Bikes of GBDURO
August 12th 2021
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Location: From Leeds originally, spent too many years in Holland, now living in a big blue van. So wherever that is parked!Currently the UK.
Your bike: Canyon CF SLX - I'm cycling across a few countries, so figured a cross country bike would be the way to go. 100mm travel front and rear, a dropper post for if it gets a bit spicy, Pro Missile TT bars for comfort, and some 55mm Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge Tyres. Sram Eagle drivetrain to help the old knees. 36 tooth chainring upfront. Lezyne lights to help with visibility. Revelate Designs bags keeping everything stashed away. Wahoo Element Roam ( x2 ) for the directions.
Your key items of kit: I'm running the Patagonia MTB Dirt Roamer shorts and liner bibs, they are tried and tested, super comfy and they work. For a ride of this distance, I'm going comfort, not Aero. Also backing that up with their Dirt Roamer waterproof pants and jacket for the British summer weather. A Patagonia Micropuff jacket and gilet to keep things warm and some nano air pants for sleeping in. Sea to Summit Spark SpI bag for sleeping in backed up with Sea To Summit pad and MSR Bivvy. Powerpack to keep the electrics charged up and will also be running a Patagonia Slope Runner 8L trail running backpack with hydration, to help carry a little more food and water when needed. Mainly though, stashing cornish pasties in it. Backpack and bib shorts pockets will carry the spares I hope I won't need, some bits from Wolf Tooth and Crank Brothers in terms of tools. Some spare tubes, tie wraps, gaffer tape, and all the other bits.
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Your bike: 2019 Salsa Fargo. 1x SRAM with 36T up front and 11-42 out back. Wheels are from Paul of Porteur in Hove, Brighton.
Your key items of kit: A seat pack for the dry stuff and a home made frame bag for everything else. I run a SON 28 dynamo with an Exposure light set. I wear Albion clothing.
Location: West Lothian, Scotland
Your bike: Custom steel frame single speed 29er grav/MTB thing, Jones bars and aero gubbins, slippy slick Schwalbe G-One Speed tyres, Brooks Cambium gooch cooler saddle. Full mudguards.
Your key items of kit: Tarp, bivvy and down sleeping bag liner for the nights. One pair of shorts (rinsed of their sins at each checkpoint). Zoot suit. Mixture of bags from Sturdy Bags (front bag just for food), Custom Merit popcorn bags, Wee Cog frame Bag and a second hand Alpkit saddle bag from the olden days. Navigation by Garmin Edge 530, back up on watch and phone. 60,000mAh worth of battery packs, I'm slow so wont have the time to stop and wait for charging too often. Lights everywhere. Exposure Toro, Joystick and rear light. Extra Moon lights for day time flickering to save battery on the good lights for off road. Capacity for 600ml Whisky. Smidge and midge net.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland with my wife, 2 daughters Harriet and Willa and our dog Monty
Your bike: My bike is an Argon18 Dark Matter with Shimano GRX Di2 componentry, Pro bars/saddle, and Exposure lights.
Your key items of kit: Apparel is Endura Reiver bib shorts and jersey, Shimano shoes, taking a Vango Hydrogen tent and sleeping bag, the Wahoo is loaded with Komoot mapping and Apidura bags.
Location: Blacklion, Ireland
Your bike: 2015 Specialized Epic WC FSR with Lefty XLR. The bike has 90mm suspension front and back with a 60mm DT Swiss dropper post. The setup rides like a rigid bike when the terrain is smooth but provides comfort when the going gets rough. Wheels are 9th Wave 4-shore 29 beach racing aero rims on DT Swiss 240s hubs with 2.2” Continental Race King Protection tyres. Drivetrain is a 1x 12sp setup using Shimano XT/XTR 32T x 10-51T with SRAM AXS XX1 shifting.
