These callipers are the best I've used. Bucketloads of power and easily adjustable. Read all about why we recommend V-Brakes on touring bike here:
These mudguards are the best we've come across. They are incredibly light and durable, being a hard plastic. Once set up well, they hold incredibly well and don't wobble around much on even the roughest roads. Highly recommended.
The Supernova lights illuminate our way. They are incredibly bright - the brightest dynamo light we've used so far at over 350 lumens. They hold 5mins of standby light; great for reading maps or setting up camp. It is hard to believe that a hub dynamo can do this!
The Tara rack is light and incredibly stiff and stable. It's lowrider design keep the bags really low. It folds flat which is great for travel. It's made of steel - I am not worried about it breaking. I like having the stabiliser bar over the front wheel, a feature not seen on the Tubus Duo rack. Steer clear from the Tubus Ergo rack - I've seen some failures.
The Cargo rack is exceptional. Light, strong, great surface area. Read all about racks here:
These pedals are fantastic. All of the functionality and durability of an SPD XT pedal with a flat side for cruising about short distances.
The most comfortable saddle for my bottom!
The most comfortable saddle for Kat's bottom!
Nice and long, bombproof and beautiful. Best seatpost out there, hands down. Try to break one, I dare you!
The PRO Vibe is a stiff road race handlebar that I am used to on my road bike. Really comfortable and stiff for my liking.
The Drop V-Levers are an essential product for people running road bike handlebars and V-brakes as they are designed to match the pull ratio of the brake calliper. Read about why we use V-brakes here:
These are the cross levers you will have to use with V-brakes, as they share the same pull ratio as the calliper!
The A719 is a welded, eyeleted touring rim from Mavic. It is the stronger V-brake rims about, so that is why we choose it for our touring tandem. If we were to buy new rims we would choose Rigida Andra 30s.
The Rohloff hub is the heart of my touring bike. An incredible piece of German engineering, read "15 Reasons to Tour with a Rohloff" here:
This dynamo hub offers exceptionally low resistance and powers our Pedal Power battery pack as well as our lights. Another incredible bit of kit!
The best gets you the best.
The Schwalbe tubes are of exceptional quality. The best we've come across!
The DT swiss spokes are double butted, and we have never broken any of them on our wheel sets! Great!
The Mondials are the latest and greatest touring tyres from Schwalbe. We'll hopefully never have a puncture over 10,000km or so!
The Carbon Drive system is phenomenal. Super light, no lube required, silent and can do 16,000km without a change. We will take spare belts just in case!
These are the best panniers around. Waterproof, really simple design, heaps of spares, tough, hang onto the rack well, adjustable... the lot!