As any regular cycle tourer will know, it’s best to attach weight to the bike via carrying systems rather than carry it on your back. Unfortunately, only Ray had bike bags, so Angus and I were left cycling with heavy packs waggling about on our backs! Leaving the estate 4x4 tracks behind, we launched onto a fine section of single track traversing the moorland south of Fionn Loch. We were really beginning to have fun and the beautiful weather was adding to a special experience. The newly sponsored Merida mountain biker Angus was beginning to get to grips with his shiny new bike, and despite very little mountain biking experience was riding well. Ray, with his bohemian assortment of bike packing gear, was enjoying his first outing on an e-bike and everything was going beautifully. But bikes, as is there nature, always throw up a few hurdles. On one of the many rocky drainage features on the trail, Angus managed to bash his tubeless back wheel putting a little ding in his rim and a hole in his tyre. Easy enough to do, especially with such heavy bags. Angus had never changed an inner tube before and with Ray claiming he was purely on photographic duties the job came down to me to change the puncture. With sealant squirting out of the tyre and over my clothes I got my spare inner tube, inconveniently located at the bottom of my rucksack, into the tyre, pumped it up, and Angus was away again in no time. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later, and after I’d caught up with Angus and Ray again, it seemed that Angus had a slow puncture. Having travelled light and with only a short journey in, I’d only brought the one spare inner tube. Fortunately, the tyre was holding up long enough between re-inflations to limp us to the bothy and our camp-spot for the night.