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Touring/hybrid/niner wheelset. Shimano Deore hubs laced 36x with DT spokes to Mavic T520 rims. Very low miles on this wheelset, was on my wife's touring bike for less than 50 miles. 135mm rear spacing. Nice wheelset! $149 + shipping. Photos on request.

Located in Philadelphia, Pa., area if you want to pick up.

Selling one set of modular rear panniers by Robert Beckman Designs (aka Sakkit). These are an extra-large set originally designed for tandem use, but also great for any kind of long (or short!) trip due to their modular design and flexibility. Front pockets easily zip off to make the set smaller or so you can take just a few necessities into wherever you are going.

Main pannier has two large compartments. Outside area has mesh for clothes drying or other quick access.

Beckman panniers are rock-solid when mounted due to their unique suspension system. The bags themselves are made to be bomb-proof, with Cordura nylon, heavy duty zippers, etc. They are handmade in the USA by Beckman.

Condition: no rips or tears, fabric and zippers in perfect condition. They could use a good cleaning, but that's about all they need.

Selling these hard to find panniers for $150 + shipping. Located in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. See photos on my bikeforums ad at

Classifieds / UPDATED> FS: MTB/Touring Parts
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:23:29 pm »

E-mail if you have questions or want additional photos. See below in additional postings for photos of most items.

All prices do not include shipping. Pick up in the Philadelphia, Pa., area welcomed, or I'm happy to ship.

Touring/hybrid/niner wheelset. Shimano Deore hubs laced 36x with DT spokes to Mavic T520 rims. Very low miles on this wheelset, was on my wife's touring bike for less than 50 miles. 135mm rear spacing. Nice wheelset! $149.

Front derailleur Shimano XT FD-M735. 28.6, bottom pull. These are actually pretty sought after due to their wide range capability. Retro-dudes like them for half-step setups. Nice shape, a little bit of wear to the black near the swingarm. $25

Front derailleur Shimano DX FD-MT62. 28.6, bottom pull. Again, a wide range front derailleur. Good shape, some wear to the finish on the inside of the cage. $20.

Blackburn Expedition rear rack. Black, for 700c wheels. In good shape with mounting struts. $20.

XTR rear derailleur. Shimano M953 8-9 speed compatible (Mega9). Rapid Rise. Bottom pulley has typical crack in it (it seems every XTR RD I have has this happen), but does not effect use. Some scratches, but otherwise good (was on my wife's bike). $40

XTR front derailleur. Shimano M950. 34.9mm clamp size (fits most aluminum frames), you can use on smaller frames with a shim (not included). Top swing (low clamp) leaves plenty of room on your seat tube for bottle cages or whatever. Some pitting of chrome finish, but functionally perfect. $10

>> Buy both XTR RD and FD for $45 + shipping and save $5.

8-speed cassettes. XT M737 11-28, VGC, $25; LX, 11-28, GC, $10.

DX tandem or single-speed crankset. Shimano MT60, 175mm length. NOS in perfect condition. This is a tandem "captain's" crankset with pedal holes tapped in reverse from a regular crank (arm with chainring is designed to go on the left side of the bike), but works great as a single speed crank if you retap the threads or put some Helicoils in the pedal holes. Includes NOS Shimano 38 tooth 110 BCD chainring. Really nice old school cranks! $30

Looking for something else? E-mail me, I might have it. My wife says "clean out the garage" so I'm paring down many years worth of parts packratting.

Just got back from a tour along the Danube bike route from Passau to Vienna, and I have an as-new Bikeline guidebook for sale. It's the newest version (bought it two weeks ago in Passau, Germany) and is the version in English, covering the section noted above. It cost 13 euros (a bit over $16 USD at current rates). I'll sell for $11.50 shipped (in the USA via Media Mail) and throw in any free advice you want. I've biked this route several times now and know it fairly well.

This book is difficult to impossible to find in the USA, but is really the premier guide to this route. The route is also known as the "Donauradweg" in German, for keyword purposes.

Classifieds / **SOLD**Co-Motion Nor'wester ("Sport") Frame + Fork
« on: November 02, 2011, 04:11:09 pm »
Co-Motion Nor'wester 53/54 cm Reynolds 853 steel frame w/Co-Motion steel fork. Sloping top tube gives it a standover a bit over 76cm (30") with 25mm tires. This is the "Nor'wester," also previously known as the "Nor'wester Sport.
This frame is badged as "Custom" frame due to the fact that it was built with a sloping top tube before Co-Motion made that standard. As of last year, Co-Motion now builds all the Nor'wester frames this way. Uses long-reach sidepull brakes. Most all specs are identical to a current 54cm Nor'wester. See for Co-Motion's website and current bike details.

