As well as crossing continents to exhibit at Interbike, we have a stand a closer to home at Cyclefest Edinburgh. Being held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, we’ll be there with a couple of Stoaters and we’re promised the show will be a fun weekend for all the family. For more information and tickets visit: www.cyclefestedinburgh.com
We are delighted to be attending Interbike this year in Vegas and will have a Belt Drive Rohloff Stoater and two Belt Drive Rohloff Bahookie’s at the show, both available to ride on the demo days (14th and 15th). You find Steven on the Rohloff/Cycle Monkey/Gates stand #102121. See you there!
It’s been a fairly fraught final week getting ready for the race with emotion swinging between complete excitement and total fear. But as usual there comes a point where there’s nothing more to be done and you just have to get on with it.
The TCR starts at midnight on Friday in Geraardsbergen, Belguim and Fraser Waters and myself will be aiming to ride an average of 300kms a day to reach Istanbul in around 14 days.
If you’d like to follow the race you can visit trackleaders.com/transconrace15 and track the dots from the comfort of your armchair. We’re racing under number 179 so you can see how we and other competitors are doing as we progress across the continent. We’ll also be posting progress online to www.twitter.com/shandcycles and www.instagram/shandcycles, depending on fatigue and mobile reception.
I’d also like to say thanks to a few people for helping us get to the start. The guys here at Shand have been great and Matt pulled out the stops last week to put together a new frame at the very last minute. Fraser for some final fettling and Steven and Euan too for putting up with my grumpy Monday morning’s after excessive weekend riding. . .
Endura have also been amazing and kindly provided great kit for training and the race itself. The MTR Emergency Shell has been brilliant through many, many wet and cold days on the road and we’ll be taking them with us on the race. Go get one – you won’t regret it!
Wildcat Gear provided our frame bags and it’s great to be using kit made here in the UK with Beth in charge of proceedings.
Middleburn supply the British made cranks on the Stoater Rohloff and Mathew kindly lent Fraser one of their new super compact chainsets to try out on the race. Fraser also built the wheels we’re using under his wheel building business, The Happy Cog.
Finally I should also thank Lucy for putting up with me for the last 6 months too. It can’t be easy being around somebody out on the bike in all the spare time that there is!
Anyway, time to finish as it’s getting late and there’s still lost of stuff to do before catching the ferry tomorrow. As Fraser say’s, there’s got to be an easier way to get a kebab!
Cowchipper? Yup, you read that right and this is the new bar from Salsa that takes the wider flare of the Woodchiper and combines it with the conventional integrated shifter position of a road/cross bar like the Salsa Cowbell 2 we fit to our Stoater.
We don’t think anyone else has these in the UK yet and are lucky to have a limited number for sale in our shop until we receive our next full delivery.
As the illustration below shows, the Cowchipper comes with 24 degrees of flare compared to 12 degrees on the Cowbell 2, providing equally comfortable and stable alternative to the Cowbell 2 for big miles on rough roads.
We expect the number we have to sell quickly, so if the shop shows ‘sold out’, contact us so we can accommodate you on the next order.
In 2008 there was not the choice of 29ers there is now and this was partly the reason Tom approached Steven to commission a custom 29er – Steven being an early adopter of building big wheel bikes for off-road action.
Fast-forward to May 2015 and Tom is still riding the same singlespeed Shand 29er and racing for the second time in the Highland Trail 550. By anyone’s standards, the race is a brutal 550-mile ride over wild and remote terrain and it’s an astonishing achievement that Tom finished first in this years race, beating his second place position in last year’s race.
Tom’s written an account of his experience on his blog and it’s worth a read to gain an insight into the race and what’s involved in tackling some of the hardest terrain in the UK: Tom Rowntree – highland Trail 550.