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Steve's Kit
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:34:46 pm »
For the benefit of us kit geeks and one for those in the know....what kit is Steve using? Bike, tyres, lights, gloves etc, etc.

Also what is he carrying on a day to day basis in his Carradice? what 'emergency' kit is he lugging around (hopefully never to be used). Bivvy bag? that sort of thing.

Its a fantastic opportunity to see what lasts and what doesn't. If Steve wears it out in a month, I will know it would be suitable for at least 2 years for me!
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 10:45:41 pm »
I was wondering the same, and thought we could start to crowd source the list here? Reply with what you know.

A couple I know off top of head to get started.


Frame & fork: Raleigh Sojourn

Tyres: Schwalbe One tubeless

Rims: Stans Alpha (?)

GPS: Garmins 1000, 510 (I think?) etrek xxx(?). And I saw a "Mobile upload" on strava too.

Clothing: Miltag


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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2015, 10:55:38 pm »
"Mobile upload" is probably the eTrex.  Strava is in a state of denial over the things.
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2015, 11:28:50 pm »
The Etrex 30 does show up as a mobile.
Milltag clothes
Nuun bidons and tablets
2 x Smart 1W Superflash rear lights and 2 spares
Hope headset and BB
Alpha 340 rims on this bike, 400 on another
Shimano PD-M540 pedals
Shimano barend shifters in TranzX aerobars (they'll have to come off for PBP)
Carradice rackpack
Brooks saddle and handlebar tape

No bivvy bag
AA and AAA lithium batteries as spares (uses rechargeables primarily)
Spare tyre
Anklets
Cable lock
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2015, 12:09:24 am »
Interesting,

What shoes is TG using..
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2015, 12:31:20 am »
Great start! Interested to know: front lights, reflective sticker thingies. Any spare power source for Garmin 1000/510?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2015, 01:14:21 am »
I've just unplugged a couple of rubber-covered Garmin battery doohickeys that velcro around tubing.

Standard reflective tape on frame, cranks, rims. Mostly they match the base colours in daylight.

Front lights range from a Chinese Cree thing to a couple of RSP backups. I think this is where some upgrading could really pay off. Even while maximising daylight, he is spending a fair bit of time in the dark each day,
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2015, 04:58:47 am »
What size chainrings/cassette?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2015, 05:03:08 am »
Kask helmet
Shimano MTB shoes, midrange (5 pairs)
Stock Sojourn chainring and cassette sizes
Hope hubs
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2015, 07:54:37 am »
Kask helmet
Shimano MTB shoes, midrange (5 pairs)
Stock Sojourn chainring and cassette sizes
Hope hubs

Is that to wake him up if he stops pedaling?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2015, 08:24:30 am »
I don't think he ever stops pedalling. Too many miles on fixed wheel perhaps?
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2015, 08:50:58 am »
I don't think he ever stops pedalling.

I'm reminded of what he had as his sig here a year or two ago, and which is probably a fair mantra for this year - eat, drink, and keep bloody pedalling.

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2015, 02:42:08 pm »
I don't think he ever stops pedalling. Too many miles on fixed wheel perhaps?

I think this is trufax.  I once encountered him riding his Moulton up a long drag in the Forest of Dean.

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2015, 12:42:36 pm »
I've just unplugged a couple of rubber-covered Garmin battery doohickeys that velcro around tubing.

Standard reflective tape on frame, cranks, rims. Mostly they match the base colours in daylight.

Front lights range from a Chinese Cree thing to a couple of RSP backups. I think this is where some upgrading could really pay off. Even while maximising daylight, he is spending a fair bit of time in the dark each day,

Are the power packs for the Garmin their own branded versions of a Power Monkey?

Lights are interesting. A decent Cree might be as good as it gets. The likes of Exposure are no good as the time to re-charge them exceeds the time he is off the bike. Hence it seems sensible to use lights that have replaceable batteries. I guess he wouldn't want the drag of a dyno hub.

AC

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2015, 12:45:00 pm »
Yup, power packs supplied by Garmin.

Steve didn't want a dynamo and wanted multiple lighting redundancy
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2015, 01:01:51 pm »
i agree about cree lights - (with few modifications) it is hard to find a more suitable light for Steve's endevour. never seen garmin's power packs before.

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2015, 01:19:20 pm »
From the great man TG today--

The year is going well so far. Problems with lights that don't work in the wet and getting equipment, especially wheels which we now need to get elsewhere. I seem to spend a lot of time not riding but in spite of that we're above the 87000 mile schedule.



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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2015, 01:57:27 pm »
From the great man TG today--

The year is going well so far. Problems with lights that don't work in the wet and getting equipment, especially wheels which we now need to get elsewhere. I seem to spend a lot of time not riding but in spite of that we're above the 87000 mile schedule.


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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2015, 02:40:58 pm »
Presumable he means time wasting faffage with kit not working.
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Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2015, 02:58:18 pm »

Is it known why he didn't want a dynamo hub? I'd have thought a Schmidt would have been a good choice for his attempt.

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2015, 03:09:06 pm »

Is it known why he didn't want a dynamo hub? I'd have thought a Schmidt would have been a good choice for his attempt.

I would guess the power input for a dyno hub is probably about 5W. TG's generally putting in about 100W according to Strava, so I imagine he simply thought getting that power from batteries rather than him was the way!

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2015, 03:11:06 pm »

Worth it just for the lights though, surely?

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2015, 03:14:19 pm »
Also if he wrecks a front wheel, a non dynohub replacement is more easily available. Even without a disc brake its still rideable.

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2015, 03:16:27 pm »

Worth it just for the lights though, surely?

I love dynohubs and always use them, but if I were Steve, I'd be thinking: 5% of my night time power and 1% of daytime on lights - I'll take batteries.

Re: Steve's Kit
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2015, 03:50:19 pm »
i wouldn't want the drag from the dynamo for this type of challenge. the access to electricity every day makes rechargeable (and reliable!) lights a no-brainer.