Bicycles

Santos  E-bikes

 

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No, we are not replacing any of our bikes with an E-bike.

In support of our 2021 Challenge, whereby we try to move towards a car-free life, we have been able to borrow 2 E-bikes from Santos bikes. While the E-bike models were decided upon by Santos, we were able to add some personal touch.

It's for us also the opportunity to try out the Rohloff gear in combination with the new Pendix motor.

details e-bikes
 

Santos  4.29

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We were looking for a bike which would allow us to go more off-road and which we could also use when our Santos Travelmasters were somewhere else, waiting for us to continue a trip. We opted for the same technology and stayed with Santos and the Pinion drive.

Our 4.29 mtb's are just like our Travelmasters virtually maintenance free.

The gearbox is again the Pinion P1.18 with a gates belt.

The Pinion gearbox has a range of 630%, each step being an 11.5% increase. 

One crank rotation covers a distance of a little less than 1.5 meter upto more than 9 meters per rotation.

To attach an extra bottle holder or small luggage on places where there are no bolt holes in the bike's frame, we use the TwoFish Quick Cage adaptor.

(on the photo with the Santos hold-all)

It's a removable holder with 2 or 3 bolts which can be strapped on the frame with 2 velcro straps.

We bought the new 3 bolt version directly from the factory in the US as it was not available in Europe yet.

Linda's 4.29 hereabove has a Brooks saddle, grips, panniers and the handlebar bag is a Brooks saddle bag.

 

Brompton foldable bike

Attaching stuff to the Lauf fork

The Bromptons are used when we need to be somewhere by car or on citytrips. They fit nicely in the trunk of the car and we save a lot on parking fees by always parking the car outside the city. 

Air Travel

Vincita makes handy and lightweight carry bags for the Brompton. It includes a clothing poach which you can use to protect the bike. You can as such check in 1 bag of 20 kg which contains both bike and luggage.

 

Santos Travelmaster 2.9

Our requirements were pretty simple, we wanted a bike which :

- is as maintenance free as possible (otherwise, we would get in trouble anyhow)

- would allow us to ride up a mountain with a smile on the face

- could take a big load of luggage, as we like our gadgets

- is going to last for a lifetime

 

Tool Box

When we are on a day-trip, we take the following:

- inner tube (different type per bicycle)

- self adhesive patches, pen and tire levers

- Silca T-Ratchet set

- Leatherman multitool

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On a long trip, we take the following in addition:

- spare drive belt + drive belt care stick

- small pots with ball-bearing grease and assembly paste

- pinion lockring tool

- 2 fiberfix spokes + spoke wrench

- repair patches for outer tire

- pincet + small cleaning cloth

- heavy duty masking tape and tie wraps

- spare parts for the panniers

- some spare screws of different length

- 10mm hex key for crankshaft + some shortened hex keys for      places where ratchet cannot reach.

- spare rubber for kickstand

- rescue blanket

Burley Flatbed Cargo Trailer

 

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We were looking for a multi-purpose bike trailer. While we were perfectly happy with our panniers for our daily shopping, touring and bike-packing trips, we also frequently were missing the possibility to transport a bigger load when it comes to the more bulky stuff.

When it comes to bike trailers, there is of course also a wide variety of possibilities but looking at our specific needs, we decided that we wanted a 2-wheel trailer and we came to a short list of 3 brands, whereby the Burley seemed to deliver the right mix of quality, affordability and multi-functionality. 

Specifically for our shopping, we made a wooden crate which fits perfectly on the frame and between the side bars.

To secure the trailer while left alone, we use the long version of the Tex-Lock eyelet with U-lock. It secures both the bike and trailer and the lock is ART2 approved.

tex-lock locks

 

Linda discovered some nice looking locks for the bikes. A little bit suspicious, Dirk checked out the tex-lock website to discover that they were not only nice but also practical and secure.  Having the ART2 label, they are also approved for our bike insurance against theft.

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Except for the frame locks which are bolted to some of our bikes, we have changed all our different locks in to the tex-lock locks in combination with the tex-lock eyelet.

The locks are textile based and are very flexible and easy to use. They are not damaging the bikeframe and still provide the same type of security.

To us, the major advantage is that we can use the lock in different combinations depending the circumstances, while keeping the same lock cilinder for a specific bike (which is a requirement for the insurance).

cilinder

250 gr

small U-shackle

200 gr

large U-shackle

370 gr

80 cm eyelet

780 gr

120 cm eyelet

1050 gr

160 cm eyelet

1300 gr

Other cycle things

When we started bicycle touring, we were looking for a GPS holder which could be used as well on our bicycle as on our motorbike. After seeing a review on Youtube of a Ram Mounts set up on a dirt motorbike, we were convinced that this would be perfect for as well GPS, mobile phone and GoPro.

Ram Mounts work with a standard ball mount or claw to which you can attach different holders.

We have the ball mounts standard on all our bikes and use the claws if we need an extra temporary holder.

Ram Mounts

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Tips

One of the benefits of the Ortlieb waterproof bags are that you can buy different accessories and spare parts.

We added extra anchoring hooks (on the small bag with an extra anchoring bracket) and extra bottle holders, also convenient for your fuel bottle.

From the original carrying strap, we made little extensions making it easier to open/close the bag when it's on the bicycle and to tighten extra bags on the rack.

Brooks bags use the Ortlieb Q2 system so you can also add the additional anchoring hooks.

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Panniers - bags