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Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar Rearview Mirror
« on: Today at 12:45:52 pm »
 How about the Otlieb mirror? Clamps on anyplace. I don't own one, but have seen them in my LBS and they look good.

General Discussion / Re: Rain Gear for Touring
« on: July 07, 2016, 05:10:27 pm »
I've had a Marmot Precip for a few years and don't think it's all that great. Definitely not breathable, but ok at being waterproof. I'm still a Goretex fan, especially the newer versions without liners.

I think fenders are hugely useful, especially the front one for keeping spray off my shoes. When touring usually the panniers and stuff on top of the rack can mostly serve the function of the rear fender, but then all that stuff gets soaked.

A belated thanks for the rack bag. Shipped promptly and arrived quickly, in exactly the conditions stated (new with tags). Thanks!!

Hi! I'm interested in your front Sport Packer Plus panniers. Are they still available and are you selling the rack with it by chance?
I'm preparing for a TransAmerica tour.


Meadowskipper appears to be selling the matching front/rear Tubus racks in a separate posting (at a very good price, BTW).

Price dropped to $1995, which is a steal for this $4800 bike. Give it a good home!

PM sent for rack-top bag.

PM replied! :-)

Just posted in your WTB ad. I do have another set of NOS modular Beckman panniers, and a smaller matching set.

Classifieds / Re: WTB Robert Beckman touring panniers
« on: June 10, 2016, 09:12:16 pm »
I have a set of NOS (never used) Beckman Modular Tandem panniers in red and a smaller set of matching red panniers used once (almost NOS). I also have a matching set of Bruce Gordon racks, recently powder-coated and in excellent shape. I've been hanging on to them to use touring on our triplet (where pannier space is at a premium) but maybe it's time to find them a home where they will actually be used.

Note that in the photos they appear somewhat orange, but they are really a true red, and both sets match. Interiors are yellow for ease of finding things. I have shoulder straps for the Modular panniers, and rain covers for both sets (rain covers are older and used from my previous set of Beckman bags, and are included as-is).

The Modular panniers appear to be similar, if not identical, to the "Modular Tandem/Expedition Hybrid Panniers" shown on this page:

I'm not sure what model the smaller panniers would equate with in Beckman's current line. They are similar in design and construction to the Modular panniers, but do not have the zip-off outside compartment. And, of course, they are a good bit smaller.

PM me for more details and to discuss pricing.

Classifieds / Re: FS: 2015 Co-Motion Divide Bike
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:40:10 pm »
Location, size, photos needed! Is the frame coupled?

Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway Complete Route Info
« on: May 12, 2016, 12:57:20 pm »
The East Coast Greenway is still fairly new, and not fully completed yet. You'll probably find more info on the ACA's Atlantic Coast Route, which has been around for a lot longer.

For ACA Atlantic Coast journals, see

You might find some other related journals in here:

General Discussion / Re: Michelin Maps or Google Maps for Europe?
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:56:45 am »
For touring in Europe, for many countries there are bike-specific maps that are available. These are really handy because they show all bike paths, good roads for biking, and usually even show where there are hills (marked with light or dark arrows to show severity). Germany and Austria are pretty well covered by these, and I've found them for the Czech Republic, too. The only issue is that they are detailed in scale (~1:75,000) and as such only cover a narrow area.

Classifieds / Re: FOR SALE: Co-Motion Pangea S&S XS size
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:24:59 pm »
Price lowered!

Yes, as others have said, getting a box from an airline at the airport can be very hit or miss nowadays. Some airlines have their own, but may not have them in stock. If you are flying a return flight out of the same airport you arrived in, you could ask the airline to hold your boxes for you for the return flight, or at least put a request in with them to have new ones available for your return. I know both these options sound like they would never work, but they have for me (for example, US Airways held three boxes for me in Munich for our return flight once).

Always give yourself an extra day before you flight home to source a box and pack it up. If you are using an airline box, try to go to the airport the day before and get the box. If the airline is out of them, they may be able to request one from another location and have it delivered by an incoming plane (happened for me in Paris once, they sent one over on a plane from the USA).

Gear Talk / Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« on: March 16, 2016, 02:51:06 pm »
I have a 44cm Co-Motion Pangea Co-Pilot for sale, listed on the forum in the classifieds, if you are interested. Fits my 5'2" wife just fine, and has about a 28" standover.

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