My trusty companion for this trip is a 1991 Apollo Enduro mountain bike purchased in Melbourne, Australia for some touring I did there, long before I knew what I was doing. One of my first discoveries was that the brakes on bikes in the antipodes are mounted opposite to how we do it here – it took a little getting used to, but luckily I never had an over-the-handlebars incident because of that.
I have ridden this bike on several tours over the years:
2006: around the maritimes of Canda – Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick.
2007: Quesnel to Haida Gwaii and Kispiox, BC
2008: Quesnel to Bella Coola, BC
2009: Quesnel to Horsefly, BC, up the Quesnel River
Now, thanks to the help of Randy Hornfeldt, Aaron Read, John Courtney, and Mark Shields, my bike has been transformed into a slick and sophisticated touring machine. The bike was stripped down to the frame, and sanded, primed and painted a lovely retro turquoise. I have 2 new wheels, new-to-me brakes, a complete new drive train with an internally-geared rear hub, a new saddle, a dynamo front hub to power my iPhone and charge my AA and AAA batteries, clip-in pedals, PINK brake cables, full-coverage fenders, a LOUD air horn, and likely a few more fancy luxuries I am forgetting. Check it out: