Originally Posted by vadopazzo
Hey Paul, got any pics from that tour? I am curious to see your setup. Did you keep the factory rack or replace it? Keep the trekking handlebar or toss it?
Here’s a picture of my setup. I would have liked to have added a larger picture but the attachment feature only allows pictures below 100 KB.
I kept the factory rack and used Arkel hook kits and six gallon Rubbermaid buckets for panniers. They worked very well.
This tour was a family affair (wife and four children), so I used a cycletote trailer for the two four man tents. The trailer was a bit heavy, about 100 pounds fully loaded. It worked out well since we toured only on Wisconsin bike trails which are fairly level.
I liked the handlebars so I kept them, but they were too low. I added a stem riser and they were still too low so I flipped the handlebars over. Now the ends of the bars rose up instead of down. Perfect!! That is once I added new cables since the old ones were now too short.
If you look closely, you can see the ESGE kickstand which was effective most of the time in keeping the bike upright.