hi Ul, have fun riding these shakedowns. All the best with the B17, I am pretty much convinced that warmer temperatures will help with it forming to you quicker, but I hope it is reasonably comfortable for up to an hour at least for now, thats how mine was for a while (and the used one I bought recently is similar as I have it on my bike now on an indoor trainer, and tend to do 45 to 90 min sessions on it)
as for weight, you know, at first I thought it was a bit much, but then going over your list, I saw that you have essentially the same amount as I always have on a trip----but, now, with the electronic doo-dads, the phone, D40, laptop etc means that your 48lbs is probably "X" amount more than what I used to have, but all the electronics and chargers.
In any case, these rides will be good to see how you like the weight distribution, I personally like a lighter front end, and while I initially thought your front rack was way to burly, I see with the extra electronic stuff, you probably do need the extra upper rack part of that front rack.
going back to the saddle, I would suggest also keeping a real eye, ear?? more like "feel" out for how it is, and perhaps making some small adjustments with it to see if it would be more comfortable.
back to gear--I would find 3 spare tubes a lot, a tire? dunno, I was never one to carry a spare tire--as you can see, I am generally pretty darn careful about my total gear weight and while I forget exactly what weight my stuff used to be, I am fairly certain it was around 40 lbs (again, this makes sense if you subtract tire, 2 spare tubes, and all electronic stuff)
oh, as for fenders, I find that they make a real difference for keeping crap off the front derailleur, and your feet too.--*oh, no rain pants and rain botties? I wouldnt tour without either. In my opinion, wet shoes take so damn long to dry, and wet feet suck big time, especially if you are run down a bit and if its the least bit cool. I find these indispensible:
not sure if you are familiar with gear inches, but your 30granny-34rear gives a 24 gear inch low. A bit lower than my present cross bike with 30-32.
As a reference for touring however, my old touring bike originally had about a 25 inch low, but I changed it to about a 22 inch low, which was essentially a "gear" lower, which was very very appreciated when I was fully loaded and in hilly areas.
Originally Posted by djb
"44-32-22 with a 12-34"
I personally would find this too low, not that it wouldnt be fine for loaded touring, but more cuz unloaded it really is waaay to low overall. ~I dont like using the 11 and 12 tooths that much, but from my experience with the 50-39-30, I could see a 48-36-26 being a really good touring crank, while still being very useable for allthe unladen riding we do as well.
Thanks for the compliments and also wanted to let those touring know that I decided to end up going with a Sugino XD 600 46-36-24t crank and it was perfect; rarely if never spun out of the top end (maybe that one time when I hit the touring bikes top speed of 41.5mph in Wyoming).
Here are some of the rest of the stats from the ride:
Total mileage: 3743
Average miles per day: 65
Average pace: 13 mph
Hours spent on the bike seat staring at asphalt: 290
Number of days the trip took: 70
Number of days ridding: 58
Longest riding day: 104
Shortest riding day: 32 miles
(technically 5 miles on the last day, but I consider that a parade ride)
Nights spent in a sleeping bag: 42
Flat tires caused by the road: 3
Flat tires caused by me for not performing a proper flat change: 3
Daily calorie consumption goal: 6,000 – 6,500
Favorite junk food: Peanut M&M’s followed by Dairy Queen Blizzards (Chocolate with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups)
Least favorite junk food: Pop Tarts and most anything fried
(a box of pop tarts for breakfast gives some of the best calorie per $ available)
Body weight loss: about 10%
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glad the bike and gearing worked out, as well as the whole trip.
Hey DJB, I know it's years later, but I just went back to re-read this whole post (noticed a bunch of broken pics) and have to say Thanks Again!!!! You were really great about giving good advice and experience. Cheers Mate!
PS - The B17 never broke in (my arse broke in more at the time.... I think)