Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

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Racing through North America's wilderness requires a rugged, comfortable bicycle--the rest is up to you. How you carry luggage, whether you wear waterproofs and what you sleep in depends on how much weight you can cope with

Don't forget...

... that the internet doesn't provide answers to everything. Try your local specialist shops as well. Mr Cycles in Seaford and Open Spaces in Brighton provided not just kit but, crucially, salient advice and warm encouragement (plus tea and sticky buns; you don't get that from your computer)



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Marin Nail Trail 29er

1,300 [pounds sterling]/12.7 KILOGRAMS

Choose a 'big wheel' design for the Tour Divide. The geometry of the Nail Trail makes it comfortable to ride for extended periods of time, and the larger wheels are ideal for the bone-jarring terrain. All it needed in nearly 4,500 kilometres of off-road riding was a new chain




WTB Nano Raptor 29er

32 [pounds sterling]/650 GRAMS

Much of the cycling on the Tour Divide, although not on paved roads, is on graded dirt and gravel. This makes a tyre such as the Nano Raptor, which has a near-continuous centre-line, a good option to reduce rolling resistance and therefore increase speed




Altura Attack Extreme Jacket and Attack Trousers

220 [pounds sterling]/840 GRAMS

Many racers don't take full rain gear in order to keep their kit weight down. My waterproofs justified their weight by allowing me to keep riding in conditions that required others to stop and seek shelter



Old Man Mountain Sherpa Rear Rack

70 [pounds sterling]/515 GRAMS

There are almost as many luggage-carrying solutions on theTour Divide as there are riders, from home-made brackets and bungee cords to bespoke bags. If you want a rack, this is as light and strong as they come, can carry up to 18 kilograms in weight and can fit 29er bikes as well as those with disc brakes





Altura ProGel Asymetrix Full Finger Mitt

25 [pounds sterling]/55 GRAMS

These cycling mitts come with gel padding for the ulnar nerve, damage to which has caused racers to abandon the Tour Divide in the past. …

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