Archive | June 2012

The bike – or is it?

I’d mentioned previously that my Cube X Race Pro was going to get used for the trip, but I’m having second thoughts. I’ve got a steel hardtail, and I thought perhaps a steel road bike would be comfy an fast for the whole route.

However…

I’ve always lusted after a titanium frame, and as luck would have it Van Nicholas do a full bike of their Mistral for a very good price. Titanium is as comfy as steel or even moreso, but considerably lighter, so the full bike weight is comparable to that of my Cube. This bike is on order for a test ride, and once received I’ll know whether I’ll have a new bike to get used to.

The bag

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I am now at the stage where I have my luggage sorted. I’ve continued with the ‘Best of British’ theme with a Carradice Camper Longflap, which I think makes a versatile and lighter alternative to a rack and pannier and goes nicely with my Brooks saddle. I was restricted by not having rack mounts on my Cube, and the bag I’ve gone for is more than big enough for all my stuff.

First impressions – it wobbles a bit and takes a while to attach, but it’s very well made and goes well with the Brooks. However, the ensemble doesn’t suit the bike, so I may accelerate my next bike purchase…