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Gear Talk / What size panniers and how many
« on: March 01, 2004, 01:15:00 am »
I am a recumbent rider and have toured with Arkels t42, 2550ci.  Which I think are outstanding and the company to be one of the best customer service oriented I have come across. Enough room for a 4 day tour without carrying food and utensils.  I have looked at the new RT60, 3650ci which look humungus.  I am more inclined to get a second set of panniers for my underseat rack, probably 1700ci from Inertia.  It seems 2 sets of panniers may be more convenient for accessing.  As I am new to self contained touring I was wondering what size panniers people feel they need and whether they prefer 1 set of large bags or 2 sets  

Routes / Circling nj
« on: December 05, 2006, 05:12:15 pm »
I am looking for map info to tour the circumference of NJ.  Preferable self contained with occassional motels.  All info appreciated

General Discussion / Recumbent Bike Touring
« on: March 19, 2004, 12:53:19 pm »
I have 3 recumbents.  A SWB, LWB, and Trike.  I did a 4 day self contained tour with my son on my SWB and LWB.  I use 2 sets of panniers on each bike using an underseat rack in addition to the rear rack.  Very stable with the underseat rack as the bags are close to the ground and centered on the bikes.  Recumbents climb well but slow, so you need to have low gearing.  On the flats or down hill they are very stable and fast.  It takes a few months to get your bent legs as you use different muscles.  They are much better for touring as you are always looking up and can really enjoy the senery, along with comfort you have yet to experience.  Once you get used to a recumbent you will never go back.

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