My next tourer will be a FOLDER!
Just returned from a 4 month tour in SE Asia, which can be read about on my blog in my signature , and have decided that I have no desire to travel with a full size bike ever again.
I'm sold on the folder but there are still a few things that I find necessary that perhaps you could review and tell me if there is a folder out there that would suit me. Here is my laundry list of criteria:
- Accomodates wide tires
- Has wheels in a size where tubes and tires are available worldwide
- Has mounting points for racks
- Relatively long wheelbase
- Can possibly accomodate "north road" style bars (Dont know about this one)
- Double chainring up front with "normal" chainring and bail out ring for serious hills, 9 speed in the back (This is more of a thinking out loud item really, I'd add this custom setup to any bike I ended up getting)
Also, doing some reading, it seems that its encouraged to load the front of a folder more than the rear for stability. On my last bike I ran rear panniers but not front. Would that be a problem on a folder? If so, could I get away with running only fronts?
Thanks in advance for your help :thumb:
Solutions depend on budget and needs
Depending on your budget, Dahon's Smooth Hound http://www.dahon.com/intl/smoothhound.htm or Dahon's Speed TR http://www.dahon.com/us/speedtr.htm
fit your needs. Include Schwalbe 'Big Apple' tires in your search.
Bike Friday and others have great bikes also, it all depends on your budget.
Whichever direction you choose, traveling off the beaten path means you need to carry appropriate spare tires/tubes, spokes, cables, etc. This doesn't require much effort or excess weight for piece of mind.
Where did you go in SE Asia?