The only material that can be forged into a diamond geometry that offers the most durable, load-bearing bike frame at an affordable price. And so, after hours of painstaking research, I settled on putting my faith in the good people at Thorn Cycles in Bridgewater, Somerset, to build a bike that will withstand the many bumps, pot holes, uneven dirt tracks and all the abuse that terra firma can inflict along the winding road ahead. With 35 kilos on the front and rear pannier racks combined and another 80 kilos (I could lose a few!) on the saddle, it has to. Otherwise it’s going to be a very long walk indeed.
Introducing my – fully loaded – trusty steed, the lovely Sherpa ‘Kaldi’: