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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).

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.

This Co-Motion Pangea 26"-wheeled touring bike with S&S travel couplers is perfect for a shorter person looking for a high quality touring and travel bike. Standover height is ~28 inches. The seat tube measures ~45cm, and with the sloping top tube the frame has a good bit of size flexibility (Co-Motion calls this a 48cm in their frame specs on their website). It should comfortably fit someone between 4'9" and 5'3" or thereabouts.

Co-Motion is a leader in custom and semi-custom touring bike building and is known for its well-made bikes. Scroll down for the full build list and all measurements. Do a Web search and you'll find a lot of great reviews of the Pangea.

The paint job is a very cool purple to black fade. The bike is used (2009 build date) and shows some scratches on the frame, most of which have been touched up, and it looks fine from five feet away. I tried to catch all the blemishes in the photos. Otherwise it is in great condition.

My wife is the second owner of the bike (bought used from a bike shop). Sorry, an S&S case is NOT included in the sale (you will get the special S&S coupler spanner wrench, though).

Lots of photos (24) on my Craigslist ad at

Co-Motion's description:

"Far from a mountain bike with a drop bar, the Pangea is designed with the stable, responsive touring geometry that has made Co-Motion an industry leader.
- Super-duty, extra-large diameter Reynolds 725 Steel tubing and rock-steady hand-built touring fork
- Long chain-stays, room for fat tires and fenders, plus fittings for three bottles, front and rear racks, and the toughness you need for your global touring expedition"

Co-Pilot travel option with S&S couplers
Reynolds 725 steel tubing
Frame size (measured) 45cm; Co-Motion calls this a "48cm" on their website, probably because the sloping top tube gives a lot of flexibility.
28" standover height
Seat tube: 45cm center-top, 40.5 center-center
Virtual top tube: 48 cm (sloping top tube)
Center seatpost to center handlebars: 58cm (with 110mm stem)
Full touring braze-ons, including front and rear rack and three bottle-cage mounts

Brakes: Avid SD-7 V-brakes
Brake levers: Cane Creek for drop bars
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR M971, long cage
Front derailleur: Shimano XT M761
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end, 9-speed, indexed w/friction override
Cassette: Shimano XT M770 11-34 9-speed
Chain: SRAM, 9-speed (recent, maybe 100 miles on it)
Crankset: Race Face Deus, 24/34/46 rings, 170mm arms
Headset: Chris King 1-1/8", black threadless
Wheelset: Shimano XT hubs on Sun Ryhno Lite rims
Skewers: Shimano XT
Tires: New WTB Slickasaurus 26x1.1 road tires (bike will accept really wide tires if you want, even up to MTB tires)
Handlebars: FSA Omega 42 cm
Stem: FSA OS150, 110mm x 6 deg., black, 4-bolt removable faceplate
Seatpost: Kalloy Uno Seraph, 29.8 x 350mm, black
Seat: Basic Terry "Sport" women's seat installed for test rides, will include if buyer wishes to keep it
Pedals: not included (well, I might have a set of Shimano XT SPDs in my garage that you can have if I can find them)
Misc: alloy QR seatpost binder; DaVinci cable splitters on all cables (except front brake); inline cable adjusters

Selling this bike for $1895. (For reference, a current Pangea with couplers would cost around $4,800.)

Located in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. Will consider shipping or meeting a buyer within a 1-1.5 hour drive. PayPal accepted for long-distance sale, with seller/buyer splitting the fee.

Although this is a 2009 model, it is very similar to the current model shown on Co-Motion's website at The main difference is the new model has disc brakes and is 10-speed instead of 9-speed (although the new model has downgraded the derailleurs to an XT rear and 105 front vs. XTR and XT on this bike). For touring, many prefer V-brakes over discs anyway, and the difference between 9- and 10-speed drivetrains is negligible.

General Discussion / Re: Riding Amtrak from Washington DC to Cumberland MD
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:41:16 pm »
I've biked the C&O and the GAP self-contained (two separate trips). Can't help you on the train part, but I will suggest that you consider seeing if you can make do with just rear panniers and bar bag. When I ride the C&O first I used four panniers, bar bag, etc. For my GAP ride just used rear panniers and bar bag, and found I didn't really need the extra space of front panniers. Especially on the GAP there are plenty of resupply opportunities and you can make do just fine with less space IMO.

For the train, get a thin, light and cheap duffle that will fit your gear inside and your panniers (flattened if possible). Conductors are more likely to notice someone juggling a pile of panniers and sundry gear than a person with one bag, even if it's on the large size.

At the end of my C&O trip in Washington, I packed my S&S bike in a backpack case, along with most of my gear. I wore the (very heavy) bike and gear backpack case on my back and carried my handlebar bag over my shoulder. Nobody looked twice at me, even though the S&S case was fairly large.

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