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It is nearly a month since this woman posted her initial question, and she has yet to decide even the type of bike she should buy. I suggested she concentrate on that....
I can´t resist cutting a quote from dkoloko. I almost became a farmer this month too, so I have struggeld with quite a few decisions during these past months...
Anyways - you have been very helpful - I thought I let you know what bike it is going to be.
Ta da! http://salsacycles.com/bikes/2012_vaya
The brakes will be upgraded, the gearing might be a triple and the tires won´t be that fat.
So you are saying that you can have waterproof and breathable? I guess that depends on how much you sweat and how hard you are exercising. My experience has been and remains that waterproof and breathable fabrics are never breathable enough that I am not wet with sweat when wearing them while riding at my usual pace.
This is old. I hope it doesn't branch out into a side discussion here. I am sure the archives is loaded with this topic.
So, since this is old and you started the thread, have you found anything?
I have toured with a BOB Yak myself and I fully agree with your analysis. However there is something most trailer people never mention. Something which annoys me a lot and explains why I switched back to panniers again. When pulling a trailer, especially standing in the pedals going uphill, I feel a large dead mass behind me. A mass which tries to live its own life. I would describe it as inertia. The trailer gives me small sideways "counter forces" when pedaling and I don't like that.
Every time I have bought a stock bike, they have swapped parts for the difference in value between the parts.
I look for (liquid gas) fuel in quart bottles either at Wal-Mart, camping stores or hunting fishing stores as I travel or will try to buy it from someone at the campgrounds. Otherwise, I buy a quart at the gas station.
You can fill up a pint (or quart) fuel can at any gas station in the country with your choice of gas (petrol) or diesel.
- I have had trouble finding canisters on my tours in the US. So I don't usually tour with a canister stove.
the Salsa Vaya is geared a bit high, at least for me -- plus it's more expensive than the four models above.
No pdlamb, I´m not doing a motel trip. I do need a good bike. I´m just so afraid of getting to much a bike that it will feel too heavy. I tried a Surley Cross Check. I guess it felt pretty good, but like someone here said – riding around the block doesn´t give that much. The Cross Check has the 700 tires and with a triple crankset it is slightly lighter then the LTH.
Ok – I should hurry up and decide and order...
Waterproof and breathable means you are going to wear a coating or a membrane because the fabric itself cannot be both. I just plugged gore tex and high fashion rain pants into google and came up with a long list of silly and expensive pants. Umm, poser-wear.