I love going to the Alps and riding up and down the mountains, on my road and mountain bike. We live in the Peak District so we’re out in the Peak most weekends and often during the week on full suspension, hard tail, singlespeeds or cross bike.
I’ll do any ride which looks good or interesting – did sub 24 hrs for Roveniemi 60 race last winter (hope to do the 150 which may be over 24 hours next year). My main type is over 24 hours but I want to develop multi-day excursions.
The Pace RC506 is my regular bike which worked great for this event. I was able to fit most of my bivy kit in my borrowed Alpkit bag (thanks Glen) which sat nicely behind my saddle bag. This also became a seat extender for the more technical downhill sections.
I’m a go anywhere kind of guy. I see a ride, it sounds interesting and I’m there, even if it’s new and unchartered. I will ride until I’m broken but then smile and talk about going back again.
I rode a Cotic Solaris on this event and will do so on others. It’s fairly light, sturdy, extremely capable on rough technical terrain, and most important of all very comfortable on long all-day rides. No real bike-packing specific adaptations.
Choice of tyres and why? Being an ignoramus I don’t have a preference. As long as I have two, one on the front wheel and one on the back, I’m happy as Larry.
Me? I fix bikes for a wage in 4 Play Cycles in Cockermouth. I make all my own bikepacking bags on a charity shop sewing machine and I have very short thumbs.
Have I got the art of minimisation down to a fine art or did I pack everything and the kitchen sink? Somewhere in the middle; I start with minimal and then add the comfort.
Tyres? As wide as will fit! 3” in this case. I believe wider tyres are better regardless of the bike they’re on as they provide improved grip, comfort, control and puncture resistance.
I do lots of types of riding. These days I’m doing more road riding than I have previously because I’m living in Hull and there’s not a lot of mountain biking, but that would often be my first choice. I like to race off-road…