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Old 10-29-07, 06:18 PM   #1
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Downtube NS touring setup

I just ordered a downtube NS and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail. I am moving to Belgium for 6 months for my job and plan to take the Downtube along as my bike. I intend to travel by train on the weekends, and dont like the idea of paying extra to bring a bike, so a folder seems like a great idea. However, I am looking into doing some short (1-2night) tours while I am in Europe, and would like to set my bike up for that. I know that the NS comes with a rear rack, so I am looking for a set of panniers that will work with the rear rack and not drag the ground/hit my feet. I also want to find a rack that will fit onto the front of the bike. Its hard to tell what will work and what will not by looking at a web page. Could anyone share their experience with setting up a downtube for touring?

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Old 10-30-07, 07:43 AM   #3
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I just ordered a downtube NS and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail. I am moving to Belgium for 6 months for my job and plan to take the Downtube along as my bike. I intend to travel by train on the weekends, and dont like the idea of paying extra to bring a bike, so a folder seems like a great idea. However, I am looking into doing some short (1-2night) tours while I am in Europe, and would like to set my bike up for that. I know that the NS comes with a rear rack, so I am looking for a set of panniers that will work with the rear rack and not drag the ground/hit my feet. I also want to find a rack that will fit onto the front of the bike. Its hard to tell what will work and what will not by looking at a web page. Could anyone share their experience with setting up a downtube for touring?

Thanks!

-Daniel
You should check out this website:

http://www.gaerlan.com/

They offer a wide range of touring gear for folding bikes. The company owner is also a very nice guy who will even discuss different options with you over the phone.

If you're going to be touring in hilly areas, you might also want to consider a smaller chainring up front.
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Thanks for the input.

I got my NS in the mail this weekend, and took it for a ride for the first time last night. So far I have been very impressed, but I need to make some tweaks to the shifitng and brakes.

I checked out the link, and its a great resource for touring gear. I emailed the owner and he was very helpful.
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