Okay, this is my third thread in this forum asking for people to help me. I am sorry. This was where I presented my idea, and this was a much less successful thread where I asked for advice on choosing a bike. The past two days I've been reading and doing calculations, and I've made the decision: I will order a Thorn Sherpa.
However, the bike needs to be customized to suit my purpose, and I need to decide on which bike upgrades I am going to invest in. The most popular and relevant upgrades are listed in this PDF order form, but as DukeArcher pointed out, one can add to the build whatever they stock at St John Street Cycles.
Okay, so I'm going from Norway to the Pacific and possibly back on the bike which I am going to order. It will be a "loaded tour" (I'll be carrying tent, sleeping bag, stove and lots of other things), although I am, otherwise, very committed to packing lightly. I have not toured yet, but I believe I will have a preference for smaller countryside roads (and I'll probably be avoiding big cities). (If any of this information matters to how the bike will be customized...)
So, I need help with the customization and the picking of upgrades listed in the PDF (or things not listed there but available at SJS Cycles). While I could in theory afford all upgrades listed, I would have much less money for the trip itself. Therefore, I should order only what I will or may profit a lot from. I imagine spending anything between £250 and £500 on upgrades and additions.
What I would need for sure:
- Front and rear carriers, £70 and £50 (Thorn)
- Brooks B17 (£17)
- "Ultimate bottle cage combination" (£17)
- Some pedals, would "MKS GR9 alloy platform pedals, including toe clips & straps" (£30) be good?
- Good tyres. Schwalbe Marathon XR 26 x 2.00 (£35)? Wouldn't I want some slimmer tyres for Europe?
- Front and rear light. Is a dynamo worth investing in, by the way? I don't intend to be riding much after dark...
Basically I am wondering how much I would profit from making upgrades to brakes, gearing, wheels, and so on. Since I can't afford upgrading it all, I am wondering what to upgrade and what to leave as it is. I need your advice, and for any I will get, I am very grateful. Seriously.
And also, which chainring size would you choose?