Since a few years building travel bikes became my big passion. I´m not really a mechanic, but I maintain bikes since ever, build and ride travel bikes since 10 years and meet and host bike travellers frequently.
I saw people cycling the world on folding bikes, tandems and over-aged 6-gear bikes, on freeride fullys, carbon road bikes, laying bikes, with trailer, dogs and kids. It’s this diversity and individuality I admire that much. I love to see turning a bike from sport equipment into a true world conqueror.
In all this diversity I found my own style to build travel bikes. Which packing system is the best for you? Suspension or not? What type of tires to use and what equipment to carry? So many factors play a role while finding the best bike for your needs! By the time I got some experiences in travel bike building and developed my own style with some individual solutions. I like to keep things simple. It´s not necessarily about high-end components, but about finding a faithful partner for big adventures.
My experience tells me that it’s not necessary to get a high-end bike to travel, but you shouldn’t spare on the wrong ends. Following my idea you should get a solid all-round travel bike for a total price of 400 – 700 Euro.
handmade bottle holder
Currently for Sale
a solid beginners traveller bike
very high handlebars give this mountainbike frame to a geometry some where between a classic touring bike and a mountainbike. Perfect way for everybody who is looking for a comofrtable bike and freedom of choise at the same time.
26″ wheels with double rims and Schwalbe Marathon tires, hydraulic Shimano disc breaks
3 x 8 Shimano Acera transmission (can be exchanged for a 3 x 9 Shimano Deore)
extra long handlebar ends, back light, bell, ergonomic grips, rear rack
100 mm steal front suspension
Basic Price: 300,-
– 2 x panniers (as on the picture) 60,-
– Ortlieb handlebar bag (second hand, as on the picture) 30,-
– upgrade transmission to Shimano Deore 3 x 9 60,-
– Sigma front light 25 LUX 25,-
travel bike for my tourings through South-East Europe, South-West Europe and Morocco
The Iron lady combined mi through whole Europe. On our first trip with light baggage on the seatpost only. On the second tour fully equipped with front and back racks, aluminium fenders and Schwalbe Marathon tires.
In therms of transmission I always trusted in Shimano LX and was never disappointed with this! In her lifetime she overused 3 suspensions, 5 wheels, 4 chain wheels and a million of tires, but only one transmission kit!
She was a real Mountainbike Traveller. Together we went to Greece and Portugal, we crossed Albania, the Perenees, the Alps and the Atlas before she finally died in the streets of Marrakesh.
my substitute bike for shorter travels in Portugal
For a while Kaschpa took place after Iron Ladys death. According to the circumstances he´s more a light tourer for smaller tours with only a few equipment.
Transmission is mix of Deore and Deore XT offers a solid performance for all touring needs. Discbreaks as only option of the frame limited his living environment mainly to the developed world, but offer a perfect break response even with luggage.
A solid back rack and a Ortlieb handlebar bag are enough to carry more than 20 kg. More than I need for small tours. Schwalbe Marathon Tour Plus make him a real road racer if necessary but a reliable bike on sandy and muddy trails.
sold for a tour from Portugal to Greece and finally ended up in South-East Asia
Sol was a budget bike to cross Europe from Portugal to Greece. Thanks to a few good deals and a lot of improvisation within two weeks we built up a Deore-equiped touring bike with Schwalbe Marthon tires, a solide rack and a handlbarbag for less then 350,-.
Unfortunaltely due to visa restrictions for her rider, Sol never reached Greece, but Istanbul instead. Meanwhile, after crossing wide parts of Europe and Asia, she was stolen in London! Dirty theefs! But her rider is fallen in love with bike travelling and still restless.
Tweety & Silvester
two bikes sold for a tour from Portugal to Amsterdam
Obviously they were the two parts of a couple. Built for two world travellers who wanted to experience their return to Europe on two wheels. Two super light travel mountainbikes to enjoy Europe mainly on road, but with the possibility to go offroad here and there.
Tweety had 26″ wheels with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. Shimano Deore V-Breaks and Shimano Deore gearing. Just the dérailleur was Shimano XT, a little upgrade.
Silvester came with Schwalbe Big Apple tires and Shimano Deore Disc breaks and a Shimano Deore and Shimano SLX mix for the gearing.
Equiped with my handmade panniers they were also the guinea pigs for my self-built bike-bags on the way from Portugal to the Netherlands.
bought as a mountainbike, with a travel setup the company for my travel throu South America
She was a bargain I never expected to ride myself. But after a few test rides I felt in love with this bike. A 120mm Full-Suspencion bike, almost rigid as a hardtail, but agil like a dirtbike. Basicly built on Standard Shimano parts she is the perfect company for a mountainbike adventure as everything is relatively easy to replace. After two years exploring Portugal we went together to South America for three month.
To make her fit to travel I equipped her with a Ortlieb Seatpack 15L and a small Orlieb handlebar bag. For better weight equilibration I constructed an additional bottleholder for up to 6L on the toptube of the frame. Rough singletrails, heavy loaded bikepacking were no problem at all and even marathon days with up to 200km per day made part of this tour.
All in all a fully convenient travel solution as long as you are light packed. Unfortunately I was a little overloaded and had to carry a medium size backpack. With a smarter solution to use the space inside the frame this could maybe resolved. For long distance tours next time I would carry an alternative, slimer tire with me.
Our story not ended yet!