Date: 16 September 2014 17:25
Subject: Escapade on an Escapade
As promised, some photos of my Escapade on our recent Walney to Whitby ride.
I've scribbled a few words below in case you want something to accompany the pictures.
I wanted a new everything bike, particularly for touring, and the Escapade seemed to fit the bill nicely, especially as it came from a UK company based closed to where I live in the Peak District. Paul at Cotic provided great advice on sizing and were very helpful in getting the bike built up. I decided to go for the Hope wheels option but after doing a passable impersonation of a man wrestling a gorilla trying to fit tubed tyres to rims designed for tubeless tyres, I admitted defeat and Cotic came to the rescue by swapping the Hopes for their excellent own brand wheels - thanks to Cy and Richard at Cotic for doing this with no fuss or bother!
After some experimenting, I swapped the standard Sora 50/34 for a Middleburn 46/30 chainset which works well with the Sora front mech, and gives the low gears I wanted for loaded touring - thanks to Mark Anthony Cycles in Buxton for sorting out the minor chainline issues in time for my first trip.
The first escapade for the Escapade was on the Sustrans Walney to Whitby coast to coast route. My wife and I took the train from home to Barrow-in Furness then had overnight stops at Ulverston, Tebay, Barnard Castle, Great Ayton, and Whitby. We then rode the lovely coastal cycle path to Scarborough and returned home by train. A great car-free few days. Great scenery, great weather and great bike - the Escapade performed faultlessly and comfortably, and the low gears came in very handy as I was carrying luggage for two! I'm really pleased with the Escapade, it has a lovely steel feel and handles nicely - the only way to possibly improve it would be to build it in Reynolds 853 or 953 to reduce the weight a little!