|Old Trek catalogue pic of tourer||rightsaidfred|
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 nm||PdxMark|
Dec 10, 2002 8:49 PM
|In my day we did stage races with that gear||Chainstay|
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
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...almost||Andy 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 it||Ray 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.
|I'm w/Ray--that's a standard touring setup||cory|
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. nm||Brooks|
Dec 11, 2002 8:07 AM
|re: Old Trek catalogue pic of tourer||Fattrax|
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 panniersof 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.|| |