Travers Bikes winter clothing
Winter is on its way! I have updated the Travers Bikes range of clothing to include a winter range. If you order before 15/09/15 you will receive the special discounted rate.
All the winter Jerseys and jackets now feature reflective pipping so you stand out on a dark winters training ride.
Your items will be sent out at the start of November.
Checking more of the Travers Clothing range
New Hope Tech Cassette
It looks like the Hope cassette will finally be ready for production with the first batches going out in Jan 2016. Yes that is correct 10-44!
10-40 10 speed – 250g
10-40 11 speed – 273g
10-44 11 speed – 284g
This paired with the new XT rear mech and shifter will look stunning on the New Travers Rusty! (With Hope brakes obviously!)
The Fat Race with 26" and 29+ wheels
Rudy Fat 29+ (Large) Used £2799
For Sale: £1999 Used Large Rudy Fat 29+, its my personal bike and as you can guess it has had only the best components put on it. Except for the crank, forks and frame everything else is new this year. The tyres, front wheel cassette and chain have only done 4 rides!
There are a few marks on the forks but it is only in the clear coat and I have included photos. There are no dents in the frame and it is straight and true. The frame has a lifetime warranty.
Travers titanium Large 29+ frame
Travers Prong 29 forks with anything cage mounts
Travers Carbon bars
KCNC F13 headset
Travers Carbon seat post
Anything Black 32t chainring
Praxis 11-40t cassette
XT rear mech
Halo Supa Drive Hub (white)
Nextie Jungle Fox rims
Vee Trax Fatty tyres (set up tubeless)
We have a limited stock of trek 29x3 Chupacabra tyres. email firstname.lastname@example.org for stock level.
£80.99 each plus p+p
Robs musings on endurance racing
Beginners guide to Endurance Racing.
So, Look. When you hear about endurance racing it can sound pretty terrifying, solo efforts over 24 hours with zero hours sleep through mud and rain is pretty off putting, and don’t get me wrong a good number of my friends have that level of commitment and focus to pull that sort of thing off. But Endurance Racing doesn't have to start that way. Endurance racing believe it or not has one of the best ways of breaking you in gently introducing the idea of racing for longer periods of time in an unbelievably supportive atmosphere. Stick with me.
I never got Formula 1 Motor Racing, racers going flat out for two some hours with spectators sitting in one spot watching cars fly past. Now the Le Mans 24hr race that was a different story. The race is 24 hrs long for a start, so you can get up and walk around, watch a bit of racing, get a bite to eat, watch a bit more racing, go off to some dubious French Wall of Death or creaky carnival ride then go back and watch a bit more racing and that's also true for the racers. A team of three or four racing drivers will push the car around the circuit as many times as they can in 24hrs, one driver in the hot seat while the others eat, catch up on sleep or fire shotguns at clay pigeons in the back of an articulated lorry trailer. (I'm not kidding, this was the 90s). So here you go, those drivers are only in the hot seat for 1/3 or 1/4 of the time. That's a total of 8 or six hours. That's 4 or 3, two hour stints behind the wheel with a four or six hour gap in between. Get it? If you are a team of 3,4 or even 5 you are only going to riding 1/3, 1/4 or 1/5th of the time. If you are racing in a team of three or more, you get to spend time with your mates, before going out for a blast on your bike.
So what you have is a number of races all going on at the same time. Team races, Solo races, races that last 12 hours races that last 24, races that start at lunchtime races that start at midnight. you have all these cyclists riding what is usually a pretty accessible circuit, it's not going to be crazy tough if you're going to ride it for a long period and families and teammates spread out along the race course hurling encouragement at anyone willing to smile back.
The trick to endurance racing is to still be on your bike at the end. This takes a little bit of discipline experience helps too, if you don't have any of that someone else will . Travers rider Russ Welch was one of five veteran riders in the top six this year, and Team Traver’s Jo Hitchin managed to Kick Ass into an amazing second overall spot, first in the veteran females category. In Endurance Racing slow and steady wins the race. Old age and treachery, triumph over youth and skill, as one of my old mentors used to say.
These events are like little mini festivals with the whole site full of people you actually want to spend time with. No one is wearing wellies ironically, and the tents rather than being a £15 pop up are usually huge with 4 or 5 family members cooking food and repairing /cleaning bikes. One year I was offered a spare sausage as I went round. To this day I regret not stopping. The food stalls are decent and if you have just come in from a lap, regardless of the time night someone will be making something warm that you can chuck down your neck.
But, look. Picture what disappearing into a pitch black forest with 100-500 riders all with 2000 lumens breaking through the night is like. Everyone of those riders striking out towards their own specific goal, podium place, top ten, team finish, just a couple of laps in a huge comical sumo suit. Everyone is in it together. Working towards an end with friends and family coming along for the ride. Team Travers, is getting pretty good at this now, with a snazzy gazebo (pronounced gaze-bow) and a mobile workshop, plus a tonne of been there, done that attitude. Imagine finishing alone after 12 hours or screaming on a teammate who is heading out to get one more lap in before the race cut off. Come on you know you want to.
Stock Clearance, I am clearing the last of the QR frames.
Frames and Sizes left...just 4 frames.
Small Rudy 29er RRP £1299 25% Discount Now..£974.25
Large Rudy 29er RRP £1299 25% Discount Now..£974.25
Large Fat Race £1399 with free Fat Prong fork (worth £329)!
XL Fat Race £1399 with free Fat Prong fork (worth £329)!
Nextie do a rim for pretty much every tyre type and size going...here are some nice 27.5 (650b) tubular rims in Matte with no logos for the stealth look.
The Nextie Snow Fox (29+) rim fittingly in white...
I have been asked a few times about the longevity of the braking surface on the Nextie road carbon rims and thanks to the British summer I have been able to test them in all conditions including some really wet days over the last 5 months.
The versions I have been running are the NXT38C07 which are 25mm wide and 38mm deep, which are the ideal all round climbing and aero combination. I am running the Basalt braking surface which is a no cost option currently (through Travers Bikes). As I am the distributor in the UK of Nextie rims I have just added pictures, so you can make your own mind up. The photos were taken straight after a ride and the rims have not been cleaned or prepped in anyway.
I checked both rims for marks, scratches and chips and I found none. The NXT38C07 are rated for everything from Road and TT to cyclocross
I have built quite a few Nextie Jungle Fox 29+ rims on Hope hubs recently but this is the first set with Hope Boost hubs front and back with green nipples and Black on Black graphics. The Black graphics with the gloss finish give a really subtle classy look.
HAND BUILT TITANIUM FRAMES.