The Easter weekend was not complete without some Obree-esque fettling of the tag-along. Family and friends have become fiercely protective of their washing machines, inspecting them upon my departure to ensure I’ve not amputated the main bearing for an improved Q factor! I have mounted some Smica micro ends inboard of the grips to give Joshua alternative hand positioning and more crucially, shelter from the wind that leaves him rather chill after a few miles. Removing the majority of the chain guard has improved chain alignment and addresses the problem of the plastic binding against the spokes.

I’ve worked out, factoring a pannier festooned with Kryptonite New York chain, Squire U lock, patch kit, spare tubes, pump, multi-tool etc into the equation that I am hauling an additional eight stone with Joshua and the tag-along-great for resistance training-especially with the dynohub but demanding lower gears on the climbs. That said, he and I have an understanding when daddy starts grrrrning, Joshie gets a churning-namely taking up the slack. High time I got him sorted with and competent aboard a solo too methinks…




Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)