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I am going to put a Schmidt NAB28 Dyno Hub with a BM EWERK, on my Comotion. Expensive but it can power my lighting too. (I do not relish dealing with Peter White) Considering the amount of cyclist, in Europe who use this set up, I am surprised more Americans haven't considered this to power GPS's, Phones, and other electronic devices.
Unfortunately, Cannondale stopped making their touring bike in 2011. I guess they didn't sell enough of them and they are now making their bikes in China.
... Advice is to get the smallest inner chainring you can for whatever crank comes on the bike. Trek advertises a 26 inner ring. Too big. Get the shop to put a smaller inner ring on it.
My advice would be to replace the original crank with a mountain bike crank and get a 22 tooth low gear on it. I did that with a Trek 520 I ordered. There may be a small up-charge, but it's worth it.
I have a pair of regular Front Rollers that are splendid. My only gripe is that they slide back on the front rack and the clip rubs against the fork chafing it down to bare metal. Any suggestions for preventing this short of sacrificial electrical tape around the fork?
I was thinking of that Northern route. Do people know is it much of it off road just so i can decided on appropriate tires and pressure. Motels average at about $50 a night right? From what i have read it doesn't common place for attacks to happen. Also what kind of climbs should I be expecting?
How does one justify the added expense, weight, and complexity (non standard parts) of the internal hub system?
Jan Heine is one of the most respected cyclists and authors on cycling in the country, including to Adventure Cycling Magazine. To suggest that "bicycle Quarterly was making this stuff up" is absurd at best and libelous at worst. Your experience may have been different than Jan's but that is not proof of his dishonesty.