Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Review of Cycling. Updated

Well i'm still looking to change my bicycle around more as a tourer for loaded camping trips and harder off road riding. With the Surly I keep hitting the front wheel with my foot and can not going around corners fast off road because of this.
So it's looking that a Thorn Sherpa MK3 with STD gears, a Thorn Ripio, or a Thorn Nomad MK2 and going back to a Rohloff Speedhub.
The Ripio is more a Mountain Bike that is designed to carrier a touring load and can be charged about for tour only to MTB only.
The Nomad MK2 is desgined as Tour/Mountain Bike with Rohloff gear hub, so can also be charged around to!
The Sherpa MK3 is more a all rounder/Tourer.

Thorn Sherpa (note this is a MK2)

Thorn Nomad MK2

Can be builded up like this for MTBing or as a Tourer  (this is the lighter Nomad MK2 X)

Like this for Touring

Or a Touring/MTB cross

Its hard which way to go, it may end up being a cost thing in the end?
After thinking about things and all the laying around in bed (overseas) i'm looking to go back to cycle touring for fun.
Yes I would like to finish Tour d'Afrique, and if I can find the time and money again i'll be back to finish the tour. But one of these bikes will still be good for TDA and the Nomad can have Suspension forks on it! so it down to which one?


Well I have got a New Rohloff Speedhub and Ordered a Yellow Thorn Nomad MK2.

Thorn Sherpa


  1. Hey Pete, have just caught up with your blog - sorry to hear about your adventure being cut short but pleased you're still alive!
    I had a great time in Asia:
    Maybe catch up for a beer or go for a ride now you're back in town?
    Cheers, David Cook.

  2. What about a Salsa Fargo?

  3. Sorry be it has Disc Brakes!
    Not good for touring overseas e.t.c.