Tourer for JOGLE epic – max price £1000
Genesis fortitude? although I would prefer drop bars myself.Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriberSam wrote:
And how did that end?
With tea and cake. 😆
Everyone completed the trip. Some took a little longer some days but we still managed it in 10 days. It’s a great ride to do – I’d thoroughly recommend it. FWIW, I also met someone who did it – all self supported – on a BromptonPosted 4 years agotinribzMember
Just did a Coast 2 Coast on a Kaff with saddlebag, no complaints could easily handle more weight.
For lejog I would be looking for light as possible, seeing as Genesis is so popular recently reckon I’d consider the Equilibrium frameset. Or for another steel alternative Ribble Winter/Audax 525 Frame?Posted 4 years agoajt123Member
I’m thinking about doing the John O Groats to Lands end next summer.
Have Blue Pig for the mountain biking and a skinny wheeled single speed, so ideal opportunity to upgrade the fleet.
Thinking steel frame, gears, saddle and handle bar bags, no panniers.
Maybe a Planet X Kaffenback. People seem to like Surly Karate Monkeys.
I will probably custom build, but if people rate complete bikes, I’d be interested to hear.
AlexPosted 4 years agosteezysixMember
Not done LEJOG myself, but I’ve just been touring around Belgium and Holland for a couple of weeks on a Norco Indie Drop and it was flawless. It’s only £540 at Evans now, which would leave you plenty spare for changing gearing, adding racks etc. It’ll easily take bigger tyres than the stock ones if you want to do cyclocross/offroad.
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on the road: after these days of laps trials and I am very happy and satisfied with the purchase, the bike is responsive and perfectly follows my intentions (may seem strange but it gives me the same feeling of perfect control of an Alfa Romeo: an ecstasy of pleasure! ),
A review of the Norco on Evans’ site 😆Posted 4 years agostAn-Bad Brains MBCMember
If you are carrying luggage,get a bike designed for the job.Touring bikes will have a lower centre of gravity to make them more stable under load,and the chainstays will be longer to keep a rack and panniers out of the way.
I got my Kona Sutra for £1000 – love it.Use it daily for commuting and have done numerous long distance rides and the odd tour.
Addmitedly its not the fastest/lightest bike around, but like Ton says,comfort is the main concern,and its definately an all day in the saddle ,especially with a Brooks.
As for bags I’ve used it with both panniers and Carradice saddle bag. Depends how much gear you want to carry. The Sutra has had some pretty heavy loads but the handling never seems to be too compromised.Posted 4 years agoajt123Member
Thanks for the tips – excellent feedback.
Very tempted by the Genesis – especially at that price.
Part of me thinks take the ten speed off that and put on the Ragley…
Genesis always overpriced IMO – especially when you take the rubbish shimano hubs and chains into account.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
I built up my On One Ti ‘Cross bike to ride the LEL on:
Mostly second hand, but the wheels, lights and luggage were all new.
Came to about £1000
Its amazingly comfortable. Now toying with the idea of LEJOGLE, but starting in the middle-ish to avoid having to get to either end.Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
I’d vote LHT, ’cause they’re nice and I have one so can report that it is indeed nice. Mine’s not geared for touring but the ride is as comfy as anything and its been in this form for a few years and happily does all dayers, commuting, and whatnot:
Yeah I know, the stem is upside down.
I reckon you could spec it yourself with all new kit around 105 level for about £1200. The complete bikes have a bit of cost-saving going on with some of the drivetrain.Posted 4 years ago
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