A friend and I are going to ride the West Coast from San Francisco to LA.. I have looked at a lot of posts but still have a few questions..
I will be riding a Eddy Merckx road bike, is is better to pay the money from the OMM racks for bikes with no eyelets or are the P-clamps and a stock rear rack with panniers and truck bag solid enough.
Most of the tour will be staying at hotels but will be carrying ultra lightweight tent and sleeping bag just in case we have to camp. I am looking at about 20-25lbs of gear total.. I thought about a BOB but reading many of the posts that sounds like a little much for a lightweight tour in the summer..
I figure a rear rack with panniers and truck and a small handlebar bag will suffice... Just need to know if the extra money for OMM racks is necessary. I like that the racks set back a little so there is no chance of heel clipping..
I will be riding a compact crankset - 50x34 with a 12-28 cassette.. Is this enough gearing considering that I am going lightweight? Would it be more practical to put slicks on my Fisher hardtail to make the trip. Unfortunately my Fisher does not have eyelets for racks either..
For those of you who have done this trip what is a necessity and what could you live without.. I already have the Bicycling The Pacific Coast book and will get a couple of maps from the ACA that were mentioned in other posts..
All opinions appreciated...