Hope wheel – rim cracked

Sometime April/May last year, I’ve bought a hope 20five rs4 wheel through a local bike shop in Croydon, where I used to live at the time. I did some miles on it, have done LEL and other audaxes, loved the wheel, etc! I put the same wheel on the new Cube bike I’ve bought for TCRNo6 and did some miles, without any issues.

Fast forward to a few days ago, I bought my bike in for a service in a local bike shop, and got a call from the mechanic asking me If I knew about the 6 cracks in the rear wheel rim!

Gotten in touch with hope the next day and they kindly offered me to send the wheel back, so they could inspect/replace the rim. Alternatively, they could send me a replacement rim to the bike shop and they could do it if they agreed to it, but i’d pay the fees for rebuilding the wheel. All of this has happened 6 days before the transcontinental race…All bike shops are booked out, no one even wanted to see the wheel! and hope are not able to turn it around so fast.

Having said all of that, SPA cycles agreed to build me  wheel, but on centerlock hub, which would require an adaptor to 6bolt disc!

I have chosen to buy a newly built wheel, which would fit exactly as the old wheel has fitted. It is a hope wheel, so I am giving them another hope! Hopefully, they’ll fix the old wheel without a fuss when I’ll get back.


To be continued!

Sleeping bag review [ Highlander Trekker Superlite

I have bought this sleeping bag specifically for the transcontinental race due to the weight and pack size. I have a few other sleeping bags which I have used for bike packing trips, but they are all much bigger in size and did not tick the box of being small!


  •    Some stats of the sleeping bag:
  • Season Rating 1-2 season
  • Open Size 220 x 80/50cm
  • Packed Size 18 x 12cm
  • Weight (grams) 480
  • Comfort Temperature (°C) 14
  • Extreme Temperature (°C) -2

I had an opportunity to use the bag once already for a night when I cycled over to Wales for the Brevet Cymru Audax. I used the bag as well as bivvy bag on a bench in a park not too far from the start! During the night, the temperature probably did drop to around 4-6 degrees. I did not get too cold, but I would have felt if the temperature dropped any further, probably on the lower limits of my sleeping setup. Unfortunately, at that time I did not have my skeleton sleeping pad, the night would have been even more comfier!


You probably are able to get to the advertised compression size, but I believe it would strain the straps a lot if you compressed as much as possible everytime, so I tend not to overdo it, as it would probably break over time and when storing, I undo the straps at all.