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Lovely Leadhills and its Super Silver Band…

25th May 2016 InnerTuba 0

The picture says it all… Now Leadhills Silver Band is the highest band above sea level in Scotland – indeed, we think, in the UK.  It’s just a mile away from here: Reason enough, you might think, for a cycling Tuba Player to want to visit.  More than this, having […]

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Kindnesses when needed….

23rd May 2016 InnerTuba 0

In large part, the reason for InnerTuba’s existence is to rise to musical and cycling challenges. Inevitably that means –  fairly routinely –   facing situations a tad beyond the comfort zone, in pursuit of its overall aims.  On my arrival at the campsite in Biggar, I was well and truly uncomfortable…. Soaking wet and very […]

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Some things just take balls….

21st May 2016 InnerTuba 0

…and magnetised ones, at that ! So says supremo musical instrument repairer / restorer Bryce Ferguson of South Edinburgh based http://www.brassandwoodwind.co.uk. No, it’s not his philosophy of life; rather it’s his recommendation for  removing many of the dents in my 1985 vintage Besson Sovereign 982 EE flat Tuba. Here’s Bryce surrounded by instruments […]

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An evening with Edinburgh Concert Band

20th May 2016 InnerTuba 0

So, as I was crossing the Forth Road Bridge approaching Edinburgh, a couple of fitness fanatical runners stopped to enquire about InnerTuba.  “We are flute players”, they said…. Then I got this email from Tracey, sent via this website…. Hi Jon. I am one of the two flute playing runners that […]

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Laid Back Pitstop….

17th May 2016 InnerTuba 0

Enjoying a few days leg resting, whilst servicing and carrying out minor repairs to the TubaTrike and TubaTrailer. Where better to hang out than with David and Irene Gardiner  of www.laid-back-bikes.scot ? Here’s David, outside his specialist recumbent and load bike and trike emporium. take a look inside… You can make out the […]

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A grand ride South to Edinburgh….

15th May 2016 InnerTuba 0

From the summit of the Drumochter Pass – the main road, rail and cyclepath route between the Northern and Southern mountains of the central Scottish Highlands – it felt like the top of the world this warm sunny evening…. A fast descent followed, picking up water from a clear flowing stream […]

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Now it's warming up !…..

10th May 2016 InnerTuba 0

After days battling the weather I’m now warming up again.  I took a week out following arrival in Inverness – more of which later – and am now peddling South again.   After a great night wildcamping in the woods I made my appointment to visit a Mark Goddard and […]

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That was cold and wet…..

1st May 2016 InnerTuba 0

…. which slowed things up somewhat on the 140 mile pedal through the Scottish Highlands from Thurso to Inverness…. ‘Twas a case of head down, try to keep warm and be grateful for help from folk who, en route, offered to let me stay in barns and caravans – thanks Bruce in […]