In March 2012, I left my home in Gloucestershire, UK, to cycle around the world. I have no idea how long this will take ...

What kind of bike do you have?

My bike is a Dawes Galaxy made in 1997. Dawes is the manufacturer, Galaxy is the model. I bought it in 2008 second-hand on eBay for ¬£320. In fact, it was my 18th birthday present. Briefly, the frame is steel, the handlebars are dropped, V-brakes (no discs), no suspension, derailleur gears (no Rohloff hub), 28 inch wheels and weighs roughly 13kg. It is by no means the Rolls-Royce of bikes. It is only a very strong, simple contraption: always reliable and easy to fix. ¬†Click my ‘how I came to have my bike‘ post for an ode to my beginning on two wheels.