Welcome to my blog! This is a story
about cycling from Sweden to (South) Africa.

The yellow bike

Just like in the Pan-African colors and the way I’ve plotted the route in the logo, my partner on this trip is yellow. Let me introduce her:

Thorn Nomad Mk2

I’m fortunate to live next to a great local bike shop called Veloform, where Anders Jansson has helped me build this excellent bike based on the Nomad frame from Thorn Cycles.

In short, it’s an expedition touring bike built on an oversized steel frame with 26-inch wheels and a Rohloff hub gear. These are the specs:

  • Frame: Thorn Nomad Mk2 590M
  • Rims: 26″ and 32 holes. Ryde Sputnik CSS in front and Ryde Andra 30 CSS back
  • Spokes: Sapim Race
  • Forks: Reynolds
  • Gearing: Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 Black Anodised 32h with disc fitting
  • Front-hub: Shimano 105 HB-5700
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore XT T780 V-brakes
  • Bottom bracket: SKF BAS-600 113mm
  • Cranks: Sugino XD 170mm
  • Chainring: 38t
  • Sprocket: 16t
  • Chain: Wippermann Connex 7R8
  • Handlebar: Modolo Yuma Traveller
  • Headset: FSA Orbit XL II
  • Seatpost: Thorn
  • Stem: Cavo 100 mm, +/-7°
  • Saddle: Brooks Flyer Special
  • Pedals: Shimano PD A530
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Evo Folding 2” and Panaracer Pasela TourGuard 1.75” (for Europe)
  • Mudguards: Gilles Berthoud 60mm (stainless steel)
  • Front rack: Tubus Duo
  • Back rack: Tubus Cargo
  • Kickstand: Pletscher ESGE Multi
  • Bottle cages: 1 x Topeak Modula XL Adjustable Bottle Cage and 2 x Topeak Shuttle Alloy
  • Brake pads: SwissStop RX Brake Pads Blue Sky

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  1. Christopher Lanner-Ax

    Sitter med morgonkaffet och gp och läser om din kommande tur till Afrika och Kapstaden,det värmer ett äventyrshjärta. Stort lycka till! Allt gott på vägen.

  2. Gös-Gubben (Tommy L)

    Vilken hejdundrande resa – blir hur spännande och intressant som helst att följa dig på denna färd!!! Fundering/fråga. Har du månne punkteringsfria däck!!!????

  3. Gös-Gubben (Tommy L)

    Jag ser redan svaret på min fråga – du har med dig repsats för punka så däcken är inet som jag trodde/hoppades för din skull!

  4. Barbro v Krusenstierna

    Läste om dig i GP. Rev ur bloggadressen för att följa dig på resan. Fantastiskt! Lycka till! Barbro

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