Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: middle canada
Bikes: trek 8000, GF sugar 1, 1975 schwinn fairlady, 1942 ccm, 1965 ccm retro mod, khe lagger flatland bike...ect..
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FS vs Rigid
Hello everyone. I am new here, and look forward to being a participating member. I am planning on touring canada and the U.S. this comming spring. It will be my first time living from a bike, my only other exp that will be close was living from a vw bus for a while.
as i am getting my materials prepared, it is time to decide what bike i want to take. I have 2 choices. one is a full susp and one completely rigid. a 2002 Garry Fisher sugar 1, and a trek 8000.
the trek is old and will probably get some doner parts and new bearings throughout if i decide to use it.
Full Susp:, use a bob yak trailer. more comfy, still nice and light, however a bit fragile with the xtr grouping, carbon fiber rear triangle and bushing pivots. also more moving parts and riding both air shocks could lend itself to annyoing leakage.
rigid, : the trek, have had this beast since 97, has had bb replaced but wheel bearings should be done before i go, its running as 7speed commutor right now so i will need to put the front DR on, and get some new gears. it also have a very "over top" stance, so i will need either new stem or riser handlebars. its rigid so its much more effiecient then FS, less stuff to break, and heavier tubing then the race ready sugar. however this Alu frame has seen apprx 10000 miles, so it has been stressed. i would be running arkel xm 42 rear and xm 28 front (xm was recommended by yves for my intent, with the G series being a bit over kill).
what would you pick and why?
what a great problem to have, i cant wait to see what is out there! i definitly have the bite!
take care all.