Wednesday, 26 December 2012

New Things Started this Year.

Well after My poor start to the year I start a FaceBook Group MountainBikeTaupo about helping more people in Taupo and coming to Taupo enjoy Mountain Biking in and About Taupo.
At this time we are a group of 52 with more joining all the time.
We got into the Taupo Times (newspaper) and plan on start post flyer's about Taupo Bicycle Shop's.
If You are coming to Taupo please Join Up..  :-)

Taupo Times




Tuesday, 25 December 2012

End of TDA!

Here are some more Photo's

Last Photo's before getting ill and flying of to Kenya
Bike parked up in Hotel room waiting to be parked up for home.

Time to move on and go cycling solo :)

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Well I have been working long hour's and saving up some money so that I can go Cycle Touring about the South Island of New Zealand later next year.
I'm planning on a short on/off road tour close to Taupo next week (if my new bag's make it in time)
I would like to wish all the reader's of my blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I hope not to get suck again next year!  :)  and i'm looking forward to new thing's




Sunday, 2 September 2012

Some Photo's of My Nomad set up

Here are some Photo's of My new Bike.

Handlebar's all taped up.

And up close.

Small detail of cut away in Fender to fit over V-Brake cable.

Club Number Plate (so people know I'm from Taupo).

G.P.S. mounted up to help with Cycle Touring.

Overall Set up for Cycle Touring in New Zealand (if I got back to Africa with TDA)



1st Day of Spring

Well in New Zealand the 1st of September is the 1st Day of Spring, It was also my 1st long ride after getting sick back in February this year.
44 km's of 40% of Back Road and 60% Off Road, over 540 metre's of climbing.
My new bike is almost set up right just have to adjust Handlebars.

Over Looking Lake Taupo to the Mountain's and Snow!

Parked up for Lunch

Over looking Bay below (160metre's)



Saturday, 4 August 2012

1st Ride on New Bike!

Well today is a new start with cycle touring, travel.
My new bike is set up for Mountain Biking and weekend offroad camping trip's.
I have a pair of steel fork's for longer cycle tour's
Not finished but up and running.

Before Ride.

My odd looking "Jeff Jones Loop" handlebars

My little "KIWI" bag off my "Africa Bike"

Out Mountain Biking, testing bike.


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Bike build.

Well at last I have start putting my from box's of parts to make up my new Touring Bike.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

New Thorn Nomad

Well late this afternoon my new Thorn Nomad touring/Mountain Bike frameset was drop off to me, and the wheels and fork's are on so far.


Kiwi Pete's Kayaking Safari

Well today was a wet (and very cold) day, Good for 1st paddle in my new Kayak. I had Warren (a good friend) come and watch me for safely
 (thanks for standing out in the rain) I try out "Eskimo Rolling" and after having not kayaked for over 8 year's I can still roll up ok (just have to practice more)
Can not wait until next weekend to go for a good long paddle and play..

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Wheel Building Weekend

Well I have been busy this weekend building up new wheels with Rohloff hub rear and Phil Wood front. Rim Mavic 819 UST
All for my new Thorn Nomad which I hope will be in my hands Monday night, I hope to have My new bike finished and be riding it next weekend.

New Wheels with NOS 2.25" XR tyre's


Monday, 11 June 2012

New Bicycle Build Started

Well after a lot of thinking and reading I have ordered my new bicycle frame set it is a Thorn Nomad MK2 with a Rohloff Speedhub (geared hub).
It's going to be Yellow and build to go all day any day with a Load!
I picked up my new Rohloff hub today and have to lace up my new wheel's
The funny thing is the new hub Number is almost made 100000 after my old Rohloff hub? see photo's below :-)

My Old Rohloff Hub

My New Rohloff Hub awaiting for me to lace up!


Monday, 4 June 2012

TDA 2012 Slide Show Updated!

Cool I was in Africa after all?

If you look close at the start i'm in this Youtube clip (only until end of Sudan) after all the planning and saving to get to Africa (again) I only saw North Africa (again) ! YES i'm lucky to be a live (thanks to one lady)!

Do I plan to go back??
Which year?
No idea?
I have to save all over again!
Will I be going with TDA?
No idea! I may go Solo touring about Africa to save my money??
Was the part of TDA that I did good?
Next step for me?
Find a new job, save money again, and see :-)
Was my bike good for TDA??
OK for the part that I did!
Would I use it again?

