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My concerns are the long stretches w/o any services and "Stealth" camping.
SJS Cycles (England); for example:
I prefer panniers as well. Just don't purchase giant rear panniers and overload your back end. I think my bike handles really well with medium sized panniers in back and small front panniers mounted on low-rider style front rack.
I'm having a terrible time finding a rack-mounted tail light, since everything on the market these days seems to be designed to mount on a seat post or drop tube, or even on clothing. Can anyone recommend a tail light that is designed to be mounted on the rear rack using a bolt through the mounting hole provided on a rack?
Blackburn racks. EX-1 for the rear. FL-1 lowrider for the front. $80 for both racks.
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.