• What was Cycling East

    Cycling East was our latest big adventure: In the summer of 2014 Ed and Marion woke up each day and headed east by bike. Llike all true adventures we started in the UK but had no defined end point, no timescale, no return flights booked nor any specific route to take. I’ll be honest we were a bit apprehensive as we’d never undertaken anything so unknown over the last decade we have been adventuring around the world. One certainty was that we shared lots of great photos and all of our experiences, thoughts and stories along the way. It ended up taking 24 installments:

    Part 1: The start of something epic
    right through to:
    Part 24: The Grand Finale

    Read it all here

    The Route
    To live up to the We Love Mountains name we tried to visit as many great mountain rangesas we could. We visited the hills of Eastern Germany, struggled up the slopes of the Czech republic where ski lifts lurked among the forests. In Slovakia we detoured up into the magnificent High Tatras. The mountains of Transylvania were as fascinating as their evocative name suggests. Western Bulgaria’s mountains were stunning as we crossed the high passes towards the Black sea. In Turkey we detoured breifly into mountains to see vast monastery in the cliffs, but in Georgia we rode through mountainous Adjara and alongside the Caucasus into Azerbaijan. Next were the views over to the Pamirs, before the gigantic Tian Shan mountains in Kazakhstan. A flight took me into the heart of the Himalayas where the scale of climbing was another level!

     

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  • The Bike

    I am riding a Kinesis Tripster AR bike. This bike is designed as an all round, cyclo cross, gravel road, touring and off road.

    Ed’s Bike

    Tripster Titanium frame with carbon CX forks

    TRP Spyre cable disc brakes

    Kinesis CX Lite disc wheels 700c

    Shimano 105/Tiagra groupset with 3×10 gears

    Selle Italia saddle

    Continental Gatorskin tyres 700×25

     

    Touring Kit:

    Apidura Bar bag

    Apidura Frame bag

    Apidura tank bag x2

    Axiom narrow Streamliner rack

    Axiom Monsoon Panniers

    Axiom lightweight saddle bag

    Ortleib DSLR Case

     

    Marion’s Bike

    Cromo Steel frame with carbon CX forks from Specialized

    Shimano V-Brakes

    Fulcrum Racing 5 wheelset

    Shimano Deore/Sora groupset 3×9 speed mix

    Flat Truvativ carbon bars with bar ends

    Continental Gatorskin tyres 700×25

     

    Touring Kit:

    Apidura tank bag

    Axiom narrow Streamliner rack

    Axiom Monsoon Panniers

    Axiom lightweight saddle bag

     

     

     

     

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