Chainstays are 42cm center-center. Sloping top tube allows it to fit a wider range of sizes. I can never quite figure out how Co-Motion measures their frame sizes, but the actual measurements are 48cm seat tube c-c, 51 c-t. Standover is around 30". I usually ride a 52-53 (21") frame and this fits fine. It would probably also fit someone a bit taller, as I tend to like my frames a little big.

Beautiful bright "Ferrari Red" paint with vanilla/light yellow panels (photos below don't show the red color correctly: think fire-engine red). I always got compliments when I had it out on rides. A few small paint nicks, all touched up with matching paint. Frame looks almost new. The bike rides beautifully. Responsive yet stable and comfortable unloaded, while also handling well when loaded, too. A fabulous all-around bike that you can ride locally and also on a long tour. Also idea for randonneuring/Audax style riding.

The only reason I'm selling is because I got the same thing with S&S couplers. This frame would also be a good candidate for an S&S retrofit, which I considered, but I got a good deal on an S&S Nor'wester and went that route.

-Built for long-reach sidepull brakes, allowing use of fenders and wider tires
-Rear rack braze-ons, two sets of bottle bosses, pump peg, dropout eyelets, derailleur cable adjuster braze-ons on headtube (nice feature eliminates cable rub), fender mounting points, etc.
-1-1/8" threadless steerer tube
-Takes 700c wheels
-Takes a 27.2 seatpost
-130mm rear dropout spacing
- Frame measurements (pretty close but may not be to the mm): top tube actual (sloping) 53.5cm c-c // seat tube 48cm c-c, 51 c-t // down tube 64cm c-c // chainstays 42cm c-c // seatstays 47cm c-c // headtube 135mm actual (slightly longer than normal to allow higher handlebar height)

See lots more pictures at

Frameset price for 2011 is $1,745 + $100 for steel fork + $225 panel paint option = $2,070 new.

>> Buy this almost-new frame for nearly 2/3 off the retail price: $745 for frame and fork <<

Shimano Ultegra-level long-reach brakes also available for an additional $45. Other parts may also be available, including a 36-spoke wheelset (Ultegra/Mavic), Ultegra triple cranks, and more.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Willing to ship at buyer's expense (actual shipping cost only, no handling charge) and will take PayPal if buyer pays the transaction fee.

Classifieds / FS: Walrus Arch Rival 2p Tent
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:42:35 am »
Walrus Arch Rival two-person lightweight backpacking or bike touring tent. Excellent condition, little use. About 4 pounds and very compact when packed. Not freestanding, but lots of room and very easy to pitch (two-hoop design). This was a Backpacker Magazine editor’s choice in its day. Made in USA by Walrus before REI bought them out. Stock photo below, I'll have actual pics soon. $95 + shipping

Not sure why it took me so long to finish a journal for a three-day bike tour, but my write-up of my fall 2010 ride along the GAP is now complete.

Hopefully it will prove helpful to others contemplating the same ride. Plenty of detail, photos, maps, and resource links.

I also have a write-up of my 2008 C&O ride at

I'm selling a SINGLE (one, uno, un, ein) Ortlieb "Bike-Packer Plus" rear touring pannier. It's brand-new, never used. So what can you do with one pannier? It's great for commuting, shopping, general around-town use, day tripping, etc. Or maybe as a spare for your existing set (Ortlieb does not sell single panniers). How often do you really need two panniers, unless you are actually touring?

Color is red for maximum visibility and safety on the road. It has Ortlieb's "Plus/Light" fabric, which is a waterproof Cordura nylon. Expandable inner sleeve with drawstring and a top hood that fastens with buckles. Has a mesh pocket and a roll-top waterproof pocket on the front. Uses Ortlieb's easy-to-adjust QL-2 attachment system on the back. Super-easy to remove when you get to your destination, just pull up on the handle and you are off, but it also locks securely to the rack when riding.

Works great on all types of racks, including Blackburn and Tubus.

$99 shipped in lower 48 states. I can't seem to get pics to post here; see them on my Craigslist ad at

Classifieds / Want to trade? My 700c Blackburn Exp rack for your 26" same
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:21:29 am »
Looking to trade my silver Blackburn Expedition rack in good condition for the same thing (or in black) but for a 26"-wheeled bike.

Carbon fiber fork for 700c wheels. 1-1/8" threadless steerer (metal, not carbon), uncut. Designed for touring (or cross) bikes. Has brake studs for cantilever or V-brakes, eyelets on the dropouts, and even mounts for your lowrider rack built-in! $125, shipped in USA. Bought for a project, but never ended up using.

