I am 'thinking about" a 4000 km trip as mentioned in the header with my 21 y.o. son. I am 60 y.o.
The Greenspeed GTO 32 spoke 20" wheels has Stelvio 28-406 (20 X 1 1/8) tyres. Can I put Schwalbe Marathons on instead to improve lifespan? Will the Marathon (or Plus) fit the rims?? Should I change the rear wheel from a 32 spoke to a 36 spoke wheel? I have Greenspeed GTO spares like you would NOT believe;-)
The diamondframe bike will be purchased in Perth - probably used for my 6'2" son and will at least have a Brooks leather saddle... The racks will probably be built in the fashion of Paul W's design...
I will not use my Bob Ibex because of the airfreight cost of taking it to Perth. Instead, I plan to buy (in Perth or by mail-order) a robust 2 wheeler freight trailer described as "About as basic as they come, but still more than functional. This trailer will haul up to 40kg on its 630 x 425mm bed. 13kg in weight and any colour you like, as long as it's black.......
Quick and easy to fold and store
20" steel quick-release wheels
Strong & durable steel frame
Quick & easy to use mounting hitch "
For the 2 of us doing the 4000km trip (in less than 40 days), are there any glaring omissions? The road route is strictly bitumen.
In 2006 I rode the Savannah Way via Domadgee and Boroloola and Roper River along mainly gravel roads on my diamond frame touring bike (26", 48 spoke wheels) with Bob Ibex trailer. It was a robust/tough trip but easy to do plodding along.
On the bitumen, the road is different. Water is less available and there are fewer trees so I will need a tent and sleeping bags.
Comments? Suggestions. Naturally we will bring some warm (3 season) sleeping bagspads, TYVEC, and clothes. Should we expect rain along the trip (June-August) between Perth and Sydney? I know there will be somne frosty days, but wool and layers will take care of that - along with 3-season bags and sleeping pads in a tent.