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Restrap reveals new Carryeverything bikepacking bag range and Woodrup build disc-equipped steel bike

Two Yorkshire-based independent cycling companies, Restrap and Woodrup, have come together to collaborate on a special bike built specifically for the Transcontinental Race, a gruelling 4,000km journey from Belgium to Turkey starting on 24th July 2015.

Woodrup has built a custom frame while Restrap has developed a new strapless magnetic frame bag as part of it's forthcoming Carryeverything bikepacking bag range.

The 2015 TransContinental Race has no fixed route but there are checkpoints that all participants must pass through, which obviously influences the chosen route. This year the race starts in Flanders, Belgium with checkpoints at Mont Ventoux, Assietta, Vukovar and Lovcen.

The inclusion this year of 40km of Alpine gravel road on the French-Italian border dramatically influences tyres and bike choice, making a gravel or adventure bike with capacity for wider tyres with a smidgen of tread arguably the preferred choice. Everyone will have their own idea on the perfect tyre for the route though.

Woodrup Cycles is a Yorkshire-based frame builder that has been making frames since the 1940s. It has built this beautiful frame from Columbus Max steel tubing and it features disc brakes and plenty of clearance for some big tyres. There are some lovely details, like the rear brake bridge for example. Just lovely. And the paint job is pretty special too.

Restrap produces a range of bags (their latest product is a magnetic belt currently on Kickstarter) designed to withstand the demands of everyday cycling. For this 4,000km race the company has created its new range of Carryeverything bicycle bags, which they're launching in June, but here's a first look at what you can expect. 

The Carryeverything range is designed for the increasingly popular sport of bikepacking, long-distance unsupported racing like the 4,000km Transcontinental Race. Events like these place an emphasis on speed with very little stopping time factored in, it’s certainly not as leisurely as traditional cycle touring, it’s a race to the finish.

There are going to be three bags in the Carryeverything range, a Bar Bag, Saddlebag and Frame Bag. The Frame Bag is really interesting because it attaches to the frame with magnets. No straps in sight. Small magnets attach to three fixture points in the frame and the bag is simply anchored at these points. Obviously the frame has to be designed specifically with these mounts, which this Woodrup is. Not only does it look a lot cleaner, the bag is less likely to scuff the paint and from the video above, looks quite sturdy.

The Frame Bag is manufactured from double layer waterproof fabric with a water repellant zip. It’ll be available in three sizes, from 1.5 to 3.5 litres, and three colours. The Bar Bag and Saddlebag are both made from similar waterproof materials. The Saddlebag has a 13 litre capacity and uses magnetic buckles for easy opening and closing. High strength and contrasting para cord is used to tighten or loosen the load.

The Bar Bag has a 13 litre capacity and is secured to the handlebars using a three point fixing system with a magnetic fastening system that makes packing the bag very easy, even with gloves. Both these bags also use snap pins as part of Restrap’s modular approach, allowing other smaller bags to be easily attached for extra storage, as you can see demonstrated in these photos.

This special bike will be used by Timothy Pulleyn, rider number 78, and has been built up with a SRAM Force CX1 1x11 groupset, with a single ring chainset and large ratio cassette to hopefully provide all the gears he’ll need. On such a long distance event and with the likely high weight of the fully laden bicycle, it’s unlikely he’ll miss the higher gears that such a setup sacrifices, but will appreciate the simplicity, and one less thing (front mech and gear cable) to go wrong.

There are hydraulic disc brakes too, with Shimano disc rotors attached to a Chris King rear hub and dynamo front hub, with Pacenti rims. There’s a set of time trial extension bars, a popular modification for bikepacking bike builds. A dynamo front hub will power the lights and a stem top cap with a USB port will keep electronic devices like GPS computers topped up.

You can see more photos of the bike build here www.transproject.cc and follow Timothy Pulleyn at http://thebrokenline.co.uk and more about Restrap and Woodrup. 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Bärli Bär [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Beautiful.
New dream bike
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marche [95 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice ride!
Just wondering: isn't this too much weight on the front wheel? The front paniers are missing in the movie.

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Batchy [384 posts] 2 years ago
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Why does have a brake bridge when it has disc brakes ? Nice bike and kit though !

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mrmo [2093 posts] 2 years ago
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Batchy wrote:

Why does have a brake bridge when it has disc brakes ? Nice bike and kit though !

I can't be certain, but look closely and have a think about how you mudguards without a "brake bridge", if you look you can see a vertically mounted bolt under the "brake bridge" which I suspect is for mudguards.

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Goyt [41 posts] 2 years ago
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Aero pannier bags next?  39 35

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JonD [473 posts] 2 years ago
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Judging by how much a mate's taking on the transcontinental, that looks positively overloaded  1

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timothypulleyn [11 posts] 2 years ago
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It's a bike for life so I choose to have a bridge so I can fit mud guards at a later date!

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timothypulleyn [11 posts] 2 years ago
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It's a bike for life so I choose to have a bridge so I can fit mud guards at a later date!

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timothypulleyn [11 posts] 2 years ago
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It was fully loaded for Bespoked Bicycle show. I'll probably be going for a similar setup like in the video!

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barbarus [466 posts] 2 years ago
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Instinctively dubious about the idea of magnetic frame bags but if restrap are making it I'm sure it will work. That bike is a thing of beauty.

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pmason [1 post] 2 years ago
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Anyone know what the tires are? Cheers

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Aezreth [33 posts] 2 years ago
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Gorgeous work lads, chapeau!

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knuttt [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Tyres are Panaracer Pasela I think...

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knuttt [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Tyres are Panaracer Pasela I think...

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mingmong [285 posts] 2 years ago
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Beautiful machine. #want

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gthornton101 [149 posts] 2 years ago
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what a beauty!

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Sadoldsamurai [44 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting that they've opted for an 11 speed system..
all the long distance riders I've read have gone with 9 * 3 shimano XT set-ups with two chains (which are alternated every evening..) on the basis that this is the best optimum longevity and gearing range option.. ? I can't see an 11 speed chain lasting the distance..

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vonhelmet [844 posts] 2 years ago
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Sadoldsamurai wrote:

Interesting that they've opted for an 11 speed system..
all the long distance riders I've read have gone with 9 * 3 shimano XT set-ups with two chains (which are alternated every evening..) on the basis that this is the best optimum longevity and gearing range option.. ? I can't see an 11 speed chain lasting the distance..

Some guys at work have just done a ride of about 2,200 miles between all our UK offices over the course of May. I think they were using Ultegra 6800 11 speed setups. I'd have to check with them how many broken chains they suffered.