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Classifieds / Arkel Big Bag, and Brooks saddle
« on: January 03, 2008, 02:57:54 pm »
I would like to find homes for 2 brand new, never used touring items: a black Arkel "Big Bag" handlebar bag, with fitted rain cover. New cost is $168 - make me a reasonable offer. Also, I have a British Racing Green Brooks "Professional" saddle, with copper rivets and rails from a 2005 Cannondale T2000 which I switched out. Never used, also best offer.

If your offer is reasonable, I'll cover the shipping. For more info, contact me at:

Thanks - Happy New Year!

Gear Talk / Touring bike for smaller person?
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:42:42 pm »
My partner and I are planning to tour in the near future, and we're looking to find her a good bike that will fit her well. She is petite, at 5'0" and with a standover of 28". Everything but her heart is kinda small scale. At this point, she'd prefer racks and panniers over a BoB, so a tour-specific bike seems the best bet. We're looking at the Surly LHT, Jamis Aurora and Aurora Elite, and the REI Safari at the moment. A custom bike would be the ticket, but we're trying to be real about the $. Any reaction to these models, or any other suggestions to investigate? Again, fit seems to be a defining factor.

Looking at the Aurora Elite, I noticed that it has a carbon fork with eyelets for a front rack - the first time I've seen this. Does anyone have any experience with this fork, or opinions on carbon forks for touring? I'm still riding my cro-moly!


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