Bicycle Journey Progress

The journey begins on April 5th and ends on June 20, 2012

Ride Progress: COMPLETE!
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Equipment

Our bicycles


So we chose our bicycles! After reading a number of reviews, studying makers and models, learning the pros and cons of each type of frame material for our purpose, we finally have settled for a particular bike: the Surly Long Haul Trucker.


Surly is known for being an extremely professional yet cool maker of durable, high-quality touring bicycles that are priced at a fair rate. Their star for touring trips is the Long Haul Trucker bike, which is very well known bicycle in the riders community. We chose size 56cm for the frame and 700c for the wheels.

The frame is made of a special amalgamation called 4130 CroMoly steel, which is very resistant but not too heavy.

It is also worthy mentioning the shifters are Shimano bar-end , SL-BS77 2/3 x 9-speed which guarantees we can both haul heavy loads and tackle some hard slopes, although we will try to stay clear from them as much as possible. 




Panniers (side bags) 

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Bag - Pair

Product Features

  • Material: PU-coated polyester
  • Pockets: 1 inner
  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 12.5 x 9 (42 x 32 x 23cm)
  • Max Capacity: [Pair] 2441cu in (40L)
  • Compatibility: QL1 system, fits 8mm, 10mm, 16mm top rails
  • Carrying strap: Yes, shoulder
  • Weight: [Pair] 4lb 3oz (1900g)
  • Recommended Use: Bicycle touring
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year


Ortlieb Front Roller Classic Bag - Pair


Product Features

  • Material: PU-coated polyester
  • Pockets: 1 iInner
  • Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 5.5in (30 x 25 x 14cm)
  • Max Capacity: [Pair] 1526cu in (25L)
  • Compatibility: QL1 system, fits 8mm, 10mm, 16mm top rails
  • Carrying strap: Yes, shoulder
  • Weight: [Pair] 3lb 8oz (1590g)
  • Recommended Use: Bicycle touring
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Years

The racks
So far we have chosen the following racks to be installed in our bicycles:

Blackburn MTF 1 Front Rack

Product Features
  • Welded oversized aluminum tubing
  • Unique 4 point mounting increases stability while eliminating brake interference
  • Can be used independently or in addition to FL-1 Standard LO-riders
  • For use with forks equipped with rack eyelets
  • Lifetime warranty


Topeak Explorer Bike Rear Rack
Without tools or straps, your bag's now securely in place and ready to ride. To remove, you push the yellow release button and slide the bag or basket free.

Specifications
  • 620-gram (1.38-pound) weight
  • 55-pound maximum weight capacity
  • Measures 9.3-by-16.1-by-13.6 inches (W x H x D)


Camping Equipment
Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Assorted Colors)

Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag (Assorted Colors)


ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent Floor Saver

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent Floor Saver


ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent


ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad (Steel Blue, Regular)

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad (Steel Blue, Regular)