Thorn Rohloff EXP

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Garry brought his Thorn Rohloff EXP now called Passepartout from SJS cycles in Bridgewater, Somerset in May 2008. Why Passepartout? In the Jules Verne novel “Around the world in eighty days” Phileas Fogg’s manservant was Passepartout. And as a manservant would have helped to carry Phileas Fogg’s bags around the world! And as Garry’s bike had carried his bags across the globe on his world tour, it felt fitting to Garry!

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Garry’s Thorn Rohloff EXP

Garry’s original touring bike was his old Marin mountain bike. Which he had converted into a hybrid bike, by adding front and rear racks. But after deciding to cycle from Spain to England, Garry decided he needed a new bike. And after a little research, decided to buy a Thorn.

Garry’s Thorn Rohloff EXP has now covered more than 40,000 miles. In 30 countries, across 5 continents! As of July 2015.

Bike and components List

  • Frame; Thorn Rohloff EXP
  • Handlebars; Thorn 6061 Straight bars with anatomic grips & zoom alloy ski bar ends
  • Gears; Rohloff Speadhub 500/14 in black
  • Wheels; Tungsten black carbide
  • Tyres; Schwalbe Marathon 26 x 1.75
  • Brakes; Shimano XTR V-Brakes with swiss top blue brake pads
  • Mudguards; SKS chromo plastic in black
  • Chainring; Thorn 110mm 5 Arm Reversible Single ring – Black 42T
  • Chainset; Thorn170mm 5 arm cranks (73mm shell)
  • Saddle; Brooks B17 Standard leather saddle
  • Front Rack; Thorn MkV low loader in black powder
  • Racks; Thorn Expedition Steel Rack in black powder
  • Dynamo; Schmidt 28 dyno hub 32 hole in black
  • Front Light; Busch & Muller Lumotec
  • Rear Light; Cateye LD1100
  • Pedals; MKS mtn-lite with Zefal easy clip mini strapless toe clips
  • Computer; Cateye CC-MT 400 Mity 8 cycle computer

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Marin Palisades Trail

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Garry’s Marin in 2015

Garry started bicycle touring using his Marin Palisades Trail, mountain bike. Which he brought in 1992. Garry had always been a keen cyclist. But family life and work commitments, prevented Garry from cycling as much as he would have liked.

In 2002, Garry gave up smoking, after being a smoker for much of his life! And being a heavy smoker, smoking 40/60 cigarettes a day, it was a struggle!

Now Garry was riding his bike a lot more, he added a rear rack and some panniers. Making it more of a hybrid bike. After making these modifications, Garry went on his first long-distance cycle ride. An 80-mile bike ride, along the south coast of England.

After this first ride, Garry found he had a real taste for long-distance riding and cycle-touring. And soon added a front rack and panniers to his bike. Now Garry’s Marin was fully converted to a hybrid bike, he would get away as often as possible. Which wasn’t very often!

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Garry’s Marin bike, a few years later on the Isle of Wight. Now with a front rack fitted

Unfortunately, in 2007 Garry lost his wife to breast cancer. After his sad lose, Garry decided to go on a long bicycle ride! From Spain to England! Unfortunately, Garry’s Marin Palisades Trail was now 17 years old, and bike technology had moved on. And as much as Garry would have loved to have ridden his Marin from Spain, back home. He decided it was probably better to get a new bike.

Although Garry doesn’t use his Marin for touring anymore, he still rides it every day.

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