Having spent a great deal of time off-road on 26” mountain bikes, the resurgence of the popular mid-sized wheel on touring bikes is a visual relief. The availability of 26” tires in remote countries make them a popular alternative for world-beater randonneurs and this Baum tourer is exactly that.
Liveried in British Racing Green, this frame by Australia’s Darren Baum of Baum Cycles will cut a dashing figure while blazing across the nether regions of colonial outposts, and the components will ensure mechanical reliability. A Rohloff hub comprises the transmission, while sliding dropouts enable adjustment. S&S couplings means the whole bike can be broken down to fit inside a traveling case and Tubus racks will carry the luggage. The legendary Hope disc brakes provide deceleration and a Schmidt dynamo front hub will produce the necessary power for illumination. A Thomson stem and seat post will support the contact points. Dehydration won’t be an issue with three bidon cages.
Completely utilitarian, Baum ‘s 26” tourer is the Land Rover Defender of bicycles, and a lot more environmentally conscious, to boot. Baum Cycles can be contacted through their website, and you can browse Darren’s portfolio on their flickr stream.