#TCR2014 @Chargebikes Steel Plug 5 Prepped and Ready

I am using a steel Plug 5 from Charge Bikes for Transcon.

I love the disc brake features on it and the solid feeling of steel and the extra clearance it offers for larger tyres.

Quite simply a bike, a very good bike. Hard to say what it is for, apart from riding. There is always a reason to take this out and one that gets used by far the most. Great fun and hugely reliable and it will put a smile on your face what ever the weather is doing!

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For me, black is the only colour to have a bike in…maybe that or the raw colour of steel, titanium or aluminium. I don’t like flashy bikes in loads of colours…let the quality, component choice and riding do the talking.

SRAM provide all the gears and brakes for this one.

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I am running an Exposure Revo Dynamo hub set up with redeye rear light. It is fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone doing large amounts of night riding. Totally dependable power.

The back wheel is an Easton EA90 Cyclocross wheel. Strong, light and with discs.

 

Along with that, I have wired a supernova PLUG III into the headtube, allowing me to charge iPhones and Garmins while rolling along.

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Alpkit Bags all over. Dry Bag at the front with all the sleeping kit in, Larger seatbag at the rear with clothes in and frame bags with spares, tools, snacks and essentials in that will need to be accessed more regularly.

We are both very excited to start this adventure and would really like to thank everyone that has helped us so much over the last 8 months prepare for this.

All our riding and training partners, people giving route, prep and nutrition.

We would especially like to thank everyone who has helped us with the kit we will be using

Charge Bikes for having so much faith in us and making such awesome bikes

Giro for the most badass shoes, helmets and clothes

Oakley for the sunnies

Alpkit for stashing our kit

Exposure for lighting the way

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#TCR2014 @Chargebikes Titanium Skewer Prepped and Ready

After a full summer season of single day racing, time trials and training hard, the time has come to convert Gabs’ Charge Skewer ready for Transcontinental. The good news is, that very little needed to be done to it, as it such a versatile bike.

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Gaby’s Titanium Skewer in Race Mode:

Fulcrum Zero Wheels
Continental Grand Prix 4000s 25c Tyres
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11speed Groupset
Deda Carbon Finishing kit
Fabric Saddle and Bar Tape

For transcontinental due to the huge distances that need to be covered each day, a lot of dawn, dusk and night riding will need to be done, so several modifications have been made to enable this.

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First up is a new front wheel using a Exposure Revo Dynamo Hub laced to a H Plus Sons 32h Rim. All wiring runs up inside of leg to keep the carbon forks looking tidy.

New Continental Grand Prix Winter Tyres in 25c are on front and rear. A little more puncture protection will help in the long run.

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As we will be riding for such extended periods of time and not tucked for the duration, the stem has been brought up a little to allow a more comfortable (albeit, less aero) position.

Wiring runs up the non drive side of headtube to the light unit which provides enough illumination to dazzle owls! Mounted next to that is a Garmin Touring GPS with some very important routes plumbed in. Wiring runs from the Revo light to the rear to power the redeye rear light.

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Messy, cluttered bikes annoy me…ask Chris Selvik if you are unsure what a cluttered bar set up looks like ­čśë

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Gabs’ view for the next 150 or so hours of riding.

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Charge Titanium Skewer with Alpkit luggage and Exposure Lights….Bring on Transcon2014

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You can follow our adventures via:

Instagram:
Ben Thompson: @mansell85
Gaby Leveridge: @gofastergaby 

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Transcontinental Selfies #TCRselfie

As many know…Transcontinental 2014 Starts this Saturday 9th August from Big Ben, London.

101 lucky riders will test themselves and equipment over the duration of the trip.

A true test for mind, body and spirit.

Many people have never experienced this style of race or know little about what it will take just to complete the race let alone compete to gain a good time.

For a little amusement, I thought it would be good if as many #TCR2014 riders as possible could post a #TCRselfie every day that they ride until they reach Istanbul. That way, people from all over the world can hopefully experience the trials and tribulations, highs and lows and undoubtably the suffering that each and every rider will face…shown in their face!

Please tag a photo you take of yourself everyday with

#TCRselfie DAY x, Location

I.e

#TCRselfie Day 2, Paris

This hopefully will be a good reminder for everyone riding and not riding of some experiences, from what will be a very memorable adventure.

P.S. We might even be able to sort a prize out for the most amusing!