Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shaving Space!


Not the most interesting of subjects, but an important one for the world traveller. What to take in terms of shaving kit and a wash bag. My home stuff generally comprises of a can of ‘Smelly’underarm stuff, a packet of disposable razors and a can of shaving cream. These tend to last a month or so and are quite bulky, but that’s no problem when the shops are at the end of the road and the bathroom cupboard has plenty of space. What I need for travel though is something a lot smaller that lasts a lot longer, which is more of a challenge.

Of course, being a biker and not likely to bump into anyone I know means I can stand the odd day minging like a stinker, or even grow a beard. The reality however is that I don’t suit a beard, and for my own sense of wellbeing I like to be semi-fresh at least. I looked at lots of ‘travel’ soaps etc., but these are basically a smaller can of the bulky stuff with less in for more money. Ok for a weekend in Paris and travel by fast jet, but not suitable for my purposes. I did some research and have come down on the following.

Roll on deoderant lasts a hell of a lot longer than the spray on stuff. I’m starting a new, er, tube? Pack? Thing? tomorrow and I’ll see how long it lasts. It’s certainly a lot smaller than a can of spray. The other item is a genuine straight razor, AKA the “cut throat” razor. I haven’t used one before, but if I can get used to it I’ll never need to buy another razor again. I like the eco-friendly idea of that, plus the convenience of never running our of razors combined with the lack of hassle with finding replacements. A small tube or razor oil is good for 100 shaves, or 6 months in my case!

Shaving in the bike mirrors with a cut-throat would also look uber-cool, but it’s got nothing to do with that. Oh no, of course not!

A day at the races.


Not much round the world planning going on lately. My travel buddy has been busy at wor kand so have I, but I managed to break it all up with a day at the races recently. I’ve been joining a sidecar team to help out while the regular passenger takes a break, but mechanical and time issues have prevented much actual racing. After missing a couple of events we actually managed to go racing!

It was massive fun and I highly recommend it! We didn’t have high hopes as we missed the practice and qualifying, starting at the back of the grid. That was ace as we passed quite a few and no-one passed us. The radiator cap sprung a leak but we finished the race, and considering we were held up on every lap the lap times were coming down all the time. Roll on the next event!