Bicycles

 

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.

Bike Details : Linda's bike = L / Dirk's bike = D

Frame : Santos 4.29

Color : L: Deep Black - D: Forest

Fork : Lauf Trail Racer Boost - Full Carbon

Rear carrier : Tubus Vega

Bottles : L: 1 Santos Hold-all / D: 2 standard bottle cages

Handlebar : L: FSA Metropolis / D: Santos M10

Grips : L: Brooks Ergon GP1 Leather-Honey / D: Ergon GP3

Saddle : L: Brooks B17 short / D: Brooks C17 Carved

Gear system : L: Pinion P1.18 - black / D: Pinion P1.18 Green

Shifters : Pinion Turn-shifter - L: Black​ / D: Green

Crank : Pinion Alu - L: Black / D: Green

Chain : Gates CDX carbon belt drive

Brakes : Disc brakes Hope Tech3-X2 with 180mm Santos discs

Pedals : Shimano PD-GR500

Wheels : 28 inch sport rims with sport spokes, black

Tyres : Schwalbe Racing Ralph/Racing Ray 2.1/54mm

Tubes : Schwalbe Aerothan 29"MTB tube

Total weight : +- 16 kg

Rear Panniers : L: Brooks Suffolk Rear Pannier - Green/honey / D: Ortlieb - Back Roller Urban - Pine

Fork : Twofish 3-bolt cage adaptors with Santos Hold-all, with L: Drybag Exped M-8l - rust / D: Drybag SeaToSummit, big river 8l - yellow

Rack : L: Drybag Karrimor, 13l - yellow / D: Drybag SeaToSummit, big river 13l - yellow

Handlebar : L: Brooks Glenbrook Saddle Holdall - Green / D: Restrap small bar bag + 2 Epidura Food pouches-small

Handlebar : L: Ram Mount with X-grip for phone  / D: Ram Mount for use with Garmin GPSmap holder / GoPro cage / X-grip for phone

Lock : Bordo Granit xPlus 6500 SH - D:110 / L:85

Bike details

 

Frame

Color

Fork

Rear carrier

Bottles

Handle bar

Grips

Saddle

Gear system

Shifters

Crank

Chain

Brakes

Pedals

Wheels

Tyres

Tubes

Total weight

Rear Panniers

Fork

Rack

Handlebar

Lock

Linda's bike = L / Dirk's bike = D

Santos 4.29

L: Deep Black - D: Forest

Lauf Trail Racer Boost - Full Carbon

Tubus Vega

L: 1 Santos Hold-all / D: 2 standard bottle cages

L: FSA Metropolis / D: Santos M10

L: Brooks Ergon GP1 Leather-Honey / D: Ergon GP3

L: Brooks B17 short / D: Brooks C17 Carved

L: Pinion P1.18 - black / D: Pinion P1.18 Green

Pinion Turn-shifter - L: Black​ / D: Green

Pinion Alu - L: Black / D: Green

Gates CDX carbon belt drive

Disc brakes Hope Tech3-X2 with 180mm Santos discs

Shimano PD-GR500

28 inch sport rims with sport spokes, black

Schwalbe Racing Ralph/Racing Ray 2.1/54mm

Schwalbe Aerothan 29"MTB tube

+- 16 kg

L: Brooks Suffolk Rear Pannier - Green/honey

D: Ortlieb - Back Roller Urban - Pine

Twofish 3-bolt cage adaptors with Santos Hold-all, with

L: Drybag Exped M-8l - rust / D: Drybag SeaToSummit, big river 8l - yellow

L: Drybag Karrimor, 13l - yellow

D: Drybag SeaToSummit, big river 13l - yellow

L: Brooks Glenbrook Saddle Holdall - Green

D: Restrap small bar bag + 2 Epidura Food pouches-small

L: Ram Mount with X-grip for phone 

D: Ram Mount for use with Garmin GPSmap holder / GoPro cage /

X-grip for phone

Bordo Granit xPlus 6500 SH - D:110 / L:85

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. 

