Hello from the Maldives
Hello there fellow Enthusiasts!
I am actually just a noob. I've been bike riding for several years as a main source of transportation. But have only taken to smaller competitions in the last year and a half. I will also be doing my first bike tour in Eastern Europe this Fall.
I just purchased a vintage Trek Elance Touring Bike. I'm in love with it. The vendor was extremely helpful in getting the bike to my distinct location, so I'm very happy to have the bike.
I was originally thinking about loading it up with Saddle Bags (Panniers), but I think I'm going to just use a one piece double rear pannier and a small/medium back pack so that I can have mobility when I get into towns and stuff. anyone have any experience or thoughts on this? I don't want to be encumbered by a massive amount of bags when I decide to head off on foot.
Also does anyone have any ideas on good brakes? I need something affordable. I'm looking at the Shimano Tiagra, which can be purchased for around $80. However, I've heard that Ultegra are top of the line and they sell for around $120. Any inputs?