That’s it! We’ve elected the bikes that will carry us around the world!

We were looking for a bike designed for a long journey throughout many countries and thus we wanted it to be 1) tough, 2) composed of parts easily found on the way, 3) easily personalized according to our wishes 4) French! (a bit of patriotism doesn’t hurt 😉

Then, we found Vagabonde Cycles, a local company that design and build tailor-made bikes. They have been extremely nice to us, listening to our wishes and advising us.

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With Vagabonde, we have chosen the “Minimal”. Because it is now too late for ordering a tailor-made bike we chose two bikes of standard size which, nevertheless, will be nicely customised. Here are the bike initial specifications:

Vagabonde serie MINIMAL

The bike will not be equipped with a classical derailleur but with a Rohloff gearbox. It is an German alternative gear system which has all advantages of the derailleur system (low weight, high working efficiency, large range of gears, etc.), but not its known disadvantages (high maintenance, low level of dirt resistance, short wear, etc.).


The Rohloff Speedhub has 14 gears with an even gear increase of 13.6% and a large overall range of gears (526%). As seen on the following graph, there is no redundancy of gears unlike with a classical derailleur:


Here is a striptease of the Rohloff Speedhub:




And here are our bikes materialized!!

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