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Experienced Brevet Riders ... what's your "mount"?(7 posts)

Experienced Brevet Riders ... what's your "mount"?MrDan
Jun 2, 2003 8:12 PM
What trials and errors have you been thru in getting the right ride for these type events?
re: Experienced Brevet Riders ... what's your "mount"?the flying bean
Jun 3, 2003 1:15 AM
I've just qualified as a Super Randonneur. My mount is different to the usual as I travel light. I modified a Salmon rear mudguard (fender)so it would fit over the rear brake as my Principia frame has absolutely no clearance for guards. I don't bother with front guard. Have 2 Cateye LED front lights which are OK. A seatpost bag which has been sufficient to see me over a wet (for 34 hours) 600k ride. I upped my 10 cassette to include a 26T and I ride a double 39/53. Basically it's a racing machine with a modified rear fender, a 26t, and battery LED lights plus handmade route instruction holder which clamps onto the h/bar stem. I can cope with Welsh terrain and live in a very hilly part of Devon and can cope fine. The bike wouldnt be everyone's cup of tea but it does the job perfectly and with relative ease for me.
The Flying Bean
re: brevet bikeJS Haiku Shop
Jun 3, 2003 5:31 AM
FWIW i've only done a couple brevets and a few self-supported longish rides, so i'm not really an "experienced" brevet rider. the surly cross-check is my preferred ride however. it has clearance for large tires *with* fenders, and accommodates with fender braze-ons front & rear. you can mount canti breaks or long-reach caliper.

trials and errors? many. let's just say be prepared for anything, and find a good saddle. i enjoy the brooks b17 narrow. YMMV. for lights i've used the cateye 2.4 watt microhalogen, but was disappointed. after switching to dual cateye EL300s (5xLED), no worries. for faster rides in the dark, or descents, a brighter helmet-mounted light is helpful.

good luck.

Lightly experienced Brevet Riderdzrider
Jun 3, 2003 8:06 AM
I've only done a 200, a 300, and a 600. I've used a cateye light on the handlebars and a black diamond on my helmet and it was enough light for me. I'd avoid using a generator than runs on friction from the wheel as I couldn't get to work well without frequent fiddling and it worked poorly, despite fiddling, in the rain. The Schmidt dyno-hubs look like the best system, but they are more than I want to spend.

I ride a Reynolds 853 Jeff Lyon sport-touring bike with a triple and 12-23 cassette. I prefer a handlebar bag to a seat bag. I'm pretty slow, but very patient, two qualities I recommend for brevets.
Just my regular road bike...Lon Norder
Jun 3, 2003 9:09 AM
Pretty light weight. A Taiwanese made Reynolds 853 steel bike, Ultegra components, triple crankset with 30x27 low gear, Ultegra/Open Pro wheelset, Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige 23mm tires, Look pedals, Avocet O2 Ti rail saddle, double-wrapped cork bar tape. I think the tires, saddle, and double-wrap bar tape have the most influence on comfort.

I use a 70 oz Camelbak and a larger than average saddle bag to carry stuff.

For lighting, two Cateye 5-LED lights on the bars and a 5 W NiteRider on the helmet.
Trial and error...Dale Brigham
Jun 3, 2003 1:16 PM

Lots of bike can work just fine for rando/brevet riding. I have always been partial to cyclocross bikes, because I like the longer wheelbase and slacker seat and head tube angles (means more stability and comfort, IMHO) those frames typically have. I have used both aluminum (Kona Jake) and steel (Steelman Eurocross 525) cross frames; I think the steel one rides more nicely.

I always jokingly tell folks I want a bike that keeps going straight when I fall asleep in the saddle. Not exactly accurate, but a bit of truth in that. Twitchy quickness is not your friend for these events. Comfort and stability are king.

I have my saddle lower (by 5-10 mm or so) and my bars higher (by 10-20 mm) and closer (less reach, by 20 mm or so) on my brevet bikes than on my regular road bikes. Comfort beats aerodynamics every time on brevets.

I have learned to not carry too much, so I usually just have a seatbag with spares, tools, etc, and then whatever fits in my jersey pockets. After trying lots of fancy lighting systems, I went with (and still use) two Cateye Micro-Halogen headlights for night rides, along with a Vistalight LED taillight or two.

I had big problems with an STI lever at PBP in '99, so I'm a bar-end shifter convert. Although I like Campy Ergopower levers on my Colnago, I mistrust any "black boxes" I cannot fix on the road, so those are not my first choice for brevets. I like 8 speed better than 9 speed, and I like a cyclocross-size double (48/38 or 46/36) up front with a good-sized cogset in back (11-28 or 11-30).

I like fat (700 X 28) tires, and have had good luck with both Continental and IRC tires in that size. I think lots of spokes (32 or 36) are good; Mavic Open Pros seem to work well.

Unlike the pic below, I now have a Brooks Swift on my Steelman, as well as a Salsa cro-mo stem. The wheels shown (Ma-3 with Kendas) are my off-road ones. I ride Open Pros/Contis for brevets.

Hope this gives you more ideas. (Sorry that this image is so big!)

re: Trial and error... great info! thanks! anyone else? nmMrDan
Jun 4, 2003 8:14 AM