There are tons of reasons why people get a bike. Some enjoy leisurely rides around the park, some use them for commuting, competitive ones race every now and then, daring people get a thrill riding mountain trails.
But there are a few souls that revel in exploring the road less traveled, or the lack thereof. Local bike touring has been gaining traction over the last decade, with the Sagada Loop being one of the most popular multi-day trips to take on.
I had the opportunity to have a chat with our friend Reynan who has really been passionate about bike touring for a while now, and gain some insight into this audacious venture.
What made you start bike touring?
The insatiable passion for the outdoors, adventure, travel & landscape photography, and for the physical benefit of it. Aside from being cheap in comparison to traditional backpacking, adventure cycling and bike touring have more advantages. One doesn’t just touch and go to a certain destination, you are forced to engage with the locals and almost certainly you’re going to make new friends. Gain a deeper understanding on the places you visit, their culture and experience the hospitality of people from remote places. You’re free to adjust your itinerary as you please, stop and appreciate the scenery when you want unlike when you’re in a public transport.
Inspiration for the build
This build was inspired out of necessity. I needed a setup capable of hauling all necessary gears for camping on rougher terrains. The Philippine Cordillera backroads have one of the most punishing terrains due to consistent downpour of torrential rains in the highlands. These roads vary from just simple steep washboard roads to water canal damaged road, from bearable gravel road to loose rock and soil, from mud to knee-deep landslide crossings.
Next project build
I have a few projects in the line-up for almost 3 years now, all-touring and utilitarian builds locally custom hand-crafted by our most prolific frame builder Ave Maldea. Project names are: Highlander, Wanderlust, Kargador and Beast of Burden. These are custom-tailored to my geometry requirements for heavy-loaded touring, off-road bikepacking, aggressive, and responsive gravel grinder for sub-24 overnight touring, and month-long hauler that can also be used for lugging huge amount of groceries and for the daily commute.
Check out the photoset and specifications of his ECR build during one of his Cordillera backroad mapping.
FRAME: 2014 Surly ECR (Medium)
FORK: 2014 Surly ECR Fork
HEADSET: Pro Pewter 1 1/8
HANDLEBAR: Jones H-Bar 71mm
GRIP, BAR TAPE: ESI Extra Chunky (Long for H-Bar), Newbaums cotton bar tape (black)
STEM: Thomson – no rise, 110mm extension
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake Lever
BRAKES: Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake, Metal pad on front, Resin pad on rear
BRAKE ROTORS: Shimano XT RT86 Ice-Tech 6-Bolt Disc Rotor 180mm front, 160mm rear
SHIFT LEVERS: Shimano XT M780 10 Speed Trigger Shifter
AERO BAR ACCESSORY: Profile Designs UCM computer mount (used to mount Fenix BT 10 light)
CABLES/HOUSING: Jagwire Road Pro XL “racer” kit
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano XT M786 Direct Mount 2x10 Front Mech
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano XT M786 Shadow+ 10 Speed Rear Mech
CRANKSET: Shimano XT M785 10 Speed Double Chainset - 175mm
BOTTOM BRACKET: Shimano XT SM-BB70
CHAINRINGS: Shimano XT M785 10 Speed Double - 38.26t
CASSETTE: Shimano XT M771 10 Speed MTB Cassette – 11-34
CHAIN: Shimano XT HG95 SIL-TEC 10 Speed Chain
PEDALS: Shimano XT M780 SPD MTB Clipless Pedals
SEATPOST: Thomson Elite InLine Seatpost
SADDLE: Brooks C17 Carved (Touring) - Black
SEATPOST BINDER: Surly stainless seat clamp