Finishing the prepwork

The World Rickshaw Taxi received some nice finishing touches yesterday and today the final bit of preparation is nearing completion.

The World Rickshaw Taxi all prepared

Some prop’r signage:

The signage for the World Rickshaw Taxi was finally completed after a fairly long frustrating three week wait. The signage including a printed 4mm double-sided corrugated back-board and some printed vinyl stickers for the frame and 247 Airport Transfer sponsor on the side.

These we picked up yesterday from York, and the quality of the print was better than I expected.

Once we got home, we carefully stuck on the vinyl stickers. This requires special care to ensure that the vinyl sticker doesn’t have creases or air bubbles, especially sinces it’s permanent. It’s difficult to undo once it has adhered to any surface – including itself and trying to recover just results in a stretched mess.

We was told by the sign makers the best way of placing the sticker, is temporarily affixing the sticker using masking tape and using a plastic credit card push the sticker down along the middle of the sticker. We managed to accomplish this successfully, with only a few tiny air bubbles. The results speak for itself!

Rickshaw Advertising at its best

The backboard in place, the rickshaw looks more complete.

rickshaw_advertising_world_rickshaw_taxi

Little extras

I also met with Adam again from Cycle Heaven in York – who sold me his rickshaw and has been of great help since. I went to pick up some extra spares and quite importantly a heavy duty tyre lever to lift the very tight moped tyres off. I also collected some wheel hubs which I cleaned up to a nice shine to really give that professional finish to the rickshaw.

Caped up!

My mum has been working on a home made cycling cape to keep me bone dry when the tropical monsoons hit. In the past, I have found cycling jackets and water-poof coats have never been great and leave you either wet from the rain or from your own perspiration.

Instead, we decided to make a cycling poncho with the waterproof canvas fabric used for the rickshaw canopy.

Cycling Poncho

Cycling Poncho

The end result!

My home for a year bought

After trying out some tents at Go-Outdoors, I decided to go with the Vango Banshee 200 based on recommendations from my friend James, at University. This is a two man tent and I found it spacious enough height for my 6ft body with enough space for my plastic storage boxes at the side of me. Head height seems fair compared to previous tents I’ve used in the past. From experience, I always would recommend +1 for the size of a tent – a cramp tent is an unhappy tent.

The other major feature I likened to, not exclusive to this tent, was aluminium poles. Every fibre-glass pole I’ve used in the past has fractured at the end, and this is something I didn’t want ever again.

The only reservation I do have is the thin ground sheet, which even with a very fine weave I think will be susceptible to holes especially on rocky hard ground over the coarse of a year. In the past, I was told by an experienced cycle tourist in Holland, that an additional ground sheet should be used on rough ground to prevent holes.

The tent was bought for £80 with their price match promise. A home for a year – I cannot complain.

I’ll probably post a review on this later on my journey.