First up I'd would like to thank you all for following my blog this year and your comments. This year I re discovered the joys of cycle touring again after a long break, in the past I have done a couple of 3000 km long distance tours but for many years due to work commits my touring dreams were put on hold. But this year I was able to get out often for overnight trips and a 5 day tour into Fukushima and back that was fantastic, one of the best short distance tours I have ever done. This year I have also started bike packing using bags that attach directly to the frame rather than racks etc. Personally now I prefer the bike packing style as it makes you think more about what you really need to carry on extended trips etc. As many of you will notice I now do all of my cycling on a single speed 29 inch MTB rather than my Fathers 1947 Humber sports which is now on display at a local bicycle theme cafe . I still love vintage bicycles and 3 speeds but for the type of cycling I now do the single speed MTB is perfect.
What does next year hold ? - well over this winter I am planning to change to a slighter bigger frame as I currently ride a 16 inch frame and have found a nice 17 inch frame that will suit me better plus I can fit a larger frame bag which will allow me to carry more water for long distance tours. My cycling companion Brian has also caught the single speed MTB bug and we have both decided to enter the single speed MTB Japan open which will be held in late Oct and for the first time this event will be held on this side of Japan with the course being located in the famous ski resort town of Hukuba, so maybe a bike packing trip to the race and back could be in order ! Both of us have also decided to take part in 1100km The Great Southern Brevet which is held close to my home town in the South Island of New Zealand in 2015 , so I will be spending a lot of time next year bikepacking.
Finally I would like to wish you and all your family a very Happy New Year
& safe cycling.
Keep your chain lubed !
139, a photo by premopies on Flickr.