Your key items of kit: Saddle, bar, fuel tank, feed (x2) and frame bags are all Restrap. Hydration is based around a 1.5l water bladder, which sits nicely in the frame bag, with a 1.5l hydrapak bottle reserve strapped to the down tube. For comfort I’ve added a Vuka AXS aerobar to the Whisky riser bars. Navigation is by a Garmin Edge 1030 Plus with backup from a waterproof phone with OS maps on ViewRanger. Lighting is a mix of Knog PWR light with double power bank, Lezyne KTV smart connect rear and a helmet mounted Exposure Joystick. My riding kit comprises of Specialized Pro SL shorts and 2FO shoes with DHB merino short sleeve shirt, arm/leg warmers and socks. In wet weather I’ll be relying on my trusty Alpkit waterproofs and Gore-Tex over gloves. For overnights, I’m carrying a Big Agnes Flycreek 1 tent, a Rab Quantum sleeping bag and a Klymit Inertia skeleton mat.
Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK
Your bike: Trek Checkpoint SL7. Sram Force/XX1 etap axs 12 speed groupset, 40t chainring with 10-50 cassette. Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V Carbon wheels with Panaracer Gravelking SK 43mm tyres set up tubeless. 38cm bars with aero extensions and eTap blip changers. Gold chain because it's faster.
Your key items of kit: Bags - Ortlieb 13 litre drybag fitted to Bontrager MIK lightweight rear rack. Bontrager seat pack, frame and top tube bags. Decathlon food pouches. Sleeping - Sea to Summit Spark down sleeping bag. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mat. Alpkit bivvy. Navigation and lights: Wahoo Roam using Strava route, with Wahoo Bolt as back up. Also handlebar mounted phone for maps/music/messaging etc. Bontrager Ion Pro and Ion lights, 2x front and 2x back. Recharging by power bank and at cafe stops (good excuse!). Riding kit will be a mix of Santini and dhb, I'm taking a spare set and also comfy clothes for the checkpoints (where I may or may not have spare time?). Other stuff - Trailshot Microfilter water filter, tools, spares, first aid, that's about it.
Location: Perranporth, Cornwall
Your bike: Kinesis Tripster ATR v3 frame with Halo Vapour GXC 650b wheelset and Rene Herse Juniper Ridge tyres. The drivetrain is a 46/30 chainset and 11-42 cassette with Deore XT derailleurs controlled by Gevenalle GX shifters. Brakes are Paul Klampers and the cockpit is various Ritchey bits.
Your key items of kit: 7 Roads saddlebag, Aiguille Alpine frame and handlebar bag. I'll be sleeping in an OR bivvy and carrying a 3L water bladder. Navigation is with a Garmin Edge 530 and electronics will be recharged with a Dynamo. I'm also bringing my Olympus XA-1 point and shoot.
Location: Foxton, Leicestershire/Loughborough University
Your bike: My bike is a Pearson Off Grid equipped with Shimano GRX. I’ve got a 38T Wolf Tooth chainring on the front and an 11-42 cassette on the back. I’m using 700c Parcours Alta wheels with 43mm Gravel King tyres.
Your key items of kit: A lot of my clothing is from Pearson, my favourite bit of kit is their merino jersey. I’ve got a SHAKEDRY and a Patagonia jacket to keep me warm and dry along with extra layers in the Tailfin. Sleeping kit is all in the bar bag. I’m using an Outdoor research helium bivvi with a lightweight inflatable mat and sleeping bag for good recovery. For navigation I’ve got a Wahoo Roam with a Bolt as a back up.
Location: In the woods near Bath, UK
Your bike: Mason Bokeh, 700 cc Hunt wheels with SON dynamo hub, SRAM rival build, G-One R tyres.
Your key items of kit: The t-shirt I bought midway through GBDURO 2019 (sentimental innit), bamboo shorts, size 10 Gaerne flippers. Sleeping in OR Helium bivvy, NeoAir mat, down trews and jacket. Navigating with Garmin eTrex, lit up with an Edelux dynamo light, Exposure Toro and Joystick. Fueled on battenburg.
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Your bike: Canyon Inflite AL size 2XS, it's a cross bike pretending to be a gravel bike, but it's light and does the job! Schwalbe G-One all round 34mm tyre at the back, G-one evo 50mm at the front. Specialized Power Mimic saddle.
Your key items of kit: On the bike; I have 'small bike problems' not a lot of space for bags so I've have had to go as light as possible. Bags are a combination of Apidura and Restrap. Sleeping stuff up front, snacks and tools in the middle, spare clothes and stove at the back. Luxury items: a pillow and second pair of shorts! I get cold pretty easily, so I've got plenty of warm layers and a lightweight down jacket. Hopefully the waterproofs will get to stay in the bag!
