The most important thing about a bike trip of course is… the bike. This is how mine looked just a few weeks ago.
It improved a bit after a paint job.
And with the addition of a few important bits, its was all ready 2 weeks ago.
This is it – a custom built bike by Robin Mather. I can only be blamed for the colour choice.
All it needs is a rack, two Ortlieb Panniers, and some bags now ready for me in Banff, made by Scott from Porcelain Rocket.
For bike nerds, the frame is Reynolds Steel with Sandsmachine couplers and a Rohloff drop-out. The rims are Rigida Grizzlies (hopefully the only Grizzlies I’ll encounter out there), built on a Rohloff speedhub on the rear, and a SON Dynamo hub on the front. Front brake is an Avid Elexir hydraulic disk brake, rear is XT rim brake. The weird looking seatpost is a Cane Creek suspension post. The cranks are Shimano XT with outboard bearings, the pedals XTR. The front suspension fork (replacing a lovely rigid fork made for me by Robin) is a Magura Odur. The handlebars are straight H-Bars from Jeff Jones.