Touring Bicycle, Specs and Reviews
For the gear geeks like me out there. Here is a full list of my custom built bicycle I used to cycle more 25,000 kilometres.
My bike was built by Dream Cycle in Vancouver, Canada.
Asterisks by my favourite pieces of gear.
Please note that this gear list is just a guide.
Crankset: Sugino Single Speed crank
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN55
Pedals: Shimano A324 touring pedals
Chain: SRAM PC1
Tensioner: Rohloff Chain tensioner
Spokes/nipples: Sapim Strong Single butt, DT-Swiss brass nipples
Disc rotor front: Avid BB7 bolt Rotor
Disc rotor rear: Rohloff disc brake rotor, 4 bolt
Front Hub: *Schmidt Son Dynamo disc hub
Rear Hub: *Rohloff disc hub, OEM axle plate, eternal shifting
Rim, pair: DT Swiss TK540 36 hole
Rim tape: Schwalbe cloth
Tire, pair: *Schwalbe Marathon 700x32
Seatpost: VO Grand Cru Seatpost 27.2
Stem: VO Gran Cru stem
Handlebar: Nitto Noodle bar
Grips,Tape: Brooks leather bar wrap, Fizik bar gel
Headset: Chris King Northreadset silver
Shifter mount: Hubbub bar end adapter
Shifter cables: included
Brake Levers: SRAM S500 Road brake lever
Brake Callipers: Avid BB& Disc brakes front and rear
Brake cables: included
Rack, rear: Tubus Cargo Evo Black
Rack, front: Tubus Duo lowrider black
Fenders: SKS P45 silver
Stack spacers: 1 1/8 silver/black
Skewers: Pitlock anti-theft skewers
Cable stops: Shimano cable stops
USB charger: Supernova USB Plug
Where to invest: Good, strong wheels. Excellent tires. Schwalbe Marathon for the win! A comfortable bike seat. Brooks Saddles in my experience are well worth the price tag. Also make sure the bike fits you. Cycling eight hours a day is difficult, even when you have a bike fitting.
Rohloff: Loved it! Cons: Difficult to find parts, more difficult to find a mechanic who can work on it. Pros: Super reliable, no issues during 25,000km of riding. In depth user and maintenance manual.
Surly Frame: Amazing! Cons: ...heavy...? But it's a touring bike, so duh! Pros: Comfortable, durable, aesthetically pleasing.
Schmidt Son Dynamo and Schmidt Edelux front, B&M Seculite rear: So convient to have lights that were powered by the spinning of the front wheel. Cons: Extra cables, set up can be a little finicky if you are not the best mechanic such as myself. Pros: The drag of the front wheel is near unnoticeable, and the lights are extremely bright.
Tubas racks: Solid. Cons: Paint chipped resulting in slight rusting over time. Pros: Super durable.
Ortlieb Classics: Fantastic! Cons: Not a lot of options within the bag, ie not a lot of pockets or zippers. Pros: Not a lot of options within the bag, ie not a lot of pockets or zippers. Waterproof. Durable. Crashed a few times with these bags and even got hit by car. No holes!
Picklock anti-theft skewers: Bike never got stolen! Cons: Depending on rack, getting the key into the skewer can be difficult. Pros: Extra theft prevention for expensive hubs.
Nitto Noddle Bar: So comfortable. Cons: Um...? Pros: Creates plenty of hand positions
Supernova USB Plug: Would not use this again. Batteries on devices are getting better and better. External battery packs are small and light. Coffee shops are every and have customary electricity. Cons: Charge is slow. Pros: Charge on the go
Brooks leather bar wrap: Would not use this again. Degraded and became slimy. Cons: Difficult to re-wrap, expensive. Pros: Looks good
The most important part? GO ON THE ADVENTURE!