Bike details - L = Linda's bike / D = Dirk's bike

Frame : Brompton - Steel

Color : L: Black - D: Metallic Graphite

Lighting : Shimano Hub dynamo with Brompton front and rear lights

Rack : Front Carrier block + Mudguards/Rear rack version R

Handlebar : M type

Grips : L: Brooks slender grips Leather honey  / D: Brompton standard

Saddle : L: Brooks B17 / D: Brompton standard saddle

Gears : 6 speed - BWR (Brompton Wide Range) + derailleur / minus 12% ratio

Wheels : 16 inch

Tyres : Schwalbe Marathon

Weight : 10.5 kg

Front carrier : L&D: T-Bag (Touring bag) / L: Roll Top bag Khaki waxed canvas / D: Roll Top bag Grey

Handlebar : L: Ram Mount ball for X-grip for phone / D: Ram Mount ball for Garmin GPSmap holder or X-grip for phone

Bike Details

 

Frame

Color

Lighting

Rack

Handlebar

Grips

Saddle

Gear system

Wheels

Tyres

Naked weight

Front carrier

Handlebar

L = Linda's bike / D = Dirk's bike

Brompton - Steel

L: Black - D: Metallic Graphite

Shimano Hub dynamo with Brompton front and rear lights

Front Carrier block + Mudguards/Rear rack version R

M type

L: Brooks slender grips Leather honey / D: Brompton standard

L: Brooks B17 / D: Brompton standard saddle

6 speed - BWR (Brompton Wide Range) + derailleur / minus 12% ratio

16 inch

Schwalbe Marathon

10.5 kg

L&D: T-Bag (Touring bag) 

L: Roll Top bag Khaki waxed canvas / D: Roll Top bag Grey

L: Ram Mount ball for X-grip for phone 

D: Ram Mount ball for Garmin GPSmap holder or X-grip for phone

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

Bike Details L = Linda's bike / D = Dirk's bike

Frame: Santos Travelmaster 2.9

Color: L: Dark Grey / D: Charcoal

Fork: Santos steel 29er front fork

Lighting: SON headlight and rear light Black

Rear carrier: Santos travel rack SL

Lowrider: Tubus Dua Black

Lock: Trelock frame

Bottles: 1 Santos Hold-all + 1 standard bottle cage

Handlebar: Trekking

Grips: L: Ergon GP5 Biokork / D: Ergon GP5

Saddle: L: Brooks B17 short, pre-aged / D: SQ-lab 602 active

Gear system: Pinion P1.18 - black

Shifters: Pinion Turn-shifter - black​

Crank: Pinion Alu Black

Chain: Gates CDX carbon belt drive

Brakes: Rimbrakes Magura HS33

Pedals: Santos Touring

Wheel front: 28 inch holiday wheel on Santos hub with SON-SL dynamo

Wheel rear: 28 inch holiday wheel

Tyres: Schwalbe Almotion folding tire 50mm

Weight : +- 20kg

Rear Panniers : Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus. L: Granite-Black / D: Moss-Green

Front Panniers : Ortlieb Sport-Roller Plus. L: Granite-Black / D: Moss-Green

Rack : L: Ortlieb Rack-Pack 24L-Asphalt / D: Ortlieb Rack-Pack 24L-Red + 31L-Black or Sea to Summit Hydraulic 35L + harness

Handlebar : L: Ortlieb Ultimate Six Plus Granite-Black / D: 2 Epidura Food pouches-small

L: Ram Mount with X-grip for phone 

D: 2 Ram Mounts  for use with Garmin GPSmap holder / GoPro cage / X-grip for phone

Bike Details

 

Frame

Color

Fork

Lighting

Rear carrier

Lowrider

Lock

Bottles

Handle bar

Grips

Saddle

Gear system

Shifters

Crank

Chain

Brakes

Pedals

Wheel front

Wheel rear

Tyres

Total weight

Rear Panniers

Front Panniers

Rack

Handlebar

L = Linda's bike / D = Dirk's bike

Santos Travelmaster 2.9

L: Dark Grey / D: Charcoal

Santos steel 29er front fork

SON headlight and rear light Black

Santos travel rack SL

Tubus Duo Black

Trelock frame

1 Santos Hold-all + 1 standard bottle cage

Trekking

L: Ergon GP5 Biokork / D: Ergon GP5

L: Brooks B17 short, pre-aged / D: SQ-lab 602 active

Pinion P1.18 - black

Pinion Turn-shifter - black​

Pinion Alu Black

Gates CDX carbon belt drive

Rimbrakes Magura HS33

Santos Touring

28 inch holiday wheel on Santos hub with SON-SL dynamo

28 inch holiday wheel

Schwalbe Almotion folding tire 50mm

+- 20 kg

Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus. L: Granite-Black / D: Moss-Green

Ortlieb Sport-Roller Plus. L: Granite-Black / D: Moss-Green

L: Ortlieb Rack-Pack 24L-Asphalt

D: Ortlieb Rack-Pack 24L-Red + 31L-Black or Sea to Summit Hydraulic 35L + harness

L: Ortlieb Ultimate Six Plus Granite-Black / D: 2 Epidura Food pouches-small

L: Ram Mount with X-grip for phone 

D: 2 Ram Mounts  for use with Garmin GPSmap holder / GoPro cage / X-grip for phone

 

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

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

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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