Simple Bikes with Tech Accessories for Transcontinental

The Transcontinental Race that we have entered this summer is not only requiring a lot of training and extra riding (not a bad thing at all), but a lot of extra equipment that we didn’t previously have.

We have done loads of research online which has brought about so much information and advice that we quite simply didn’t know where to go with it. So we decided to change our tactics slightly and ask people directly their experiences with kit on ultra distances races and if they would change anything they currently have, hopefully leading us to a ‘perfect set up’.

First up was Power.
On an event like transcon, where we aim to finish in 12-14days, every bit of time counts. Some competitors we have talked to at the World Cycle Race Send Off have said they will travel with minimum equipment and stay in hotels every night, with minimum ‘back up’ lights if it starts getting late. They would charge their phones, gps systems and lights over night and set off again first thing in the morning. They have a very strict route and have planned everything…

We thought…hmm not quite how we want to do it.

So a power supply was necessary to charge all our kit on the go. We looked at solar chargers of all shapes, sizes, dimensions and prices and realised there wasn’t any one outstanding item that would be suitable for our needs. This lead us onto dynamo Hubs.

After much trawling the interweb we found there to be only 1 main supplier of hubs; SON Delux. These looked fantastic and suited our needs, but while we dawdled working out all the other bits we needed, Exposure Lights brought out their own take on the system. Having previously used their joystick and spark lights and been very pleased with every aspect of their performance and price we snapped up 2 sets of their revo dynamo hub sets.

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The first thing that always grabs my attention about a new product is the packaging, and from exposure the lights arrived in a great little carry case. I know the items will live on our bikes, but for me this is a great addition to keep the items safe and organized when not in use.

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The Red anodized disc hub has the ability to power the front 800 lumen light as well as a rear red eye light at speeds over 8km per hour, for our needs this is perfect.

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As with all of their products, the lights are fantastically machined and installed using a quick release bracket meaning they can be removed on the fly and stored in bags when not in use.

From the hub, we also have the ability to run a USB port for gps and IPhone charging on the go.

This product has been around for a while and in my opinion opened up a whole world of ultra distance riding being totally self sufficient for navigation, lighting, photos and communication.

Companies really seem to be taking note for packaging and protection and the Plug 3 from Supernova arrived in a beautiful display tin.

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The unit replaces the original stem top cap and will sit above the stem, with wiring leading through the steerer tube. Neat, tidy and innovative!

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All the parts will be bolted onto our bikes ASAP and our dusk ’til dawn riding will commence as well as our tour around the island of Corsica which will take between 3-4 days.

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