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Regardless of that... Plenty of folks happily tour on cyclocross bikes. It will work fine. I have my doubts about touring bikes being good all around bikes. Mine was great on a coast to coast tour or even for commuting, but for riding centuries and such it is not nearly as nice as my road bike.QuoteI don't know that I would see a cyclocross as a great commuter or all around bike.+1. Cyclocross bikes are meant to be maneuverable at low speeds, not stable under load. They have a high bottom bracket in order to be able to get over obstacles more easily, giving you a higher center of gravity. I would definitely not consider a cyclocross bike to an ideal tourer.
I am doing the transam 2010 cross country from Yorktown to seattle in 2010Did you have a question or some info to share?
I am relatively new to this forum, and I noticed you do not have much of a profile. If I may be so bold, is your perspective from the male or female point of view? It is sometimes hard to distinguish and I always enjoy both points of view. I hope no offense is taken.No offense taken. That is a fair question. I am a 57 year old guy. I have been riding pretty much my whole life and have done some racing, both on and off road, but I have only a few tours under my belt. One was coast to coast though (AC transamerica route).
http://www.amazon.com/Powermonkey-eXplorer-Portable-Charger-Solar/dp/B000Y9KW9G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1236453768&sr=8-2I found that my cell phone was good for a week or more without charging if I turned it off when not in use. I also found that if left on when there was no signal it would die very quickly. I mean like not even a day. Just something to consider.
Looks like it has good reviews, some say it dosent even need direct sunlight to charge. Thanks for posting this I think ill but one for my cell phone and mp3 player. Nice find!
Last question - how easy are those panniers to remove every night? The one big thing I like about Ortliebs is how easily they come off for transport/securing.Mine stay loaded and on the bike for pretty much the whole tour. I don't take stuff into the tent at night, so for me it isn't much of an issue, but... The Nashbar waterproof come off easily enough. Actually I don't see how they could be any easier. The top has hooks and the bottom a hook on the end of the velcro. Just lift the top off and the unhook the bungee if it doesn't fall free on it's own.
Cheers. I had seen those Performance panniers but those reviews about the fastenings coming off, etc. had put me off. Good to know that these are reliable bags...Yeah, I have seen complaints too. We did a 4244 mile tour in 2007 and my daughter used two of them much of the time for daily commuting for since then. No problems with fasteners coming off and the bags are still in great shape. We definitely did not baby them either. We often just laid the bikes on their side on the panniers, etc.
Thanks for the help!