Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Taos, NM
Bikes: 2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
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??? you dont need to buy panniers. the extrawheel comes with storage bags and the means to mount them LOQ [edit, i meant LOW] , also center of gravity is much lower than a set of panniers on a rack. in fact you cant mount panniers on it, from what I've seen of the product picts and reviews. see http://www.extrawheel.com/index_en.php
i looked at the bob, WAY heavier. requires I carry extra tires and tubes. the extrawheel is available in 700c, can use same tires and tubes as the rest of the bike. weight 8 pounds. very attractive. gets great reviews.
[edit, Extralight is not so much lighter, close to 10.7 pounds, Bob Yak is 13.5 plus carrying additional spare tire and tube]
dont think a rack is a good option for either of these bikes. a 15 dollar rack that will mount to a bike with no rack eyelets? can you provide a link? from the threads I've seen about touring on racing bikes it seems the general opinion is rack/panniers is not a great idea because of the load on a frame not designed for it and short stays. I'd like to tour with my carbon fiber Roubaix elite (when its going to be hilly because its a triple) else a Specialized s-works tricross (E5 aluminum) which has no rack mounting provision unlike the tricross sport and comp
ah well, I've ordered the trailer. I'll post reports on how it all works out.
2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels
Last edited by jbpence; 09-03-07 at 05:28 AM.