Prepare to be blinded people, the tracker will be glowing in no time at all!!!
Remember the awesome Hewitt family we mentioned in our last blog post? We owe so much to these guys, since arriving unannounced and in a rather unconventional fashion 3 weeks ago, we have been hanging out at the Hewitt residence ever since! In fact, it dawned on us yesterday that seen as the family are close to celebrating 8 weeks since the birth of their beautiful baby girl Matilda, David and I have been here for half of her life already.. and David is proving to be a very good manny indeed!
So what is with the delay you ask?
Firstly, April and Athol are back at the Enigma factory being tweaked and altered for optimal performance.
Secondly, Holly had a little health scare that needed checking out and it was initially thought that treatment may require the trip to be delayed for quite a bit longer. However, awesome news yesterday; results back from lab and aside from some regular check ups which we'll have to figure out how to go about on route, WE ARE FIT TO GO!!!
All we have to do is collect April and Atholl from the Enigma HQ and we will take off from there. For the bike enthusiasts and fellow tourers wanting advice on how to set their touring rigs up, this is an account of some of the issues we are working to over come with Enigma;
With the combination of a Rohloff speed hub, mechanical disc brakes, mudguards and pannier racks, there is a lot to organise on the rear wheel. We have chosen Tubus Cosmo stainless steel racks for the following reason;
Tubus make an adapter kit which may solve this issue;
We have not seen the new arrangement that Enigma have configured, but in the meantime we have been searching for other custom builds with a similar set up. We have noticed on a couple of pictures the brake calliper is placed in front of the seat stay, out of the way. Anyone with any experience or knowledge of this, we would be hugely grateful for your advice!!!
David was feeling a little cramped up on our test ride from Cornwall so we are going to try swapping his Thomson Inline seat post for a set back version. It is possible to make minor adjustments to your seated position by sliding the seat slightly forward or back, however, the Brooks B17 have relatively short rails and there is no further room for adjustment. Fingers crossed, this will solve it!
New handlebars for Holly. As awesome as the Nitto B135 Randonneur's looked, they were super comfy on the wider drop but far too narrow on the top. Not only was there little room for my hands, I felt I had marginal control whilst holding onto the flat part of the bar as my hands were so close together. To compensate, I used the drops far too much and spent a lot of time 'looking up'.
With the extra weight we are carrying and the rugged and mountainous terrain we anticipate crossing, more width on the top of my bar is essential. I have chosen the Soma Highway
We had both wrapped our bars in Brooks leather bar tape. Again, looked beautiful but for long distance NOT PRACTICAL!
We have asked Greg to stick some gel pads on our bars first and then wrap with Enigma foam bar tape. Looking forward to cushioned hands!
As we are running a Gilles Berthoud shifter that is mounted on the flat part of the handlebar, there had not been enough room allowed between the shifter and the stem to fit a clamp for a bar bag. As any tourer will know, this is fairly important for keeping a few important items accessible. The bar tape is coming off anyway, so it is a good opportunity to move the shifter and relay the cables so that they do not impede on the bar bag.
Supernova USB Plugs;
Two days into our trip and neither of these beauties were working! David also has a dynamo powered front light which continued to operate, which suggests that the fault was not occurring in the hub but in the actual USB Plug. It seems that the capacitor in the Plugs have blown, we will let you know more on this when we resolve this one.