“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
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
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