Long distance bikes aren’t any different to any other bike, they just go further
I was at the overnight stop of the “Byran Chapman Memorial” 600km event at the Kings YHA, Dolgellau. I was considering if I should give up (stomach ache) and while I was considering I went outside and got shots of some of the dozens of bikes out there.
This is a Ribble 966, a reasonably priced carbon bike. I was amused that the number was very similar to the numbers that Look use on their extremely expensive bikes. Bit of marketing going on there.
This is my bike, a Specialized Roubaix. I’ve covered what I like about it in previous blog posts. But let me say it again. I like it.
This is a brand I’d not seen before but what I found interesting was…
…the mudguard mount!
This bike has a low spoke count, radially spoked wheel on it. I know Bontrager generally make good wheels but radially spoked? On a long distance ride that includes potholed lanes? At night? Poor choice, surely.
This is Neil….
And this is his bike. It’s a fairly typical example of a fast, steel touring bike. A few years ago everyone was on these. Now a lot of the keener riders are on titanium or even carbon.
This is a titanium bike showing the latest trend, disk brakes. I mean that there seem to be more long distance road bikes with disk brakes this year than previously.
This is a Principa, made I believe from aluminium. They are no longer made. It’s loverly and shiney, it’s obviously someones pride and joy