Classifieds / WTB: 700c wheelset with Phil or Chris King hubset
« on: July 12, 2010, 01:25:34 pm »
It's a long shot, but... I'm looking for a set of high-quality wheels for a Co-Motion Nor'wester frame I just bought. 700c, 130mm rear spacing (although I could respace down from 135mm, too), 32 or 36 spokes, and Phil Wood or Chris King hubs that will take a Shimano 9-speed cassette. Please drop me an e-mail if you have something to sell.

Classifieds / FS: Cannondale SilkTour 700 touring bike
« on: April 24, 2010, 12:27:18 am »
This is a very cool and hard-to-find Cannondale SilkTour 700 road bicycle. The Silk Tour is one of the most multi-purpose bikes you'll likely ever see. Use it for regular road riding, touring, commuting, charity rides, about-town riding, paths, or even light trail riding. Would be a perfect bike for a tour on a trail like the C&O canal or similar (which is what we originally bought it for). It features Cannondale's HeadShok front suspension, with a lockout knob at the top of the fork for on the fly lockout. This gives  you the best of both worlds: turn the suspension on to smooth out bumps, or off for more responsive road riding or climbing. 700c wheels.

Low miles, in nice shape, with some light scratches here and there from moving around the garage (nothing major at all). It's my wife's bike and she rarely rides it (we mostly ride our tandem and triplet). I've held onto the bike despite it gathering dust in my garage because it's such a neat bike; it always gets positive comments on the rare occasions we take it out on a ride. Too many bikes in the garage now, though, so it's gotta go.

Here are the specs:

-Cannondale CAAD2 aluminum frame
-16" frame size, fits a really wide range of sizes due to V-style frame (my 5'2" wife has ridden it, as has my 5'11" friend)
-HeadShok fork with lockout
-Frame has braze-ons including rear rack mounts, fork eyelets, two sets of bottle bosses, etc.
-Drop handlebars and Cannondale HeadShok-specific stem (you can choose between a short or long-reach stem; I have both available)
-Shimano Tiagra 9-speed STI shifters/brake levers, with new auxiliary cross-style brake levers at top of bars (see pics). I actually like the Tiagra levers better than the Ultegra levers I have on my other bikes; the FD shifter has more trim options, making it very nice to use with a triple crank
-Shimano Tiagra front derailleur, LX rear derailleur
-SRAM 12-34 9-speed cassette
-Cannondale-branded Sugino triple crank. 170mm arms, 48-38-28 rings (ramped for 9 speed), 110/74 BCD gives you plenty of option
-Super-strong 700c wheelset, consisting of Mavic T224 rims, 36 spokes, and very nice Cannondale Omega cartridge-bearing QR hubs (made by DT Swiss); Shimano QR skewers
-Conti Top Touring tires, 700x35mm (or maybe 38mm, have to double check)
-Cannondale cantilever brakes (Avid Shorty knockoffs)
-Brand-new Selle Royale gel saddle
-Alloy microadjust seatpost, QR seatpost binder
-Also includes two water bottle cages, not shown, as well as a Blackburn rear rack (if I can find the hardware for it... no promises)

Price is $499 + shipping if needed. For some reason the forum won't let me post photos. See my Craigslist posting for photos (or e-mail for more, higher-res pics) at

Located in the Philadelphia, Pa., area, but am willing to ship if needed. E-mail me (briwasson at verizon dot net) for my phone number if you want to chat more about the bike.

I've noticed several nice, high-end touring bikes on Ebay and Craigslist that you may be interested in. None are mine, I don't know the owners, etc. Sadly not one of them fits me, or else I'd be buying one!

48cm Bilenky Travelite S&S frame and case. Looks nice! @$800 with no bids yet.

47cm (compact) Bruce Gordon Rock-n-Road. Fully built. Sweet looking BG bike.

23" Bilenky Signature Touring in Florida.

Classifieds / WANTED: 700c touring wheelset w/ 135mm rear spacing
« on: March 22, 2010, 04:38:46 pm »
Looking for a decent-quality 700c wheelset with 135mm rear spacing and 8/9 speed Shimano cassette capability. Please e-mail with what you have and how much you want for it. Photos would be great. Thanks!

Classifieds / FS: Adiddas bike touring shoes
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:17:30 pm »
A very nice pair of nearly new (worn once) Adiddas bike shoes. Perfect for touring; very nice design looks good off the bike. SPD cleat compatible (cleats never mounted/not included). Size 10 mens. In excellent, almost-new condition. $25 + shipping, or pick up in the Philadelphia area. See my Craigslist ad for photos:

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