My bicycle


My Santos Travelmaster at time of purchase
In August last year I took delivery of the bicycle I intend to use for this trip. I bought and collected it from De Vakantiefietser (The Holiday Biker), an English-speaking, touring bike specialist in central Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its specifications, including accessories, are as follows.

Frame: Santos Travelmaster 2.8 Alu (belt drive)
Size: Men’s 57 cm: seat tube 570 mm; crossbar 597 mm
Colour: Matt black
Fork: Santos steel Travelmaster fork
Headset: Chris King, black
Spacers: 5 cm
Rear rack: Santos Pack Rack, black (made by Tubus; looks like a chromoly Cosmo)
Lowrider: Tubus Ergo, black
Rear light: Spanninga Eclipse (2 AAA batteries)
Front light: Princeton Tec Eos (3 AAA batteries)
Mudguards: SKS, black
Stand: Pletscher swing-arm stand
Lock: Axa Defender with anti-theft chip and 1.8 m plug-in cable
Bell: Compass bell
Handlebars: Trekking bar
Handlebar mount: Acor (for light and GPS)
Stem: Adjustable aluminium stem, 105 mm
Grips: Men’s Ergon GP1 and bar ends
Saddle: Men’s Terry Riviera Climavent gel
Seatpost: Ritchey, black
Rear derailleur: Snubber (required by Rohloff for belt drive)
Crank and bottom bracket: Lightweight aluminium
Chainring and sprocket: 55 teeth and 22 teeth
Belt: Gates Carbon Belt, 122 teeth
Brakes: Magura HS33 hydraulic rim brakes
Wheels: Handmade touring wheels with black hubs (XT in front, Rohloff at rear), CSS rims, 32 spokes, DT ProLock spoke nipples
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, folding bead, size 37-622 (700x35C)
Pump: Topeak Road Morph with gauge
Pedals: Shimano DX with reflectors
Mirror: Busch & Muller Cycle Star mirror, short curved stem
Bottle cages: Profile Design Kages (3)
Cycle computer: Cateye Enduro 8
GPS receiver: Garmin Oregon 450 (2 AA batteries) - failed after first week
Rear panniers: Ortlieb Back Roller Plus (40 L per pair)
Front panniers: Arkel T-28 (28 L per pair)
Top tube bag: Topeak TriBag
Map holder: CueClip
Decals: BikeNames

The Rohloff Speedhub has 14 evenly-spaced internal gears controlled by a twist grip on the handlebar. With my set-up, the range is from approximately 1.5 to 8.0 metres development (19.0 to 99.6 gear inches). I have cycled 5,200 km on the bike and like it enormously, appreciating its smoothness, stability, comfort, and above all, for I am a hopeless mechanic, its reliability and low maintenance requirement. With much help from my friends Ray and Richard, I have changed the oil in the Rohloff hub and fitted new tyres and new brake pads ready for this trip.

Anzac Day in Canberra, 25 Apr 2012

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