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…on a new Ridgeback, then on to Hayes and Gateshead

Things looked bleak last week for Simon Hood and there was a real possibility that his Bicycle Kicks quest to spend a season following his team to every game in the country by bike to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society would come to a grinding halt before it had even started.

Despite the best efforts of Kona UK and the regulars of the Schoolboy pub in Norton – who got him back on the road when the spigot supporting the rack on his Kona Sutra snapped – he was stuck with a broken bike and a series of tricky away fixtures that meant he needed to get back in the saddle by Sunday.

We didn't want to see him have to stop before he'd got started so we stuck out an SOS for an emergency back-up bike and the guys at Ridgeback rode to the rescue. Via his local bike shop (and one of his sponsors) Cycle Heaven they sorted him out with one of their Ridgeback Horizon tourers. Si went down to pick it up on Saturday and the good omens continued to stack up for him as York won two – nil against Forest Green Rovers.

“I'd really like to thank Albert at Madison for helping me out like this at such short notice, and Andy at Cycle Heaven for building the bike up for me so quickly too, they've both been incredible” he told us on Saturday. 

Si is now out on the road on a two week marathon that will tack in Wrexham on Tuesday, then down to the London suburbs for Hayes and Yeading on Saturday, followed by a quick sprint up to Gateshead for Tuesday for a fixture brought forward from Bank Holiday Monday to accommodate an athletics meeting. Last we heard he was heading west. By the time he gets back to York a re-fettled Kona Sutra could be waiting for him. Madison have told him that he can raffle the bike off at the end of the season. Nice one!

You can follow Si's adventure via his website at www.bicyclekicks.co.uk/ and his twitter feed twitter.com/bicyclekicks, and you can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/bicyclekicks/

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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G-bitch [327 posts] 7 years ago
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Wow, that's exactly the weakness that many reviewers have picked up on with Kona (and other) disc equipped tourers that haven't got a decent rear rack fitting solution. Just goes to show that one weakness/bad idea on the drawing board might just ruin your tour....

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bicyclekicks [12 posts] 7 years ago
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I should point out that Andy at Cycle Heaven has also supplied me with a solid Topeak rack which should do the trick on my new Kona frame. Also, it's a Ridgeback Voyage, ie a better model, hope Albert knows this!.....

I'm just east of Chester, so a simple 25 mile tootle tomorrow.

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hammergonewest [105 posts] 7 years ago
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Nice looking bike Si, so how does it compare to the Kona?

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bicyclekicks [12 posts] 7 years ago
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It's very solid, up over the Pennines, Shropshire Hills, Cotswolds, Chilterns and North York Moors in a little over a week. No fishtailing at all with a full load. Neat gearchange on the brake levers. Really nice bike, well put together down to the mudguards and how the pump is stowed. A proper tourer.

The Kona is a lot more idiosyncratic, but I love my idiosyncracies.