Your bike: Trek Procaliber 9.6 with Shimano 12 speed, Hope Pro 4 hub and Forus rims, Maxxis 2.2 Ikon tyres.
Your key items of kit: Big thank you for the sponsored kit from Sea To Summit – Evac dry bags, Spark I sleeping bag and some handy stretch loc straps. Sigma Sports for the Wahoo Roam and Universal Colours Chroma coat. Lastly for Veloccino for all the riding kit! All of this will be packed away in an Apidura saddle bag and handle bar bag!
Your bike: Kona Sutra with SRAM Apex 11 speed, Son dynamo hub and Hutchison tyres.
Your key items of kit: Altura waterproof saddle pack and frame bag, and POD bar bag. Sea To Summit down quilt and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress. Assos shorts to keep my bum happy and a big thanks to Veloccino for the jersey and socks!
Location: Near Kendal, Cumbria
Your bike: Ribble Gravel SL, Shimano GRX 600, 40tx11-42, Level 40mm Carbon wheels, Schwalbe G-One Bite 45mm with Deda TT bars.
Your key items of kit: My clothes include Rapha Cargo shorts and a Rapha Pro Team Light Weight Gore Tex jacket. Exposure Toro Mk12 front light, Exposure Trace day lights. Sleeping kit includes PHD Minimus sleeping bag, Alpkit Elan hooped bivy bag, Alpkit Cloudbase. Bag are all Apidura: saddle bag, half frame bag, handlebar bag and stem bag.
Location: Coventry, West Midlands
Your bike: NorthRoad Quest, Shimano GRX, Just Riding Along carbon Monitor wheelset with SON dynamo, Schwalbe G1
Your key items of kit: kLite front light/USB, Wahoo Roam and Garmin Fenix 6 for backup. Seatpack Wildcat harness/dry bag contains sleep kit: RAB Siltarp, OEX bivvy bag, OMM sleeping bag, Alpkit Numo sleeping mat, First aid kit. Bar bag: Wildcat harness/dry bag contains extra food/supplies, spare shorts/jersey, wash kit, electrical kit. One the forks are 2 x PlanetX cargo cage and podsac. Overnight kit / clothes: Arm and leg warmers, base layer, skull cap, full finger gloves, down jacket and hat. Cooking / food: MSR Titan pot + alcohol stove, mug, fuel, matches, tea/coffee stash. Apidura top tube bag: charging/electrical, lock, musette, Snax. Apidura frame pack: waterproof jacket, gilet, head torch, cables, quick access bits (suncream, chammy cream, toothbrush, chain lube!). Apidura down tube bag: spare tubes, pump, C02, tools etc etc.
Location: Inverness, Scotland
Your bike: Mason ISO set up with a Lauf Boost fork, Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post, SRAM AXS Eagle electronic drivetrain with 10-50 cassette, Wolf Tooth Oval Boost 34t chainring, Panaracer 700x50mm Gravel King SK tyres.
Your key items of kit: Dynamo hub paired to a Sinewave Beacon with backup power bank. OR Helium hooped bivy, Sea To Summit SP1 sleeping bag and NeoAir thermoset. Apidura and Straightcut Design bags.
Location: Blandford Forum, Dorset
Your bike: Mason Bokeh 56cm with Shimano Ultegra/XT gearing rolling on Hunt Limitless gravel wheel shod with Teravail Cannonball 42c tyres in durable casing. Finishing kit from Deda but a Canyon VCLS seatpost on top of which is my trusty Brooks B17.
Your key items of kit: Bags are all from Straight Cut Design carrying the usual things. Clothing is all from dhb mostly their Aeron ultra range and also plenty of warm kit as I get cold. Additionally, I went for a tent this year due to anticipating spend a good amount of time stationary at checkpoints.
