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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

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March 27, 2010

Dawes vs Cannondale

The Dawes was more comfortable, but needs a few tweaks to make it into the real deal. The tires, the wheel hubs or spokes and the saddle need changing, and we would need to buy racks.

The Cannondale was a good bike, and it comes with everything a touring bike needs. Schwalbe tires, Tubus racks, and a Brooks saddle, as well as stronger spokes. These are all top of the range, and somewhat surprisingly they are touted almost unanimously by experienced touring cyclists despite their notoriously contrarian views.

Another clinching factor is that if something were to break spare parts of the Cannondale should be much easier to find because Cannondale is made in the US, while Dawes is a small English company.

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