Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
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Define 3 speed....
I do short tours on my Superbe and my Twenty, only modifications that I would consider a requirement would be to upgrade the brakes and to swap the rear cog out for something a bit more suitable.
My Twenty is currently running a 44/15 my Superbe a 46/22. I have done a double cog deal on the back of the Superbe in the past. IIRC you can run a 4 tooth difference and not have to lengthen or shorten the chain. You remove the spacers and put the dished cogs back to back. When you need to change gears, you stop, loosen the wheel, move the chain over, adjust the gear cable tension and go on your merry way. I have also carried different cogs and spare chain but never bothered to use them. I do walk a few hills but I look at that as a chance to give my rear a rest and use a different set of leg muscles.
By gear I assume you mean equipment for cooking and sleeping? I use a Carradice Nelson
saddle bag with an alcohol stove, single pot and a few other necessary items. Tent and sleeping bag are strapped on the rack.
My tours are typically S24O's, mileage is around 35 or so each way. My wife and I have done one 3 day tour via B&B's and only carried the basics in clothing.
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