A machine for the job

Much deliberation has gone into building this bicycle for its intended purpose. To many a bike is a bike and indeed any would complete the journey eventually, but I wanted one that fitted me like a glove,a joy to ride,and with it the knowledge that I had bought together some of the finest parts available to complete mankind’s greatest invention.
There will be some who have little or no interest in componentry,which is entirely understandable,but for those with an interest in such matters there follows a sum of parts.They have certainly come together to produce my dream machine.

Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker (steel)
Drive chain: SRAM Apex-double chain ring,11/32 block,cranks derailleur,bottom bracket,brake levers and chain.
Gear change: Suntour down tube friction shifters
Headset:Chris King
Handlebars:Nitto Noodles.Stem and seat post both by Nitto
Wheels: Built by David of DCR wheels.exal LX 17 rims,Sapim race spokes,Royce Titan hubs
Saddle: Brooks B17 Special
Brakes: Avid shorty ultimates
Rack: Nitto big rack
Panniers: Ortlieb
Bar bag and tool bag both by Carradice



Bike box beginnings.

It all starts with with a ruse; an attempt to fool Norwegian airlines into thinking that a cardboard box is something much more substantial. Hand crafted in Kidwelly, South Wales over two days, the box is born to serve a one way trip to Tromso in the Arctic circle. Will it pass the test? We shall see.