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In this show I speak to Markus Stitz, a long-distance mountain biker, cycle tourist and bikepacker. He rode around the world in 2016 on a singlespeed bike. We talk about how he grew into riding such long distances, what bike and kit he uses, overcoming tragedy during the trip, and his next venture, encouraging bikepacking in Scotland.
Listen on the player below, or on iTunes.
Markus’ singlespeed bike for riding around the world
Surly Ogre touring MTB frame – comfortable geometry and designed
29er singlespeed wheel with Surly ultra hub and singlespeed specific screw-on Halo clickster freewheel – these provide simplicity and but the downside is that spares are less readily available than 26 inch wheels. Freewheel changed twice on the trip.
Schwalbe Marathon 2 inch tyres – heavy at 900 grams but have offroad capability and went 10,000 miles, halfway round the world, with zero punctures. Run with inner tubes and tubeless liquid sealant.
Jones bars for comfort position and capacity to carry bar bags and stem bags
Apidura frame bags, saddle bag, fork bag, stem bags and top tube bag – making weight more centred on the bike and improving handling.
Brooks C15 cadmium saddle – ‘vegetarian’ version! Some sort of rubber. Rock solid with no softness to minimise. Width very important to fit your sit bones.
Bikepacking in Scotland
The Highland Trail 550 – 550 miles offroad in the wild north and west of Scotland
The Central Belter – a week-long adventure starting Saturday 9 September at 8am at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
The Capital Trail – a 2-day 240km adventure ride on 13/14 June starting at Portobello Beach
If you’d like to hear Markus speak about his trip, he’s at Craigdon Mountain Sports on the outskirts of Edinburgh on 16th March.
Thursday 16 March // 7pm //
Craigdon Mountain Sports, 44 Biggar Road, Edinburgh EH10 7BJ