As the temperature drops down to zero again and the fading memory of March days only one year ago, when we were cycling in shorts and indulging on a first 2012 ice cream seems so out of place.. well, we are more into some practical things.
Thanks to Zygmunt’s from Coffee Cranks and his enthusiasm (and his well equipped workshop) we’ve started to build an spare wheel type of trailer, the second major piece of hardware for our journey! It is loosely based on a diy Extra Wheel design, build from old bike parts and a shopping trolley (courtesy of Asda). So we won’t need to spend some £200+ for a new one, have fun and learn some quite impressive metallurgical skills on the way… (and I am not mentioning the supply of highly acclaimed Crank lemon tea throughout the day).
Being reluctant at the beginning about the reliability of such a creation, especially in a long run, I must admit that seeing the brute force the trolley withstand while dismantling it first and then bending some of the rods in desired shapes, it is close to being bomb-proof – shopping is an extreme activity after all. Now I am sure it will be worthy of the challenge. We thought at the beginning it is made of stainless steel that gives the racks a classical 50’s chrome-like touch. That, however, proved very naïve as after few attempts of welding two rods together.. well, quite soon actually, the plastic coating started to melt away, producing highly toxic fumes. So finishing earlier and slightly light-headed we hope to finalize it after Zygmunt comes back from Poland..