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Old 09-28-05, 09:19 AM   #1
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Touring Tuscany on Our Folders

My wife, baby and I just finished a 7 day bike trip in Tuscany with our folding bikes. It was great. Here's what we had:

Bike Friday New World Tourist --
-Sachs 3x7 hub and sti shifters
-21 to 105 gear inches
-front and rear racks loaded with camping gear and four panniers (cannondale and Madden)

Dahon Speed P8 --
-Modified with SRAM 3x9 rear hub
-18 to 85 gear inches
-rear rack with gear in two panniers (Vaude)

Burley Solo baby trailer --

Everything went off without a hitch and no mechanical problems whatsoever. Both bikes packed into standard samsonite oyster case hardside suitcases that we got at a yard sale for $4 each. Had to pack the trailer in a box, but everything was well within airline size and weight limits - no extra charges!
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Sounds like you had a totally great time- what, no trip report?

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Been trying to post it, but it had too many characters, then the word version was too big an attachment, then the .pdf was too big (though less than half the size of the word version.) any ideas?
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Been trying to post it, but it had too many characters, then the word version was too big an attachment, then the .pdf was too big (though less than half the size of the word version.) any ideas?
Well, I suppose you could either cut and paste from the word document into 2 or more postings (depending on how many characters are allowed?) Or if you had access to a website, maybe you could upload the pdf and then post a link to it here?

Anyway, I second the motion - we want to hear more about your trip!

Hey, maybe we should have a sticky thread in the folder category for people to post their touring experiences? Or a folding sticky in the touring category?

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Put it up on geocities, etc. and post a link here. I'd like to see it, too.
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OK - got it onto a website. enjoy!

http://www.geocities.com/bendegroot/TuscanyTripv2.pdf

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Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!!! It's already exceeded the Geocities bandwidth allowance! I'll have to wait patiently until tomorrow now... I'm obviously not the only one who was waiting to read the story!
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Aaah, finally got through to Geocities..

Quite a trip, thanks for the write up! Quite brave with the trailer on those hills. I'm thinking more of the weight than anything else. Oh well, when I was a baby my dad used to pull me behind him on skis in a sled across the mountains in Norway; what don't parents do for their kids, eh?
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it wasn't too bad really, since we were geared pretty well. we just went really slow. surprisingly, the scarier part was the steep descents - all that weight really pushes the limits of the rim brakes. plus, with the smaller wheels, they heat up pretty good. On the plus side, the baby got to try all kinds of new foods - they had veal and trout baby food!
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