Earlier this year, Shawn reached out to us to buy two identical Wabis, and we were excited to hear about the plans for his pre-wedding trip.
This week, we are sharing some components of Shawn and Adriana’s bikes, a detailed list of the gear they took with them on their trip, and an update on where the couple has been so far.
Building the Wabis
Shawn was curious about opting for belt drives instead of chains. “I talked to Richard Snook about the idea a million times. I really didn’t mind getting the chain grease all over Adriana’s leg…so when the possibility of a belt was mentioned to her, she jumped on it and I just decided to go ahead and finally try it.”
After a few modifications to their Wabi Specials, Matt fitted the belt drives on properly.
The following list contains the main components for the couple’s completed bike build:
- 2 x Wabi Special Frameset
- 4 x Custom Sub-15 Wheelset
- 2 x Ceeway Stay Splitter
- 2 x MKS Chain Tensioner
- 2 x Gates Carbon Drive 55T CDX Sprocket
- 2 x Gates 21T CDX Thread on Cog
- 2 x Gates 111T CDX Black Belt
- 2 x Black Velox Handlebar Tape
- 1 x ESI Silicone Tape
- 4 x Continental Gatorskin Hardshell Folding 700×25
- 2 x Exustar PM-816 Pedals
Below, Shawn shares more details of the gear they took with them.
This trip is really just an extension of a prior trip I did on my first Wabi (prototype SE) during the summer of 2013.
I had just finished a very long documentary editing assignment and decided to bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles while staying in motels and Airbnbs.
Wabi founder Richard Snook had mentioned that I could travel “light”—only bringing a change of clothes and some basic gear. This included tubes, a frame pump, and a patch kit.
His advice was to wash my bike jersey and shorts in the sink every day and hang them up to dry for the next day’s ride, and that is exactly what I did.
CUT TO THIS TRIP
We’re doing the same kind of “credit card camping” by booking spots to stay in advance. Even so, our gear is limited to each of us having a copy of these things:
- 1 x Ortileb Saddle-Bag — Size L
- 2 x Michelin AirStop Butyl Tubes — 40mm Stem / 700 x 18-25cc
- 1 x Crank Brothers Long Frame Pump with Guage
- 1 x Dual Port Motorola Charger
- 2 x hi-Lybe Electrolytes
- 1 x Bike Light Set
- 1 x Tigr Mini Bike Lock
- 1 x Pedro’s Tire Levers
- 1 x Lezyne Alloy Patch Kit
- 1 x Lezyne Micro Caddy — Size M
- 1 x Maxrock phone mount
- 2 x ABLOC Bottles — 1 small + 1 medium
In addition, we have our jerseys, a change of clothes, and our bike shoes. But the supplies listed above are really just the essentials for going about 100-120km a day between motels, Airbnbs, and our friends’ places.
I’m using the Maxrock phone mount for my iPhone. Basically, I just follow Google Maps as a live GPS between destinations. I have a battery case, which provides enough juice for a full 8 hours of Google Maps guidance; however, we only need about 4-5 hours of guidance between places.
We compact our tools so they all fit in the Lezyne Micro Caddy, which fits inside our TiGr Lock triangle. We save room by using a single water bottle mount to attach to the seat tube. This way, we must keep our smaller ABLOC water bottle in our jersey pocket on our backs. The larger bottle is mounted on the frame on the down tube water bottle mount.
Ultimately, we are traveling really light and compact. It’s like bike touring, without any of the heavy stuff.
You have to plan to stop for food each day, know each destination in advance, and time your day right.
Overall, there is much more micromanagement and planning to do it this way, but regardless, I feel that it plays to the strength of having such a light, comfortable, steel fixed gear bike.
Where are they now?
Shawn and Adriana are making good time on their trip! They’ve already made their way out of Canada and through Washington.
They have kept us updated with all of their food, drink, and scenic stops along the way. On Friday morning they were in Salem, Oregon. Yesterday, they were enjoying beers at Blue Heron Bistro in Coos Bay, Oregon.
They will be riding into California soon—one mile closer to tying the knot!
Here are some Wabi highlights from their Instagram account, @adrianacorne.
Follow them for more behind-the-scenes updates from their pre-wedding journey!