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What bike for Paris-Brest-Paris? As 1,200km randonnée gets underway, we look at the bikes being ridden

Paris-Brest-Paris is underway, here's a look at some of the bikes being ridden in 1,200km event

It’s one of the biggest and most famous long-distance cycling events in the world, and it started at the weekend. It’s Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1,200km randonnée that truly challenges stamina and mental fortitude.

It’s also a big test for equipment, which is why you see a wide assortment of bikes being ridden at this event, from aero race bikes with minimal luggage to fully laden touring bikes, fat bikes to recumbents and more at the more bizarre end of the spectrum.

That is the beauty of events like this, there is no perfect bike. It’s entirely down to personal preference, and there’s a lot of personalisation on show. Here’s a round of some of the most interesting bikes as shared by Twitter and Instagram.

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Interesting bikes! #pbp2019

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Which would you ride?

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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