There's already been a number of questions regarding ultracycling specific bike bits like triple cranks, bars, pedals, etc. so let's talk about what makes a great long distance bike. What hardware is out there that works best. What represents best performance, best value, most suited for what ultracycling will require of our equipment. By best I don't mean the most expensive but the most suitable for the task at hand, say the PBP (or any other very long, time limited, and largely unsupported ride)
My hope is that this thread may become a repository for our experiences with equipment, and maybe ultimately come up with some really great combinations. It would be a great resource for the many of us that may have some or no experience beyond commuting or long day rides and are keen to get involved in Audax.
Im my case I'm in two minds about my bikes, each has its good and bad points and I really don't yet know which one I should develop for long brevets, I mean really long 1,000km+ time limited challenges. I have my Surly LHT tourer/commuter with Deore LX (triple crank) 9 speed groupset and a nice but heavy set of 36-spoke wheels which I built using Mavic 719 rims, LX hubs, and DTSwiss spokes. SKS fenders, Topeak rack, Topeak trunk and handlebar bags. For lights I use a 7.5AH SLA battery wheighing 6 pounds and a 20 watt MR16 globe - awesome light but only get about 3 1/2 hours running time. She's a reliable but pretty heavy bike, very comfortable but not all that efficient. How to improve this setup?
The other bike is a Giant OCR zero. Carbon/alloy frame carbon forks, featherweight wheels, carbon bars, light racing saddle, Ultegra groupset (compact double crank) she's fast and efficient, sprints and climbs like nobody's business but the thought of doing 1,000Km+ on her is just too painfull to contemplate. Not to mention the almost guaranteed mechanical failures. But the frame and many other components may make a good base to build a very efficient but reasonably comfortable long distance ride. Here's the question - what would those components be? and what components would we add/replace?
Over to you guys....