While it is by no means certain that I will be able to take on the approximately 1,000 mile Lands End to John O Groats challenge this year, I couldn’t help wondering about what I would ride for it.
It is my fastest bike and with the now worn in Brooks B17 Select Saddle it is comfortable as any of my bikes.
I would make some changes though.
First, would be to lose some weight (from the Bike, although it would be sensible to lose a lot more from me). The rack and mudguards would go. I would also switch from 28mm Schwalbe Marathon tyres to something lighter & faster, say from the 25mm Schwalbe Durrano range. I would not be tempted to switch to a lighter saddle for love nor money. I might switch to my lighter back wheel.
Second, would be to make sure that I started without any worn parts. So a new rear cassette, new chain, maybe even new chainrings, new brake and gear cables, new handlebar tape and new brake blocks. The chainrings and cables are all still original items so after 5 1/2 years I don’t mind upgrading them a little.
Third, for carrying a tools, few spares, camera, snacks, clothing I would probably go for something like a Carradice SQR Tour saddlebag. With 16 litres capacity it seems the easiest way to carry enough stuff for long days without needing support on hand for weather changes, minor mechanical problems or a lack of places to get food. It also has the advantage of providing some mudguard protection (for my nice Brooks saddle). All while being a lot lighter than a rack.
Beyond these minor details I don’t think I would need to change anything else.
It is comforting that while I didn’t have anything like a 1,000 mile ride in mind when I chose the Trek it has proved to be a versatile bike.