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Packing for tcr#6

I’ve been making good use of the sales over the last 6 months, to try to keep the cost down to non-divorce levels.

My Clothing / Personal Kit

  • ShortsCastelli Free Aero bibs – only worn them once, but they are very comfy.  They have aero dots on them to make me faster.  That will make absolutely zero difference to me.
  • SocksMorevelo stripy socks – the meet Emma Ossenton’s minimum sock length requirements
  • Jersey – Pirate top – its bright and yellow, and hideous.
  • Cap – #39 – I’ll get that at registration
  • Cycle shoesBont riot MTB shoes.  These are half a size up from my normal 44s, but I’ve been struggling with the width of cycle shoes.  I got these a month ago and have been riding in them ever since including 2 long rides.  My old faithful specialized sport shoes were about 8 years old now and showing their age.  They are now in the bin.
  • Glasses / Sun Glasses – Oakley prescription half jacket sunnies – they are brilliant, and so good not to have to carry contact lenses this time. – in left rear pocket or on face
  • Leyzyne wallet – holds passport, money etc – in central rear pocket
  • Phone – Sony xperia 5 – in central rear pocket.  Its waterproof,
    • komoot on it with all the route gpx’s as emergency navigation backup – all maps pre-downloaded
    • OpenStreetMap for android for searching for food when I have no wi-fi
    • google translate  – polish menus..??
    • music

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Anatomy of a tcr bike

Its easy to spot bikes being prepped for a bikepacking race out on a training ride – the bike packing bags are obvious markers.

But what else has turned an ordinary bike, (a 2015 Cannondale Synapse in this case) into a bike capable of epic adventures.  Some alterations are obvious, others are more subtle.


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T-13 – Wheels have arrived!

wheels hub

Front:- Son delux dynamo hub, sapim x-ray bladed spokes, Pacenti SL25 rims.
Rear: Tune Kong hub,  sapim x-ray bladed spokes, Pacenti SL25 rims.

Expensive, but as they are disk hubs the wheels should last.  Built by DCR wheels – he also did some last year for someone, Josh Ibbett I think so he knows all about the event – my choice of HED rims got altered to the Pacentis and therefore upgraded rear hub.

Just need to work out all the wiring and I can start playing:-)

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