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Old Trek catalogue pic of tourer(9 posts)

Old Trek catalogue pic of tourerrightsaidfred
Dec 10, 2002 8:37 PM
That looks crazy. How do you ride with all that stuff? Anybody done it?
I did with all but the front panniers nmPdxMark
Dec 10, 2002 8:49 PM
In my day we did stage races with that gearChainstay
Dec 10, 2002 9:28 PM
Done that (not the stage race part though) In the early 70's I rode 3000 miles with 21 pounds of gear - twice. I broke a rear axle once but basically the concept is pretty sound, even on fast descents. Never used the front panniers though. One trip I had a Raleigh Grand Prix and the other a Peugeot PX 10E.

PS: I walked 10 miles to school each way as well
Raleigh GPdeHonc
Dec 10, 2002 10:31 PM
Ah Yes - the Raleigh Grand Prix - that takes me back - I had a Blue one that I remember fondly as a young teenager!
I used to commute that way...almostAndy M-S
Dec 11, 2002 6:30 AM
College commutes on my Grand Prix, rear panniers full of books and stuff, handlebar bag with lunch (no front panniers, tho). Must've weighed a couple of tons, but I was young and strong.

I'm told front panniers are better for weight distribution, and these days, I don't have a bike with long enough stays for rear panniers...but one of these days, Ah'm goin' TOURING!
LOTS of people do itRay Sachs
Dec 11, 2002 6:47 AM
You have to adjust your expectations regarding speed, handling, particularly climbing. You need little baby gears and a very stable bike. But its a great way to travel. I haven't done any major expedition touring, but did a 10 day tour from northern Vermont back to my place in SE Pennsylvania a few years ago carrying about 35 pounds of gear.

-Ray
I'm w/Ray--that's a standard touring setupcory
Dec 11, 2002 8:24 AM
I haven't done any tours of more than 2-3 days, but that's a very typical touring setup. If you drive or ride along the Pacific Coast in summer, for instance, you'll see dozens of bikes rigged just like that.
SF to Boston. No front panniers. Camped most nights. nmBrooks
Dec 11, 2002 8:07 AM
re: Old Trek catalogue pic of tourerFattrax
Dec 11, 2002 9:24 AM
That was pretty much my set-up on a Trek 930 while I was on my 9-month bike tour of Europe, except I used JANN expedition panniers—of which I can't praise enough. The handling is different, a bit sluggish, and you need a bit more braking distance. However, once you get use to it, it's no problem.