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Gear Talk / trailer pulling and old guys
« on: January 19, 2008, 04:02:58 pm »
You should really be commended for planning a long tour and not considering your age.  Look at it this way, cycle touring is a great equalizer.  I know for a fact that someone thirty years old who is not in "bike shape" will hit the wall much faster than someone 60+ who has been preparing physically. One advantage of a trailer is that it is easy to remove the load and ride around unladen when you get to areas that you want to linger in.


Gear Talk / Euro Touring Bars
« on: March 06, 2007, 03:13:16 pm »

I just went to the Breezer site.  The bars are the Steerhorn style.  They come strait out with a downward bend and then turn up.

The Koga Dali Bars are like side by side parenthesis.  They break to the middle.

They do not connect, however like other butterfly style bars and are covered in foam.  They are extremely comfortable and look great with the ITM Vertigo Stem.

Thanks for the effort!!!!

Gear Talk / Euro Touring Bars
« on: March 06, 2007, 03:03:49 pm »
Thanks a lot,  That was a BIG help.  I have been searching for these bars for a month! :) :) :)

Gear Talk / Euro Touring Bars
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:44:47 pm »
What an adventure selecting the proper handlebars, right?  I am wondering if it is possible to order Koga Dali Handlebars with Koga Foam.  I don't want a world traveller since I prefer the Thorn Nomad with renolds steel tubing.  Here is a photo of the bars.  

They are very hard to find, but I have to have them or a near exact duplicate.  Cab anyone offer a suggestion?  I do not see where they are sold as an accessory anywhere.  It looks best with an ITM Vertigo Stem which I cannot find as well.



Gear Talk / Road or Touring?
« on: January 28, 2007, 10:35:56 pm »
Clearance for fatter tires is a good point.  You may also want to consider whether or not you will be touring with bags, and if so how much gear will you carry.

The chainstay length on a lot of road bikes does not typically provide enough heel clearance for you to mount rear panniers. The other thing to consider with an average road bike is the stability under the load.  You would not want to be doing wheelies up the hills!

Gear Talk / Most durable Crankset
« on: January 28, 2007, 10:26:04 pm »
Thanks Russell. Didn't know that.  It's useful to me because I will be doing much more riding this year and I thought I would get a few chains and switch them out every 500 miles or so.

Gear Talk / Most durable Crankset
« on: January 28, 2007, 04:52:39 pm »
Thanks guys.  I thought maybe just drop down to Shimano XT.

Gear Talk / Most durable Crankset
« on: January 27, 2007, 08:14:33 pm »
I am preparing for a tour of just under 1,000 miles.  I am considering which crankset would offer the most durability for me.  I will probable get a Shram chain because I like the Powerlink.  I had been considering Shimano XTR since I want the M960 SHifters on my flat bar set up.  Recently, however I have heard that they are not very robust.  Any suggestions? :confuse:

Gear Talk / which racks?
« on: January 28, 2007, 10:45:57 pm »
You know Thorn also makes some bombproof racks.  Wandering Wheel mentioned that he preferred a solid top platform.
This is not completely solid but it is close.


Gear Talk / which racks?
« on: January 20, 2007, 06:47:01 pm »

I am doing the same thing and I have talked to ten people over the past two months in more that one forum.  I am going to suggest Robert Beckman Designs to you because I love the strength and simplicity and looks of this rack.

You may notice that the way the rack connects to the frame is nicer than just about any other!

Gear Talk / Building a Thorn Nomad
« on: January 20, 2007, 07:34:26 pm »
Whoops! I had not considered the altitude. I know the bike can handle it but it's rider better hit the hills soon.  

I'll have Continental Top Touring, probably 37's so I hope it proves to be a good choice.

Cheers! :)

Gear Talk / Building a Thorn Nomad
« on: January 20, 2007, 06:41:52 pm »
Thanks Dave! You have confirmed what I was hoping to hear.  I have talked to others (mountain bikers) who had great things to say about those components as well.  Money is an issue, but I swear I'm going to sell my car soon and start to simplify my life!

I will be at the South rim some time in May.  It sounds like you have been there.  Were you part of an organized tour or did you go it alone?


Gear Talk / Building a Thorn Nomad
« on: January 20, 2007, 03:24:04 pm »

I love Surly as well! They make great frames.  My Nomad can't take a Rohloff. (well, it could but it would be a mess running the cables)  They just did come out with a Nomad that's Rohloff equipped but it cost's as much as my daughter's car. :8o:

Gear Talk / Building a Thorn Nomad
« on: January 20, 2007, 03:17:31 pm »

Thanks for the reply.  I don't plan on carrying massive loads up Mountains, but I am touring the Grand Canyon area for about 2 weeks this summer.

I am looking at the Shimano XTR gruppo Shifters, Derailleurs, Crank and Avid Mechanical Disc brakes.  I am putting on a Jones H Bar
My only concern, due to lack of experience with Mountain gearing, is that I'll wind up with gear ranges that are too low for long touring.  If it is suitable, fine that is what I'll order.  Do you have any oppinions on using the entire XTR Group for a touring rig?

Gear Talk / Building a Thorn Nomad
« on: January 19, 2007, 01:55:49 pm »
I just ordered a Thorn Nomad from SJS Cycles in the UK.  I purchased the frame only and wanted some oppinions for the best crank, shifter and brake combinations.  I like drop bars and really plan mostly road use.   I will be on long tours and want high end, reliable components.  Does anyone have any experience with components that not only function well, but make for a really nice ride on this particular frame?  I know that I will need a triple crank for sure.Text

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