Hi All.

Friday was the day I left London and headed out to Essex to catch up with Rod and Chris. 

I meet Rob and Chris in Afan south wales in 2013 on my way to India.

We have kept in touch since then and they have kindly invited me out to theirs to stay and ride with them. 

 

 Bike on the train. Just put it anywhere they said.

Bike on the train. Just put it anywhere they said.

it was a 40 min journey from Liverpool st station to get out to Rayleigh. 

 

 Rob getting the bikes ready for a ride over to meet Michael Travers at the 2012 Olympic course.

Rob getting the bikes ready for a ride over to meet Michael Travers at the 2012 Olympic course.

Chris meet me at the station ans we headed home to drop of my luggage.

Rob came home early and we bikes over to the track, about 40 min away. 

I had arranged to meet with Michael to view and test out his bikes. 

Mike had a fatty, tandem and a 29er plus range of Ti bikes for me to look over.

 

 29er plus tandem   

29er plus tandem

 

 Fat bike and 29er plus

Fat bike and 29er plus

Mike is the designer of the bikes and they are made in China. Mike has worked with 3 manufacturers to find the right one. The quality of the welding was top notch. He also has a carbon fork made to his design and the whole package was awesome.

The fat bike with the next carbon rims is 10.1kg ready to roll. 

The track is very smooth with man made rock features so nothing to really tax the bike, but it climbed like a rocket and had a awesome trail based geometry.

Current frame price is 1400 ukp. Good value I think, better if our dollar was not out the ass.

Check them out at www.traversbikes.com

 

  We then headed from the track round to Hadleigh castle 

 

This site overlooks the Thames estuary and out to sea.

 

 Looking down towards South end on Sea

Looking down towards South end on Sea

When then headed back home and stopped into the local for a pint. As you do!

 

 Rob displaying the Brew Dog punk IPA we found.  Best beer in the UK to date.    

Rob displaying the Brew Dog punk IPA we found.

Best beer in the UK to date. 

 

 Next best. Both these beers re out in front by a long way

Next best. Both these beers re out in front by a long way

Well, a very good start to the holiday, thanks to Rob and Chris. 

Cheers Pete  

 Wicked views. 

Wicked views. 

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