Charge Plug 5 Touring Bike Set Up

The Charge Plug 5, though not specifically designed for cycle touring makes a really top notch machine for ‘bikepacking.’ It’s made from strong and sturdy steel, has rack mounts and best of all, disc brakes. I know traditionally, touring bikes don’t have disc brakes, but when I’m loaded up with all manner of camping shizzle and tearing down a steep hill, I really appreciate the stopping power of these babies!

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Sram had to recall the first batch of it’s Red 22 and S-700 road bike disc brakes, which was really annoying as that’s what I originally had on this bike. It must have been a real headache for Charge, who’d just released the Plug 5 and then had to fart about getting all the dodgy ones replaced. But mistakes happen I guess…

Anyway, after what seemed like an endless wait where I was unable to ride this bike, I finally got these replacements, and I took the chance to switch up a few other parts to make this bike suit me a little better.

First up, I shortened the stem and put on some 40cm wide Easton EA70 bars. With the new  90mm stem and these narrower bars, I’ve shortened the reach a little to make the bike more comfortable ahead of my trip to Japan. Easton were kind enough to chuck in seat post too; thanks very much guys!

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The bike itself now has Sram Red levers, Sram Via hubs, Sram Avid mechanical disc brakes and a Sram Rival crankset and derailleur.

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My saddle is the Brooks ‘Swift,’ and though I’ve not had as long as I anticipated to wear it in, it actually feels really good already, plus it looks superb.

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The rack is a Tubus Classic Logo; expensive but worth it as it comes with a ten year guarantee. If you’re interested in why I like it, I wrote a few words about it for Total Women’s Cycling.

Panniers come courtesy of Brooks; they’re the ‘Lands End’ panniers and are light and spacious.

And finally, I’ve stuck with my favourite Time Atac pedals and I just love them.

Hopefully this machine and I will have a lot of fun exploring Japan and several other locations I have in mind. May this be the summer of fun… just like all the other ones!

 

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8 responses to “Charge Plug 5 Touring Bike Set Up

  1. There is a product by TRP called the HY /RD. Its a cable accuated hydraulic disc brake. Perfect for any touring or cyclocross bike. It allows the use of any brake/shifter combo.
    An excellent product.

  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think
    I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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