April and Athol to be shown at Bespoked Bristol bike show!
Last week David and I finally made it to the Enigma bike factory in East Sussex and as you can see from the photo to the right, it was like Christmas all over again! After months of meticulously choosing each and every component that would go into the build, it was super exciting to see if all of our hard work had paid off.. and the verdict?
Yes it did!
The Enigma team will be showcasing their work, including our bikes at Bristol Bespoked this week, come along and check them out!
Below you will see Greg building our 700c wheels with the Rohloff speed hub in the left image and our stunning Supernova hub to the right, both incased with DT spokes and Mavic A719 rims. The Supernova dynamo hub along with the Supernova light and USB plugs have been beautifully crafted and look incredibly neat, we look forward to offering reviews on their performance. Other goodies we managed to get our hands on included our Thompson Elite seat posts, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Chris King Headsets and Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres.. all of which look awesome!
The frames have been made with a blend of Columbus Zona and Columbus Life steel tubing, offering exceptional strength to weight ratio, whilst retaining a comfortable and responsive ride quality. Whilst we were at the factory we also caught up with Jaco, the ultimate perfectionist in polishing and paintwork. Jaco mixed a few colours to our specification and we played around with them until we achieved the finish we were after. Now, I would disclose the paint scheme that we went for, but I think we should make you wait!! For those of you that make it to the show, you'll get first looks, anyone else interested, we will get photos up next week!
We had been toying with the idea of purchasing a portable solar panel for a while and have looked at many different travel options. The biggest query being that if we choose something small and light enough, would it provide us the power to make it worth while at all?
And then, we came across this brilliant innovation in Cotswold, Truro. Yes, this is bigger and heavier than other backpacking options at 820g and 26.4 x 20 x 1.9 cm in dimension (approx A4) but it is capable of charging many devices including an i phone and laptop with a 20v self-regulating output. It is encased in a tough rubberised outer shell, also water resistant, which folds together to protect the panels and make it very neat and portable.
As you can see from the picture, the panel also comes with a 2m USB cable and an impressive selection of interchangeable adapters.
Saturday afternoon we put the Gorilla to the test in the Cornish sunshine and this is what happened;
Excitedly unpacked box, opened out the panel and placed on outside picnic table. Plugged in my i phone and within less than a second had the charging alert tone.. Immediate power! My phone started at 29% and within 2 hours was fully charged, so we went around the table and charged everyone else's whilst we were at it!
Along with the Solar Gorilla panel, we also bought the Power Monkey Lithium polymer battery pack, for storing our solar energy. We charged the Power Monkey via the solar panel and used this to charge my 13 inch laptop later in the day, it worked!
The Power Monkey is also compatible with our Supernova USB Plug. When we are riding the dynamo can either be charging smaller devices directly via The Plug or we can bank our well earned energy in this Power Monkey for later use.
With a combination of our dynamo speed hub and our new solar panel, we will be the ultimate sustainable power bank!!