Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Presently in Hanoi, Vietnam
Bikes: Diamondback ascent. It's not flash, but it's MY BIKE
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Well, it's not a rock solid plan yet, and I don't hold any illusions as to the safety of riding alone but plenty of people do trips like this and I am probably at much greater risk as i stumble home from the latest party at 4am. Wouldn't carry much worth killing for anyway.
Was confused about this brake issue also because the levers on the bike say "shimano V-brake" in fact the new ones work bloody well, I followed all the instructions found on this site for setting up both sets so I reckon that wasn't the problem, with the cantis I had to grip like a mad ape to slow the bike, now I just need to use my index finger. Maybe the last owner had v-brakes swapped to cantis....
So anyway, if I do go ahead, I guess I will need a new set of strong wheels at the least. Racks I can try to fabricate using readily available materials, but other than that is there any point in adapting the frame like i mentioned? It has quite a long wheel
base and feels pretty comfy and stable so it's just about the best bike I can hope to get my hands on out here.
Opinions and advice welcome, hopefully some positive ones to balance it out!