Quirky looking, upright things with saddles fit for horseback. That’s what comes to mind when I think of touring cyclists. But it ain’t my jam (no offence to those who are into them). I’ve never liked carrying too much gear. I’d say I’m closer to the fast-n-light category, with exception for the critical comforts. You know, good coffee twice a day (at least), enough to eat and drink, decent glass to capture good pics, a relatively comfortable place to sleep at night.
As we’re planning this mission in late 2011, the rise of fastpacking and gravel bikes is yet to take hold on the world. The best reference we have for innovation in bicycle carry is the Iditarod from our friend Eric Parsons, creator of Revelate Designs, more on him later. We’ll unpack the gear list in a separate post because we really want a space to spotlight our bikes in their full glory.
Paul Larkin. What an amazing guy. Our paths crossed while working in the cycling industry and Paul was right on the case when we started asking his opinion on ‘the right bike for a round-the-world’. At the time Paul was working in a Melbourne-based bicycle shop that only dealt with unique brands – Independent Fabrication, Parlee, and Moots to name a few – and was all in on designing dream bikes.