Bike for life shows how it is done

Today was a delight, 47.3 winter miles showing exactly why I made the choices I did for my Bike for Life. Particularly the combination of:

  • Gates belt drive (silent and no need to worry about oil being washed off, or grit wearing it out)
  • Rohloff hub gear (reliable, huge range, smooth, weatherproof)
  • Schmidt dynamo with Schmidt EDelux front light and B&M rear light (very bright, there all the time, reliable, foolproof)
  • Jones loop h-bar (so comfy with options of two more aerodynamic positions for headwinds)
  • Brooks B17 Select saddle (well worn in and so comfy)
  • Hope Ceramic bearings bottom bracket (reliable, silent, smooth)
  • Schwalbe Marathon City Plus tyres (comfy, puncture proof, fast, bullet proof)
  • Hope Tech Evo V4 hydraulic disc brakes (so powerful and smooth)
  • Shand Cycles Stoater frame to hang it all on (looks fantastic, all the right fittings with internal electric cables and beautiful brazing & paint)

Together they mean that the bike copes with rain, floods, potholes, grit all over the road, darkness etc without any problems at all. In fact more accurately with beautiful composure.

This is what I had wanted. A bike you can just get on, that you can rely on for any journey whatever the weather. I maybe one of the slowest riders in the Festive 500 challenge, but I am certainly the one needing to do least maintenance and least worried about British weather. 🙂

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  1. Congrats, Dave, this is exactly how it should work. Beautiful planning and a superbly satisfying outcome.

  2. No doubt about it, your bike is the just the set-up I’m looking for, it sounds ideal for my commute. I’ve been taking notes, but I’ll have to raise the cash first. Cheers.

    • The other possibility is to move to the specification you want a step at a time as parts wear out. If doing that then probably a frame that can work with all the components you want to end up with will needs to be an early step. You could start by moving onto it the components you already have.
      The only thing is you may need extra brazeons on the frame to support things you have now as well as things you want in the future (eg both v-brakes and disc brakes).
      I’d be interested to know if anyone has done this with a long list of changes (eg to Rohloff, Belt drive, disc brakes).

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