Choosing the Touring Bike


“Choosing the Bike”

Many hours of research had been spent choosing the correct Bike for the job, only to end up realizing that i would in fact need 2 bikes for the job.

Transcontinental would require a lighter bike whereas a touring bike is a different beast altogether designed to be stable whilst heavily loaded  and basically bomb proof!

In the end the decision came down to the heart and not the head, i want a classic bike that i will love and that would last forever……….. drum roll please.

I chose a Condor Heritage which is a classic steel touring bike with bomb proof wheels and massive tyres.

Off i went to Condor to get a fitting and make my order. The salesman managed to up sell me on almost every item as i have the breaking strain of a kit kat.

I managed to persuade Wendy that we needed a day in London, she got quickly bored with Condor and buggered off for a coffee after the fitting (and the confession) i also managed to persuade Wendy that we should go to “look Mum no Hands” for lunch, by a strange coincidence the penultimate stage of the 2016 Vuelta was showing (which was an excellent stage).

Wendy got bored again and buggered off to Primark with some pocket money donated by me, there i was in a cycling cafe filled with Columbians watching the Vuelta.

I was suitably punished afterwards by being made to walk more than 1 mile to the South Bank.

You may notice the Son 28 Dynamo and the Tout Terrain Plug USB port, more about this later

Frame Condor Heritage Disc
Groupset SRAM Rival 11-speed
Brakes Avid BB7 Road SL Mechanical Disc Brake Set
Condor Handbuilt Disc Wheelset
Son 28 Dynamo
Tout Terrain The Plug
Schwalbe Marathon Plus
Inner Tubes
Continental Race 28 Light
Seat Post Condor Uno Retro Seat Pin
Stem Condor Strada Alloy
Handlebars Condor Strada
Handlebar Tape Condor Cork
SKS Chromoplastic Guards

Apidura Bags
Top tube pack regular
Handlebar Pack Dry (14L)
Accessory Pocket Dry (5L)
Saddle Pack Dry (14L)
Road Frame Pack (Small)

The Service i got from Condor was exceptional and to be recommended, the bike would be ready in 6 weeks where the plan was to Train up and ride the beast home to Portsmouth

Bike Adventure To Do list

This is my Bike adventure to do list, i will hopefully create a useful list of things to do prior to each trip:

+ 8 weeks out


Check Flights and Ferries can be booked on the dates you require.

Book Flights and Ferries

Research Hostels and Campsites

Create Routes and export GPX and KML files

Load KML files onto Phone and GPX onto Garmin.

Photocopy of Passport and Driving Licence.

Photo of Passport and Driving Licence on the Telephone.

Credit card for abroad Purchases

Physical telephone list and email addresses important numbers

Order and Medication Required

+ 4 weeks out

Order Currency

Look at accommodation

Bike Service

Order Currency


Blog Purpose

The purpose of this blog is…

The reason for write this blog is twofold:

1) Blogs have formed a large part of the resources that have helped me research my adventures so this is by way of paying that forward.

2) Writing a blog instills a kind of discipline on me to get on with what needs getting on with. In many respects it’s a kind of planning tool if I have written it down I must make it so.

if I have written it down I must make it so

My Adventure Bike Wish List

    Teguise in Lanzarote – Cyclists Paradise smooth roads, respectful drivers & Volcano’s

Once i had made my mind up conclusively that i wanted this madness, well nearly conclusively, well  not conclusively at all really and as the time of my first Expedition gets closer even less conclusively

I started researching and creating a list of kit that would be required for a cycling adventure.

Research carried out on really useful websites (see blog roll) and reading real world  blogs.

This is not an insignificant amount of kit required, i may use this as an excuse not to do it.

An asterix ** denotes that i have this already or have since made the purchase

The Expedition Kit Wish List

Touring Bike
(on Transcontinental i would maybe use lighter bike)


Steel Frame and Forks *

Dynamo Front wheel (son 128) *           £340

Tout Terrain the plug 111 USB  *           £120

Full mudguards (bluemel) *

Dynamo lights (No decided against)

Rack Tarbus rear *

Disc brakes * SRAM Cable

Steel frame & Forks *

Schwalbe marathon plus 32 *

£2000 total for bike

Tri bars  * (Decided against)

Gold secure lock & wire (Pit bull) or hip lock * £25

Maybe brooks Saddle  B17 Narrow           , Decided against it then decided for it, fantastic really comfortable and looks great

Minoura Space Mount SGS 400 Short Extension  * £17 (excellent bit of kit)


eTrex touch 35 * £200

Iphone ( & Ride with GPS) *    £0

Quad lock out Front (for Iphone) *        £28.00


Exposure Strada 1200 light   *                   £200

Exposure Flare £50 *                                   £40

light back ups Leyzene  *


Leather man “Wingman”

Multitool *


Tubes * 3 *

Tyre patch *

Spare tyre (*)

Frame Pump *

Tech & Gadgets

Iphone & Cable *

Spare phone

Garmin  Etrix ( battery powered) & Cables

Camera *

Head torch *


Power Pack (to charge from my dynamo) * £20

Plug adaptor  *


Instagram *                                                    £0 – offline mapping *                     £0

Ride with gps – turn by turn kml files *  £0

Audio books *                                               £0

I Tunes update *                                          £0

Blog app WordPress *                                 £0

Bags & Racks

Tubus carrier stretch belt £10

Tubus Bungy Straps

Rack Pack Ortlieb * £50

Ortlieb 40L Panniers * £60 (ebay bargain)

Apidura bags

Dry sack rear *                                             £90

Dry sack front *                                            £75

Dry accessories Pack *                                 £50

Dry Top tube *                                              £30

Frame pack *                                                £50

Osprey Dry sack 20L £14 *

Osprey Dry sack 12L * 2  £16


MSR Hubba Bubba NX 2                             £300

Alpkit PipeDream 400 sleeping bag          £200 *

Mattress-  * £25  Thermarest Z Lite Sol

Sleeping bag liner

Bivvy bag (maybe Later)

Quick dry towel *

Tent foot print

Cycling Clothing (cold)

Proviz Reflect 360 Gilet (for Night Riding) * £40

Rapha Hardsshell *


Sealskinz overshoes *

Sealskinz Socks *

Old Fashioned Cape *

Buff *

Hat *

Armwarmers *

Leg warmers *

3 shorts *

2 base layers Merino winter

Gloves deep winter *

Gloves medium *

Flip flops *

Balaclava *

Overshoes *

Velotoze *

Touring Mountain Bike style shoes *

Casual Clothing

Light joggers

T shirt


North face jacket Packable  *
Nutrition & Health

Cinelli Wet Wipes (my bath)

Zeros *

Glucose tabs



Insect repellent



Wet wipes

Washing liquid



Avon skin so soft (insect repellent)

N + 1

My precious Bikes

Condor Heritage Disc Touring Bike

With Sram Rival, Avid Discs, Son28 Dynamo and Tout Terrain USB Port

Cervelo S5

With Camagnolo Chorus, Rotor 3d Cranks, Zipp 303

Van Nicholas Ventus (Winter bike Titanium)

With Campagnolo Veloce, Campagnolo Erus Wheels, Nan Nich stem and seatpost (beautiful)

Cervelo S1 (in Spain)

With Campagnolo Athena, Fulcrum Racing 7 and 3t Posts and Stem and Bars.

Specialised Rock Hopper  Mountainbike

With Shitmana rig

Blog Roll

Blog Roll or useful resources for you

Great Touring Bike resource

Transcontinental CC (just plain scary)

The Adventure Capitalist – not quite a touring blog but good all the same

Southern Bike Box Hire – a blatant plug for our little business