If you are going to cycle tour far from home with a bike that needs special parts, it is a good idea to have a relationship with a bike shop willing to help out when things go sideways. If you are going to cycle tour with a Brompton, you should get to know Redbeard Bikes in Brooklyn. Not only are they a great shop for Bromptons (and road bikes), they managed to deliver new tires to India in 8 days! Amazing.
Dmitry hit a two-inch piece of metal outside Bentota, Sri Lanka that ripped through his tire, and I had a blow out in my tire wall two days later, just outside Colombo. We’d brought two spares thinking it was unlikely we’d need them, then blew through both (literally!) in less than a week.
Now that we are re-equipped, we are ready to get back in the saddle and back on the road. We are sad to leave Pondicherry – it is a lovely town – but excited for the next adventure.