Location: Fornham All Saints
Your bike: Mason ISO, 29” search Hunt wheels with SON Dynamo hub and Sinewave beacon front light and Supernova T3 rear lights. Vitoria Mezcal 2.0 tubeless tyres. Shimano GRX 32 x 42 (will still want for more)
Your key items of kit: Sleep system (going for comfort over weight): Big Agnes hooped bivvy, Exped SynMat Ultra Lite sleeping mat, Sea To Summit Ember Eb1 down quilt, Rab down trousers, Crux Neo down jacket, Sea To Summit inflatable pillow, Therm-a-Rest inflatable pillow (I’m a side sleeper), Nordisk Telemark II (outer only) as a tarp (shared with my pair). Clothes: 2 x Rapha Core Cargo shorts, Rapha vest base layer, sleeveless cycle top, 2 x long sleeve MTB tops, short sleeve MTB top, arm warmers, leg warmers, Rab Filament mid layer, 2 pairs merino socks, 1 pair waterproof socks, 1 pair of compression socks, Gore waterproof trail jacket, Montane waterproof longs, Montane waterproof over gloves, Grip-Grab Fingerless gloves, Northface over gloves, warm skull cap, Shimano GORE-TEX cycle shoes and Kask Mojito helmet. Bits n Bobs: Microfibre towel, Sea To Summit collapsible cup, titanium spork, Sea To Summit head net, Ultra-Sil daypack, toiletries and medication (sadly lots!), lots of ‘Rocktape’ and a spiky massage ball. Slipstream chamois cream, collapsible cup, shared stove (Chris Bower is carrying). Gadgets: Garmin Edge 830, Exposure Diablo helmet light, Exposure Maxx D, Nebula rear lights, 2 small battery packs, charge cables and iPhone. All packed into Apidura fork bags, Apidura bar bag, Apidura food pouch and Tailfin rack and trunk bag.
Location: Fornham All Saints
Your bike: Mason ISO with Hunt The Search 29er Dyno wheelsets, Shimano GRX chainsets 32 x 42 ( 10 more teeth on the back than last year ). Vittoria Mezcal Graphene 2.0 tyres. Sinewave Beacon front light and inverter. Supernova T3 rear light. Exposure Diablo helmet light. Exposure MaxxD front light. Garmin Edge 830.
Your key items of kit: Tailfin X3 aluminium rack with Tailfin cargo cages and refreshment fulfilment attachments. Tailfin top loader bag. Apidura fork bags on the rack and the front forks. Apidura bar bag sitting on the Mason front condensor rack and held on with Voile rack straps. Sleep system & Nutrition: Blacks Down sleeping bag, Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivvy bag, Therm-a-Rest ultralight sleeping mat, outer portion of a Nordisk Telemark 2.2 tent, Soto Amicus ultralight stealth stove, MSR titanium pot, Sea To Summit collapsible mug, titanium extra long spoon, chlorine tablets Lifestraw water bottle (shame to miss out on all that amazing wild water, but gotta watch out for dead sheep). Gear: dhb base layer, GORE trail t-shirt, Rapha trail jersey, Rapha Cargo bib shorts, Rapha cargo shorts, Rapha arm & leg warmers, Rapha trail shorts, GORE C5 Trail water proof jacket, Montane waterproof trousers, Montane waterproof gloves, Montane ultralight hooded fleece, Crux down jacket, GripGrab race mitts, Kask Mojito helmet. Mozzy repellent, net and coils - I hate mozzies! Antihistamine tablets, Citronella Wilderness wash (can be used neat as mozzy repellant if you're desperate), travel toothbrush & toothpaste, Sudocrem, foil blanket, first aid kit, inner tube, tubeless sealant, Dyna plugs, tyre boot, hex wrenches, spare hangers & spokes. Chain tool, Leatherman, Finish line ceramic wet lube, spare cable, quick links, brake pads and valve cores. Yeah - I'm carrying all the gear 😆.
Location: Cookham, UK
Your bike: Pinarello Grevil with 650b Hunt wheels with Dynamo. Garmin Rally Pedals. Apidura handlebar, half frame, top tube and saddle bags. Small bar extension for handlebar bag to get it away from cables.
Your key items of kit: Rapha cargo shorts (extra pockets are great), merino t-shirts (odour minimisation!), arm warmers, merino base layer, down jacket and waterproof jacket. Northwave spd shoes with sole you can walk miles on if needed! Tarptent Rainbow, Sea To Summit sleeping bag and pillow, Decathlon air pad. Sleeping stuff in handlebar bag. Clothes in saddle bag. Tech stuff in frame bag. Food in top tube bag!