of Cream's 1967 LP came about. Perhaps you had to be there, hah-hah-hah!
Never mind all that old (and excellent) pony, this blog update will perhaps only be of passing interest to gearheads/bike nerds and fans of Cream only, hence the tenuous title link. What a Venn Diagram that lot would make.
Believe it or not, there will be other deranged folk out there who will want to ride a similar jaunt to this one and it can be helpful to see just how others have done it...what kit they have taken etc.. It might equally provoke sharp intakes of breath with a muttered "Nope, I wouldn't have taken/would have taken that". Anyway, here goes...
|Cheers Gordon, hah-hah!|
|The Yellow Peril, as at August 2016. Just add panniers.|
|CG with Sir Wiggy Smalls in 2001.|
|New chain=clean chain. 11-34 and 50-34 necessary for weaklings.|
|Not anticipating too much of this down-route.|
|There may well be days when I struggle to remember it.|
The bespoke spec'Frame: Aluminium 57cm Kinesis Racelight T2
Chainset: Shimano Sora 50-34, 170mm cranks
Pedals: Shimano M520 SPD
Handlebars: Kore 46cm
Bar Ends & Headset Cap: Kapz custom
Bar Wrap: Deda double-wrapped
Saddle: Probably 4ZA...whatever, it'll cause grief anyway
Panniers: Altura Dryline 32L
Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 800 & HR monitor
Beer: Long & cold, thanks.
The all-up weight of the bike with the panniers is 25kg and I add another 75kg, give-or-take. That is where the struggle is going to come, as any climbing has the double whammy of slowing things down and using up more energy and willpower i.e. burning matches faster than I'd really want to. Ah diddums...break-out the world's smallest violin etc.!
|Down near the bottom somewhere. Apt.|
|Those seat-stays were curved before I sat on it, ok?|
|One 'em' too many. D'oh!|
|Stuff all that lot in two panniers and away we go!|
|Hate this junk, but there may be an occasion when I need to 'break the glass'...|
|As mantras go I've seen worse. Marginal ale ahoy!|
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Alright then, back to Ginger, Eric and Jack. Did I ever tell you that I once asked JB for a handshake? The curmudgeonly old git refused and it damn near killed him to pose for a photo, hah-hah!
In fairness, he signed my setlist and he did play a blinding show too, in Kendal of all places. I'll finish with perhaps their finest, and certainly one of *the* great riffs...
|Lucky to have been there: Cream's first reunion show at The RAH. Right, Rog?|