Round The World – Singlespeed

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Riding around the globe – singlespeed. Ever since I first jumped on a singlespeed bike in 2010, and then cycling home to Germany in one of the most severe winters we had so far, I had a dream: to circumnavigate the world on one gear.

Almost five years and many rides later I am as close as it gets to realise this dream – in the end of August 2015 I will set off from Edinburgh to cycle around the world on one gear. My plan is to cycle south from Edinburgh through Europe, then fly to the New York, cross the United States to Los Angeles, fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, cross New Zealand and fly from Christchurch to Sydney, cycle across Australia, fly to Singapore and return back to Edinburgh. All together I am planning to cycle for one year.

Why singlespeed? With a huge passion for adventure cycling, it has given me the life I love with many superb friends across the globe, my appetite for simplicity and endurance has developed in the last five years. Since I took a one speed bike to Germany I have continued to tour on that, cycled Land’s End to John o’Groats, climbed mountain passes in Scotland, finished the Highland Trail 550Strathpuffer and Relentless 24, all on one gear. While doing all this on a single gear, on a bike worth less than £1000, I have more and more appreciated the simplicity and durability this setup brings. Why switch back?

I will be riding on a Surly Ogre, have a look here for details. A few things are still changing as I test the bike, but here is the lowdown:

  • Surly Ogre, 18”, black
  • Wheels: SP Dynamo hub in front, Surly Ultra New hub in rear, Halo Vapour Rims, Halo Clickster 18t freewheel
  • Bars: Jones H bar 710mm
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C15
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 29 x 2.0 (still to come)
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 black
  • Drivetrain: Shimano UN55 with Middleburn RS7 cranks, Surly 32t chainring, KMC 610HX chain (still to come)

If you want to know more, I will be updating this blog very frequently before I head off and while I am on the road, but feel free to subscribe to my newsletter here. If you would like to support me, please have a look here.

A huge thanks in advance to Surly, Halo, ApiduraFindmespotCharlie the Bikemonger and Lifeproof for the support so far!



13 responses to “Round The World – Singlespeed

  1. If you go by Frankfurt, you can stay in our house. I’ve got a bike workshop in the basement, a yard outside for a nice BBQ and a spacious guest room.

    • Sure, likely to be 32/18, but this might change to 33 possibly. The freewheel from Halo comes in 16-18, so that’ll be the range, Surly rings go down to 30 I think, but 32 is the lowest I’d go for.

  2. All the best! You whizzed past us at The Crook Inn where banana man was stationed, on the Carlisle to Crammond night ride. We then met you on the prom at Crammond…have a fantastic time.

  3. Hi Markus,
    Trip sounds great, have a good one.
    I am in New Zealand Feb & March for the Tour Aotearoa next year, if you are about at that time drop me an email, we could have a beer.

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