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Gear Talk / Pannier Attachment Question
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:54:07 am »
I have a Jannd Low Front Rack and Ortlieb Front Roller Classics. Attaching the racks was fairly simple, but my question is, how tightly should the panniers attach to the rack? I used the specified plastic inserts on the locking hooks, but they do not feet snugly. The hooks freely slide around on the rack. The dial locking mechanism on the bottom also does not fit snugly. It seems like there must be a way to make them fit more securely. I can't imagine listening them rattle around for thousands of miles.

Do i need to add pieces of rubber to the rack to fill the space, or does it sound like I have done something wrong? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Gear Talk / Bob Trailer and Panniers?
« on: March 18, 2010, 09:00:24 pm »
I have used a bob trailer for my previous two tours, and I am planning on using it again this summer. In the past, i have wound up backpack containing a few additional items bungeed to the top of the bob. I am not maxing out the capacity of the bob bag or anything, there are just certain things I like being able to get to a little easier and they won't fit in my handlebar bag. It is also nice having the backpack for going into town once I've set up camp. It works great for laundry and food runs when I don't want to pull the trailer. The downside is, I just don't really like having it bungeed on top of the bag. It moves around some, and the backpack isn't water proof so I have to put it in a trash bag.

I am thinking I would like to use rear panniers in addition to the bob. Does anyone have experience with a set up like this? If so how did it work out? Would front panniers be better? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Underground Railroad / UGRR Slide Show
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:07:59 pm »
Here is a link to a little slide show I put together consisting of pictures I took on the UGRR route last summer. I started in Georgia and picked up the route in Aliceville, Alabama. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDREXuzxzUc

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Underground Railroad / Road Conditions in Ohio
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:03:19 pm »
I did the UGRR route last summer and i loved it! The route was great and the maps are great, but I did find one minor issue with some of the information on the maps. Under the "Riding Conditions" Section on section 4 (Milford, Ohio to Erie, Pennsylvania) The first sentence reads as follows:

"The majority of the roads on this section in Ohio are rural in nature and tend to be excellent for bike touring, with smooth, high quality blacktop."

They were definitely rural in nature, and they were very scenic, but they are in no way smooth and i don't recall anything that I would classify as "high quality blacktop". The roads in Ohio were without a doubt the worst on the entire route. Full of holes and cracks, and many times resembling hard packed gravel more so than asphalt. I hope that phrase will be removed from subsequent printings of these maps. It isn't a huge deal I suppose, but it is more than a little misleading!

Does anyone else who has ridden this route have any thoughts?


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