So I have started building a new bike for Mountain Biking and Touring in New Zealand, It will be my Bike for my next Trip to Africa too.
Thanks all that have been reading my Blog.
I'll be still writing and cycle touring in NZ and Oversea's so i'll be updating a long the way.


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Review of Cycling. Updated

Well i'm still looking to change my bicycle around more as a tourer for loaded camping trips and harder off road riding. With the Surly I keep hitting the front wheel with my foot and can not going around corners fast off road because of this.
So it's looking that a Thorn Sherpa MK3 with STD gears, a Thorn Ripio, or a Thorn Nomad MK2 and going back to a Rohloff Speedhub.
The Ripio is more a Mountain Bike that is designed to carrier a touring load and can be charged about for tour only to MTB only.
The Nomad MK2 is desgined as Tour/Mountain Bike with Rohloff gear hub, so can also be charged around to!
The Sherpa MK3 is more a all rounder/Tourer.

Thorn Sherpa (note this is a MK2)

Thorn Nomad MK2

Can be builded up like this for MTBing or as a Tourer  (this is the lighter Nomad MK2 X)

Like this for Touring

Or a Touring/MTB cross

Its hard which way to go, it may end up being a cost thing in the end?
After thinking about things and all the laying around in bed (overseas) i'm looking to go back to cycle touring for fun.
Yes I would like to finish Tour d'Afrique, and if I can find the time and money again i'll be back to finish the tour. But one of these bikes will still be good for TDA and the Nomad can have Suspension forks on it! so it down to which one?


Well I have got a New Rohloff Speedhub and Ordered a Yellow Thorn Nomad MK2.

Thorn Sherpa

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Friday, 11 May 2012


Back home at last! in Taupo.
Time to find a new job and start saving for my next cycle trip.


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Old Mountain Bike Training Route.

Well I got out for my 2nd ride today leg's ok after 310 metre's of climbing, cycling in loose dirt with road tyres on was hard work going down some of the down hills!

Love New Zealand

Only about 10 metre's of the old dirt road left

Over looking Orewa

Parked be the Seaside


Looking back to Orewa, almost Home.

I just rode 19.6 kilometers! Check it out on Strava:


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Updating of My Bicycle

Well I have been looking to update my bike a little, would like a better frame! with 3 x bottle mounts, more room for bigger tyres, a little shorter top tube, etc.
Its looking like i'll have to get one made for me.. But the cost is to High for Me at this Point so i'm working on one of 3 framesets to run with?

1st is by Cotic - U.K.

A Cyclocross designed by a Mountain Biker
Room for 42mm or 1.6" x 700c Tyres
Only Two drink Bottle's but the two are on the down tube?
Can fit the 3rd on top of stem with a King mount*

2nd is by Black Mountain Cycles - U.S.A.

A Mountaincrosser or Monstercross
Room for 50mm or 1.9"x 700c
Only Two Bottle mounts in the STD place's? down tube and seat tube.
Can fit the 3rd on top of stem with a King mount*

3rd is by Thorn from St John's Cycles - U.K.

A touring bike designed by a cycle Tourer
 Room for 2.15" x 26" tyres
Comes with Three Bottle mount's STD
Seat tube, Top of Down tube, Under Down tube.

King mount*

Fit's on top of stem! But under stem top cap.


Luxor on the Nile Photo's

  Well here are some more Photo's this time from Luxor on the Nile

About to Sail up the Nile

The Captain? No :-)

This is the Ship's Captain (on the left)

Out on the Nile

A few of the Crew??

No to of the TDA riders

Jana Dumas

Sun setting

O" Sunset over the Nile.

Night on the Nile with Gennesse, Jana, Me, and Femke

A great night sail on the Nile, But very cold at the end!


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Saturday, 21 April 2012


Well i'm looking to get a kayak again.
I live only 550 metres for Reids Farm (river play spot) and kayaking is good for upper body fitness, also good to do on wet days.
So i'll see.


Me in my Old Creek Boat (not that easy to play in Wave's but so Fun)

Yes that's Me Playing in a Hole! Fun! Fun!