Review N°7 – USB charger The plug, Cliq5

This USB charger is integrated into the handle of my bike as an “addon”. It gets the electricity from the dynamo. This is a good idea though really not worth the money. First my Fairphone doesn’t charge when plugging it in directly, which apparently is a thing with some phones. We then used a power bank which also adds weight to our already heavy load. Secondly it only charges properly when riding a certain speed. We were heavy loaded and thus didn’t always manage to have the needed speed. It was just not sufficient we ended up having to charge our phones in cafes and camping places when we needed it. Hopefully a future module is more efficient in producing electricity.

1= Bad/poor      2= OK         3= Satisfying      4= Good         5= Very good

Design                          R            4                     M           4

Practicality                   R            2                     M           2

Durability                     R            5                     M           5

Overall rating            R            4                     M           4          =4

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Review N°6 – Bike Toutterrain Silkroad

Toutterrain bikes have different “addons” where you can choose different options. This bike has a stainless steal frame which makes it slightly heavier then a bike with an aluminum frame but it is definitely sturdier. The bike has 30 gears which is great when riding uphill as the pace can be slower than a bike with fewer gears. With this bike I had no troubles during our journey and I was very pleased. I was advised against a bike with suspension, but as Matt said, we would advise to get a bike with suspension because you will be riding on some very difficult roads and paths where suspension offer more comfort. In addition if suspensions would break you could still ride the bike just as normal. I also choose the Pitlock which is a coded centerline system which also secures the wheels onto the bike to secure it from theft. This way I didn’t necessarily have to make the look through the wheels which gave me a more secure feeling of my bike. It’s an expensive but very reliable bike.

1= Bad/poor      2= OK         3= Satisfying      4= Good         5= Very good

Design                           R            5                     M           5

Practicality                   R            5                     M           5

Durability                     R            5                     M           5

Overall rating            R            5                     M           5          =5

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Review N°5 – Bike Trek 920

I was very happy with my bike, it was strong and light weight. My bike had the dropped handle bars which did cause me some shoulder pain in the beginning, but after some time that went away. It also has the bar end gear shifters which I didn’t like very much because they can get in the way. My bike didn’t have suspension and because you often drive on badly built roads or off road I would suggest to get a bike with suspension.

1= Bad/poor      2= OK         3= Satisfying      4= Good         5= Very good

Design                           R            4                     M           4

Practicality                   R            4                     M           4

Durability                     R            4                     M           5

Overall rating             R            4                     M           4          =4

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Review N°4 – Schwalbe tires Big Ben, 20×2.15

We didn’t know what kind of tires I had. And by the end of the trip we knew that these are the tires to have. I had not one puncture in these 2740 km over rough and smooth surfaces. Obviously tires lose some air after a while so in general we advise to pump tires every 3-4 weeks when being on a bike tour. I would highly recommend these tires, they are perfect for a long bike journey.

1= Bad/poor         2= OK         3= Satisfying         4= Good         5= Very good

Design                            R            –                      M           –

Practicality                    R            –                      M           –

Durability                      R            5                     M           5

Overall rating             R            5                     M           5          = 5

New challenge

After having had interesting and fun travells together on bike and with backpack Matt and I are now going different paths in life. This summer I have another travell partner, my dog Zora. Where are we going? I don’t know, we will play it by ear. This time I have a two month break, so lets see how far I can go with a dog in the back and my stuffed panniers. 😉 More information will follow soon.

In the mean time follow my blog to get updates on my new challenge. Thank you for your support 🙂

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