As I sit typing, I’m listening to the sweet Scottish brogue of Ivor Cutler describing ‘Life in a Scotch Sitting Room’ on a 1970’s John Peel session. I’ve recently rediscovered his work after a long break, facilitated by the advent of Mp3’s. Although now deceased, Cutler’s work has always impressed me by virtue of its dogged simplicity. He said that a lot of his work was inspired by what he saw as the unfairness meted out on children by the adult world.
Ivor’s poetry and songs are the perfect way to enjoy idle moments – this afternoon it started while I was cleaning the bike. I’ve managed to get out on a short, 17 mile ride this afternoon to test out the new bits and pieces that I’ve fitted in recent weeks; the Brooks saddle is supremely comfortable, the new bar tape equally so, and another, less visible tweak has been the truing of my wheels by Matt at Lifecycle UK in Bildeston. Although only bought last summer, both wheels were out of true by Christmas, and the rear one significantly so. They are now running smoother than ever.
The saddle bag doesn’t seem to add that much noticeable weight, and the extra carrying capacity is great.