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Old 08-16-04, 10:39 PM   #1
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'Bent touring

Any of you guys tour with tour bent's or trikes? I want to get into bicycle touring/camping. I really want a trike. But i can't afford it right now. I'll have to start a savings plan!!!
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Old 08-17-04, 10:51 AM   #2
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Any of you guys tour with tour bent's or trikes?
I do.

I ride a Burley Canto and pull a Burley Nomad trailer. Occasionally when the load demands it, I will travel with panniers too made by Arkel.

Do you have a question regarding touring by bent?
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Old 08-17-04, 11:20 AM   #3
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No reason you can't tour with a 'bent. I've heard they will tow trailers nicely as well.

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I've never toured with my semi-'bent, but I've towed a trailer with it several times. Most recently with 100 lb of cat litter. Handling was, well, truck-ish, but I sure had momentum! Other times I routinely carry 50 lb in the trailer, and although it's a little slow starting, it's very stable and predictable at cruising speed. Last weekend I saw a couple of 'bents (one homemade, one EZ-1-SC) towing trailers full of "curb shopped" items to the ad hoc "free store" set up during move-in move-out weekend.
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Do you have a question regarding touring by bent?

I was wondering about hills. I only ride about 3 to 6 mph uphill on my MTB depending on the grade. I've tried recumbents. Rans Stratus and the Vrex. Trying to start uphill on the Vrex was impossible. My foot would always hit the front wheel. However, I liked to more laid back position of the V-rex. The Stratus was great but even slightly uphill was wobbly.

How long does it take to get rid of the wobble? I want to ride in traffic, also.
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I've been touring with a bent since 1987. It works great!!!!! I wouldn't tour with anything else. I've never toured with a trailer, I've always used panniers (I've used trailers, just not for touring). I'm sure a trailer would work well too. As far as the wobble and starting on hills... well, that just takes practice, practice, practice. My experience is that it's easier to start on hill with a short wheel base then a long (I've owned both), but that's just my experience.
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Touring isn't something I've tried on my EZ-1 SC yet. I can say I've towed a 40 pound very wiggly three year old all over the place in an In- Step trailer and we both love it! I would be willing to bet that camping gear would be much easier.
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Bike camping is really what I want to do. I thought of two panniers and a trailer for gear.
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I was wondering about hills. I only ride about 3 to 6 mph uphill on my MTB depending on the grade. I've tried recumbents. Rans Stratus and the Vrex. Trying to start uphill on the Vrex was impossible. My foot would always hit the front wheel. However, I liked to more laid back position of the V-rex. The Stratus was great but even slightly uphill was wobbly.

How long does it take to get rid of the wobble?
It does take time to develop the different muscle sets that recumbent geometry needs to climb. If you are new to recumbents, plan on two things: more time training and a reduction in wobble over time... which will happen.

Also consider most of the people who think bents cannot climb are probably new to them. Their muscle sets have not developed yet so they may be discouraged.

Regarding traffic, either of the two bents you mentioned would work. I think shorter wheelbase bikes like the Vrex are more optimal for this. But everyone has an opinion about that. I ride a Burley Canto which can convert between long and short wheelbase. If I had to choose, I would say short wheelbase would be my preference. But it is just that - a preference.
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"Bike camping is really what I want to do. I thought of two panniers and a trailer for gear."

I've just returned after a week long camping-tour using my RANS Rocket (similar to the V-Rex). I used Arkel RT60 and T22 panniers- and could have fit everthing I needed (or wanted) into just the RT60's. One thing I did do is replace the chainrings to give a 108 to 22 in ratio instead of the stock 113 to 26 for easier hill climbing (and better shifting).
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That's what I plan to do with my EasyRacers LWB. I think bents are the best for touring...all day comfort.
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I have a LWB Vangard that I have done some minor touring on and the person I got it from took it across the country 3 times. When I went out I had about 100 lb that I pulled. The main thing is getting the gearing right. I run a 19,45,48 front with a 12-30 seven speed rear. With the realy small gear in front hills are slow but not to bad. It does take some practice to go that slow. I don't think I would pull that much with a SWB.

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