I have now acquired the donor bike.
This is how it happened. Eleanor is returning from Holland where she has been working at this place
where they churn out around 5,000 videos a year.
She had three years of accumulated gubbins so being a dad I said that I would drive the Dad car (Passat estate) to Amsterdam to pick her and all her gear up. It is an hour from here to Harwich, six hours on the ferry and an hour at the other end. The Price is £280 for me and the car.
So on Monday I caught the nine o'clock ferry to the Hook of Holland.
I went from the UK's largest container port of Felixtowe to the worlds largest container port of Rotterdam.
Talk about big engineering. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip
the crossing was as smooth as a smooth thing
then to Rotterdam and even more impressive big engineering.
off the ferry
After loading Eleanors gear and her two bikes into the car we headed back towards Rotterdam to a place called megabikes - it is a big discount warehouse where they have thousands of bikes in stock. I was looking for something for a big bloke, sit up style, strong frame, big racks, three gears
the shop spreads across three properties along one street.
the salesman was almost my age, nice man, we walked around until he found a bike that suited my purposes. I told him that I had 400 euros to spend and he got 399 euros out of me.
We loaded the bike onto the roof of the Dad wagon
It is branded Lowland which is a Netherlands sports wear company - there must have been some deal in the past where they bought a lot of bikes and rebadged them
I removed the stickers and revealed that the bike is from BSP_
which is a big well respected bike maker in Holland.
the bike I bought for 399 euros is the Viking which normally sells for 569 euros
the blokes in the shop were wonderful to deal with. They all think I am crackers to try to convert a bike to lekkie. The reaction from them all was an upwards rolling of the eyes.
We shall see how it goes. Next part is to buy the lekkie bits.
PS - I would rather be sailing in Scotland